Collectible Beer Glasses
How to collect Beer Glasses!
Collectible beer glasses are one of the most likely hobbies that a beer lover would pick up. But you don't have to like beer to start collecting collectible beer glasses. In fact, the mind blowing variety that these glasses are available in, are enough to make collectible beer glasses a collectors delight.
An inexpensive hobby, collectible beer glasses can get as cheap or expensive as you want them to be. As a novice, it is good idea to begin with local varieties. But before you start buying, you need to set down the rules for your collection. The wide range of varieties can result in your collection getting out of hand, so set down some ground rules, such all glasses in the collection need to have a capacity over 0.4 liters, or that the glasses must have brands on them and so forth. This will make your search easier, and your collection more valuable and manageable.
Once you have decided on your ground rules, you will need to start looking for collectible beer glasses. Now even though many stores sell beer glasses, the Internet is one of the best sources for rare vintage beer glasses. Sign up with a collectors group, as they will be able to help you with the right places and right deals, apart from supplying you with loads of information. Websites such as breweriana.com, beerglasscollection.com and many others are good sources for information, as well.
There are many books available on the subject as well, and understanding which varieties of beer glasses are more valuable is a good thing. Belgian glasses, or German glasses, are quite a popular category amongst collectible beer glasses. The make of a glass, i.e. whether it is mould-blown or handmade are other factors which affect the value of a collectible beer glass. Most collectible beer glasses are quite similar, in that, they are either diamond-etched or acid-etched and all have an enamel finish.
After you have started collecting it is important that you store your collectible beer glasses carefully. Due to their fragile nature, they need to be handled with care. Also, you will need to make sure they do not get dusty, and a regularly cleaned. Wash these glasses with hot water, and try and avoid soap as much as possible, as this may leave a residue. It is advised that you create a display case for your glasses, as this will protect them from dust and moisture.
Once you have all these requirements in mind, it will only be a matter of time before you are the proud owner of an enviable collection of collectible beer glasses.