Germany's History: Tough times

Germany through hard times

Infectious disease and Germany's resilience

After this last outbreak in SA, it has reminded us that Covid 19 is still present in our community. Covid 19 has rocked our society to its core, disrupting all aspects of our lives.

However, this isn’t the first time we have stared down the face of an infectious outbreak. Germany is known for its culture of innovators throughout history, and the humble Beer Stein or Beer Steinzenugkrug is no exception.

Traditional Beer Steins and hygiene practices

The Beer Stein originated in Germany during the early 14th Century. In 1348 the Bubonic plague or Beulenpestarrived in Germany, bringing with it waves of death, hardship, and an infestation of flies!  

The Plague was believed to be spread by insects, resulting in strict quarantine measures to quell the influx of the disease. Germany decided to introduce hygienic practices to eating and drinking establishments. These practices included a law that all drinking vessels must be covered to deter insects. And so, the traditional metal lidded stein, as we know it today, was created!

Designs of these traditional styles have evolved over time and can be dated depending on their materials, etchings, makers marks and shape of the lid. Most lids are conical or tiered, with slight variations in angle, engravings, and decorations. Flat, engraved lids are rare.


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Today the Beer Stein is a shining symbol of German culture, innovation and hygiene practices dating back to the 14th century. Every part of the German Beer Stein, from its name to its lid has a reason and a history behind it.


 In these times of hardship, we could all use a bit of German spirit! So, discover our collection of Traditional German Beer Steins online and own a part of history that has never been more relevant today!


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