Beer has been the most popular beverage in Germany for centuries. So the beer steins are an integral part of the German social life. ‘Beer stein’ is the name given to any beer drinking vessel now. But the name has originated from the word ‘stein’ meaning ‘stone’. So the original beer steins were stone ware.
Before the stone ware was evolved in 1400s, the affluent class used silver or pewter tankards. The people of lesser financial status used earthen ware or wooden mugs. Both these beer-drinking vessels could not be used for long, as the earthen ware was easily breakable and the wooden mugs were highly unhygienic, due to the smell.
By that time scientific temper was rapidly improving. So the furnaces with high temperatures were invented and used for firing the earthen ware. The material melted and combined to form a vitrified product. These were not porous but very strong. The hardness of the substance made it look and feel like stone and hence the name ‘stein’ came to be in use. Later, a pewter lid with a thumb lever was added to the steins, following the casualties of the great plague and the invasion of a kind of small flies all over Europe at that time.
Soon molds were used to mass produce the beer steins and elaborate etchings and carvings were made on them by way of decorations. Allegorical as well as historical themes and scenes were carved on them. As the years went by, other substances like glass, pewter and porcelain were also used to produce beer steins.
The great variety in the construction and appearance of the German beer steins soon gained the admiration of the world and they became very important as collectible articles and gift items as well as beer-drinking vessels.
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