Here’s a picture of a collectible Budweiser Beer Stein in the basement of my house. It’s been at my home for as long as I can remember. But it’s always been used for decoration. Guess it something that belonged to my dad.
For fall, you might’ve heard about Ocktoberfest which to Americans seems like a German secular, Saint Patrick’s Day. You know, a kind of occasion that’s used to celebrate an ethnic culture as an excuse to get drunk. I mean in late September and early October, you tend to find a lot of local places hosting their own Ocktoberfest events usually consisting of people eating German food, men in lederhosen and women in skimpy German dresses, and everyone drinking lots of beer. But what you may not know is that Ocktoberfest is a real folk festival in Munich that spans from late September up to the first Sunday in October that attracts 6 million people from around the world annually. And aside from the traditional fare, it includes a lot of games and amusement rides. They have held this festival since the marriage of Bavaria’s future King Ludwig I (then crown prince) and Princess Therese Charlotte Luise of Saxony-Hildburghausen (try pronouncing that name) on October 12, 1810. The citizens of Munich were all invited to attend the festivities on the fields of what is now Theresienwiese (“Theresa’s Meadow”) which lasted for 5 days. And to end the celebrations, there was major horse race. Of course, the citizens of Munich enjoyed the festivities so much that they decided to repeat the celebrations in order to promote agriculture. Thus, it has become an important cultural event in Bavaria ever since. Of course, since Ocktoberfest is known for people drinking beer, Germany is also known for its beer steins which are tall beer glasses. Many of them tend to have lids but not always. And they can be made of glass, ceramic, or pewter. Still, they’re all used to drink beer. And while I’ll show you some traditional beer steins, I’ll show some off-beat and pop culture ones as well. So in commemoration for Ocktoberfest, I bring you an assortment of all the different kinds of beer steins. Enjoy.
- Now this is a stein fit for our rescue heroes.
For some reason, this doesn’t look like a traditional stein to me. More like a beer stein with a similar design you’d see on a plastic kids’ mug.
2. Of course, it sometimes pays to have one on the house, especially if it’s a castle.
Heard this is Falkenstein castle. But it kind of resembles Neuschwanstein to me for some reason. Then again, I’m more familiar with the latter.
3. Salute our canine heroes with this police dog beer stein.
Fittingly for Ocktoberfest, it’s of a German Shepherd. And it’s wearing its own little police outfit, too. Yeah, not sure what policemen would think about this.
4. Of course, even a monk has to take a swig of beer now and then.
Interestingly, the association with monks and beer goes way back to the Middle Ages. In fact, it’s not unusual for German monks to brew beer. The Bavarian monks at my college Saint Vincent in Latrobe did at some point as well.
5. For Ocktoberfest, show your love for the U-S-of-A with this beer stein of a bald eagle on a motorcycle.
Seems like this eagle is too big for his ride. Also, he’s not wearing a helmet. Besides, why ride a motorcycle when he could just fly? Then again, it’s all about symbolism, is it?
6. As they say, nobody is happier on Ocktoberfest than a pig in lederhosen.
A pig dancing in lederhosen. And it has big tusks, too. Still, this is pretty tacky if you ask me.
7. If you like Hollywood glamour and think diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then these Marilyn Monroe beer steins are for you.
I don’t know about these. Yes, Marilyn Monroe was an American icon. But does she really belong on a beer stein? At least a commemorative beer stein with Marlene Dietrich, Conrad Veidt, or Peter Lorre would be more understandable.
8. Celebrate America this Ocktoberfest with a beer stein depicting Thomas Kinkade’s painting of the US Capitol.
Yes, Thomas Kinkade beer steins do exist unfortunately. For some reason a bad artist like Kinkade has his fans. Still, kill it, kill it with fire.
9. In the future there will be portals, which will allow you to take your beer from the tap from anywhere.
Now this seems quite interesting. Some people might wish bars would operate like that all the time, especially waiters.
10. Sometimes drinking on Ocktoberfest makes you feel like an old goat.
Ironically, he doesn’t seem to be drinking from a stein here. Also, he’s crouched over on a stump. Still, quite tacky.
11. This card deck beer stein is perfect for any poker night.
Of course, not sure if drinking inhibits one’s ability to play cards. Then again, it probably does. Still, drinking and gambling seem to go together hand in hand.
