Pint glasses have become one of the faster growing collector’s items in America today. The reasons are several. Unlike many other items that are being collected, the pint glass is timeless and can be used in modern day living. A collection of vinyl records, bottle caps or stamps does not hold up to the same functionality.
The American market has seen the escalating growth of the beer industry, including the arrival of micro-breweries and local beer experts popping up in virtually every town and state. The beer culture has changed significantly as a result and beer drinkers are paying more interest to the sophistication and traditions, customs and products surrounding the world of beer drinking.
Many liken the ongoing beer drinking revolution with the wine-craze that swept the nations in the 1980’s and never let go.
Acceptable ways of drinking beer, according to beer lovers, are through the bottle or in a pint glass. The standardized pint size is the legally established measurement in which beer is served in the United Kingdom, and an adopted measurement elsewhere. Broadly, the pint glass is the most important aspect of beer drinking, apart from the beer itself. The styles range conic to jugular, inspired by traditional beer steins that date back to the middle ages in Germany.
To serve the unquenchable demand for pint glasses stemming from collectors and souvenir hunters, breweries, pubs, bars and other beer serving institutions see it as a necessity to carry a personal line of pint glasses. Collections are usually adorned with logos, emblems and taglines. The logos are either silkscreened or engraved on the glass. One particular micro-brewery in Minnesota took the collector craze so seriously it developed specific pint glass sets where each glass was signed and numbered, and came with a personalization service. Other popular collections are based on 70’s, 80s and recently 90’s nostalgia – and pop culture collections, including music bands, have frequently been big sellers.
The pint glass collector-phenomenon is not limited to North American, but has spawned a global collector’s sub culture. Several websites are dedicating to the documentation and trading of pint glasses, and on global auction sites, rarities and entire collections are changing hands over hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The payment and shipping for some of the rarest pint glasses in the collector culture can range up to a few hundred dollars – for one single piece.
If you’re looking for a good place to start your own pint glass collection, a recommendation is to start by getting a personalized set. Including your own name on a pint glass collection will make it truly unique, and a family legacy that can be handed down the family line, generation to generation.
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