12. For those born to ride, this beer stein is for you.
Had no idea that motorcycle fans have their on beer steins. Of course, this one sports a handle in the shape of a beer tap.
13. Of course, you can’t go all out at the bar without a Moscow beer stein like this.
Now this is pretty elaborate. Hate to drink out of that thing. Wonder if Putin has a stein like this. Then again, this is probably something you could find in any Moscow souvenir store.
14. Celebrate the yuletide season with your very own Christmas beer stein.
Yes, Christmas steins do exist. However, isn’t Santa supposed to have like 8-9 reindeer pulling his sleigh. Then again, it’s supposed to depict Germany and they might have a different tradition.
15. A rustic stein like this might bring you back to nature.
Then again, perhaps boozing during hunting season isn’t a good idea. I don’t have to imagine what could happen. Might want to stick with something else instead.
16. Of course, a wild hog can’t go without a beer stein like this.
Wonder how he manages to fit all his animals on one motorcycle. Guess we’ll never really know for sure.
17. Arr, drink your rum like a pirate with a stein like this.
Not sure if it’s Blackbeard. But it does have a lot of nice colors. Still, we should remember that pirates during their heyday drank a lot of booze and didn’t bathe or shave. Also, most of them didn’t make it past 30.
18. It’s always said that dem booze goes well with dem bones.
Well, not sure what’s up with him being covered white stuff while he’s sitting on a barrel. Still, this stein is more appropriate for a Halloween party.
19. Nothing echoes the spirit of Ocktoberfest than a dachshund in lederhosen.
Now the dachshund is another German breed. You’d know that they’re wiener dogs, but they can be quite aggressive. Still, I really don’t see how anyone looks good in lederhosen. Really I don’t.
20. Help yourself to the great taste of Coors Light with this Coors Light beer stein.
Actually don’t. My dad says that it’s like drinking soda water with alcohol. Yeah, not a great taste.
21. Spend Ocktoberfest at the beach with this Corona Extra Blue Parrot Club beer stein.
For some reason I don’t see Corona having a beer stein. I mean they’re Spanish in name and usually have their commercials on sunny, tropical beaches.
22. Of course, it ain’t Ocktoberfest without some cigars.
I’m sure there might be at least some bars in Munich with a no smoking policy. Then again, not sure what I think about smoking in bars because I never go to any.
23. Celebrate Halloween with a beer stein of Frankenstein’s monster.
Then again, Ocktoberfest and Halloween are in the same month. Well, sort of. Still, this is quite funny and clever. Wouldn’t mind having one like that.
24. Those who like busty German women might enjoy a stein like this.
Now this is in pretty poor taste. Like having a boob mug or boob anything. Seriously, if a guy had this, I’d question his taste in decorating.
25. Support your local sheriff with this canine sheriff beer stein.
Appropriately it’s also a German Shepherd as well. Still, it can also count as a State Trooper beer stein. I mean stateys wear the same outfits.
26. Honor your local firefighters for their service with a stein like this.
Of course, if you live in the US, it would be even better to write to your US Congressman to show support for policy supporting 9/11 first responders. Now those people need to be treated like the heroes they are.
27. Support your WWII veterans with this commemorative D-Day beer stein.
Of course, this might get your WWII vet grandpa in a frenzy on how he whooped the Nazis on the beaches of Normandy. Or his complaints of how Saving Private Ryan isn’t historically accurate in regards to swearing.
28. Fox hunters everywhere would enjoy their very own foxhound beer stein.
We should also not forget that it’s not uncommon for some fox hunters to booze up before the hunt. Yeah, would you want to see a drunk person on a horse with a gun? Not if you’re right next to them Or in front of them.
29. Enjoy a Corona this Ocktoberfest with this gecko beer stein.
First, blue parrots and now lizards. Not sure which one I’d prefer. Still, Corona’s steins really don’t have the Ocktoberfest spirit in my opinion.
30. Creep out your friends this Halloween by drinking out of your very own skull beer stein.
Heard that Lord Byron used to do this all the time. However, he’d drink from actual skulls. This one is ceramic, which is significantly less disgusting.
31. With this beer stein, your Ocktoberfest is sure to be elementary.
Of course, Sherlock Holmes didn’t really wear a deerstalker outfit in the books on a regular basis. That was country attire and was the Victorian equivalent of wearing camo and bright orange.
32. Honor America’s Civil War heritages with these beer steins of Robert E. Lee, Abraham Lincoln, and Ulysses S. Grant.
Now why does Robert E. Lee’s stein have a Capitol dome on it? The guy fought for the Confederacy. Guess the steins all had to match in form.
33. Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with your very own “Luck of the Irish” beer stein from Budweiser.
Nothing says Saint Patrick’s Day than having a German-American beer brand commemorate an Irish Catholic holiday. Look, Bud, Saint Patrick’s day is Guinness’s turf here.
34. Nothing shows the spirit of Bavaria than a beer stein of a monk making his own brew.
Yes, monks made their own beer at one point in history. And in Germany, nobody saw anything wrong with it. Not so in America as Bonifice Wimmer found out.
35. Show your high class snobbery with this Fabrege egg beer stein.
Of course, this one will probably cost an arm and a leg. Also, doesn’t seem to hold a lot either. So probably not worth it.
36. Nothing shows the true Scottish spirit than a kilt wearing Scottie with bagpipes and golf clubs.
Don’t see anything stereotypical about this one (sarcasm). Still, despite being a wee bit Scottish (well, 1/32 anyway), I find the sound of bagpipes annoying as hell.
37. Remember that all work and praying just wears a poor monk out before a beer.
Yes, I know people might think holy men shouldn’t drink or make alcohol. However, the German association with monks and beer is deeply rooted in historical fact. Monasteries made beer. Get used to it.
38. Come to the farm with this Clydesdale stable beer stein, courtesy of Budweiser.
Love how the horses are sticking out the window of these. Also, always enjoyed the Budweiser Clydesdale Super Bowl commercials. Even on bad years, they weren’t terrible to watch.
39. Of course, I can’t do a post on beer steins for Ocktoberfest without including one with a pretzel handle.
Got to have one with a pretzel somehow. After all, pretzels are among the foods associated with Ocktoberfest. That and sausage.
40. Of course, who says you can’t enjoy Ocktoberfest from the seat of your pants?
Yes, this is a beer stein depicting a pair of pants from Bavaria. No, I am not making this up. Believe me, I came across this on Pinterest.
41. Goose step your way into a Third Reich Ocktoberfest with this Nazi beer stein.
Actually don’t because Hitler and his Nazi thugs were very horrible people. And I’m just putting it mildly. However, I’m showing a picture of this Nazi beer stein for solely historical purposes. Yes, the Nazis did celebrate Ocktoberfest and they drank from Anti-Semitic steins like these. So to my viewers, do not, under any circumstances, buy or use this stein. I repeat do not buy or use this stein.
42. Of course, beware of the muscle monster from a beer stein like this.
Now this is so creepy, especially since the monster has absolutely no skin. Just seems like he’s all muscle. Maybe I think you might want to stick with the beer stein depicting Frankenstein.
43. Of course, steins aren’t meant for milk, but this cow print one has a down home taste.
Now this looks quite tacky. Then again, I view all animal prints that way. Still, wouldn’t want to be caught dead drinking from that.
44. Nothing shows German spirit than a beer stein of a crocodile playing golf?
Now I can understand if this was made in America since gators and crocs are plentiful in the South. And Florida isn’t shy to admit that. But this was made in Germany. And Germany isn’t known for its crocodile population. So seriously, why?
45. Of course, you can’t have Ocktoberfest without a beer stein of a saxaphone playing bulldog.
Well, at least the bulldog has a cigar like Winston Churchill. Still, I have to confess that I really don’t associate bulldogs with big band or jazz music.
46. Salute the King of Rock n’ Roll this Ocktoberfest with your very own Elvis Presley Blue Suede Shoe beer stein.
Wouldn’t imagine seeing a beer stein commemorating Elvis. Nor one as tacky as this. Still, a beer stein commemorating his Vegas years would’ve been more appropriate.
47. Celebrate this Ocktoberfest in Gotham City with your very own beer stein of its most famous Dark Knight.
Of course, it would be interesting to know how Batman would celebrate his Ocktoberfest. I mean it’s seen as a happy fun time. Batman isn’t known for his cheerfulness.
48. Celebrate the holidays with your very own Budweiser Clydesdale beer stein.
Budweiser may not make the best beer. But they’re pretty smart about promoting it with their Budweiser Clydesdale steins, especially around Christmas. Because everyone loves them.
49. For those on Wall Street, a stein with a bull and wolf stockbrokers will do nicely.
Now I know the bull stands for Bull market. So does this mean that the wolf is “the Wolf of Wall Street”? Then again, I always wonder which people on Wall Street are trying to avoid a jail sentence.
50. Enjoy Ocktoberfest in the halls of Valhalla with your very own Viking helmet beer stein.
We should be aware that the Vikings never wore horned helmets in battle. That was Wagner’s doing in his operas. Also, the lid might pose a safety hazard to others. Then again, it’s probably a collectible anyway.
51. This beer stein gives you just what the doctor ordered.
I posted a similar one for my post on mugs but it was for coffee. But I’m sure anyone who drinks out of this is bound to be drunk off their ass. I wonder if I should get this for my Uncle Frank who’s a doctor. Then again, I gave him a Steeler mug last year.
52. Now this stein shows that any man can be classy in a top hat and cane.
For some reason, this stein kind of reminds me of Sir Patrick Stewart. You know Professor X and Captain Picard. Not sure why.
53. Feast like a Hobbit this Ocktoberfest with this commemorative beer stein.
Now if you drink beer in this stein before elevencies, you might need to go on the Middle Earth Twelve Step Program. Still, nice artwork by the way.
54. Boldly go where no man has gone before this Ocktoberfest with this one of a kind Star Trek beer stein.
According to Mr. Spock, Ocktoberfest is one of those times of year when humanity is at its most illogical. This after Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Saint Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, New Years, and 4th of July. Meanwhile who knows where and with whom Captain Kirk wakes up on board during the festivities. And you have to feel for Dr. McCoy in sick bay.
55. Now this large stein is certainly fit for a king.
If you need a stein like this to hold your beer, I say you may need serious help, my friend. Yeah, definitely need to get to rehab or AA. Or as they say in the fairy tale world, “a Twelve-Step adventure.”
56. Aristocrats in the 18th and 19th centuries preferred their steins gilded with Grecian figures.
Yes, this is an old beer stein. Unfortunately, for anyone who wants one like this, I’m afraid it’s not for sale. And to quote the world’s worst archaeologist, “It belongs in a museum.”
57. Commemorate Neil Armstrong’s one small step with this NASA beer stein.
Now this is the kind of stein I can imagine Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson drinking from this Ocktoberfest. Of course, if he doesn’t have one like this, he’d certainly want one.
58. Celebrate German art with this beer stein commemorating Albrecht Durer.
Now Durer was a Renaissance painter in Germany known for his German humanist paintings and his association with the Reformation. This features some of his most famous works.
59. Show your love for America with this commemorative beer stein of the United States Seal.
Now that’s a nice beer stein. Sort of looks like a stein Obama would use. Kind of seems presidential for some reason. Yeah, probably due to the seal. Still, like the eagle lid on it. Very majestic.
60. Celebrate Germany’s victory at the World Cup with this commemorative beer stein.
Yes, I know it’s a year too late for this. But still, their men’s team did win the World Cup in Rio de Janiero against Argentina.
61. Celebrate the season with this beer stein depicting Santa Claus and the children.
Now I think Santa and the children are a bit creepy in this one. However, I love the Christmas tree lids though. Those are awesome.
62. Drink your beer like a Viking with this Viking beer stein horn.
Once again, Viking helmets didn’t have horns, at least most of the time. Other than that, it’s quite fitting. Yeah, can totally see Vikings boozing through drinking horns.
63. Show off your German heritage with this badass beer stein.
Now this looks quite badass indeed. But I’m sure any German drinking with this stein is certainly having a good time this Ocktoberfest. This is especially in Munich.
64. Quench your thirst with a mason jar stein.
Now this is quite clever. And if you’re not using it for boozing, you can use it for storage. Like any mason jar.
65. Take a swig on the high seas with this maritime bear stein, lads.
Now this one includes a wooden ship as well as dolphins, whale, and a figurehead mermaid handle. Hope this isn’t celebrating Moby Dick because we know what happened there.
66. Celebrate the spirit of German engineering with this beer stein commemorating the zeppelin.