Antique Serving Trays

pbrtrayOften referred to as “PBR” by a new generation of beer drinkers, Blue Ribbon has surged in popularity within the last decade. For more than twenty years before that sales were slumping. As fashion tends to move in cyclical fashion, it took some time for people to come around to this classic brew.

To give you an idea of how old this beer is, it was released at a time when real blue ribbons were tied around the neck of the bottle (from 1882 to 1916). The practicality of doing such a thing to brand the product seems absurd today but serves as an interesting reminder of how industrialization changed everything.

The Pabst logo hasn’t changed much over the brand’s long history. Most vintage beer trays prominently portray the iconic blue ribbon, often excluding any additional artwork. Slogans that were used seem bizarre to those that didn’t come of age during the era.

One collectable tray from 1981 reads “give that man a Blue Ribbon… the taste of real beer.”

Another tray features an illustration of four barbershop singers holding buckets of frothy beer. This time the slogan along the rim reads “the good old time beer.” Even back then Pabst was trumpeting its vintage status.

Probably one of the most visually striking trays have a prominent painting of a flapper (20s term for modern women) along with an ornate blue background and Blue Ribbon logo to the left of the portrait. This is the old-time equivalent of hot babe merchandise used to sell beer. The only difference is it isn’t revealing at all.

Pabst collectables are a must have for any home bar, whether you grew up drinking it in your youth or recently rediscovered it during its resurgence. It’s arguably one of the more enjoyable macro-brews out there, with a distinct corn taste (although a little flat).

Pabst Blue Ribbon Trays on eBay

1976 Bicentennial Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery Serving Tray 13
1976 Bicentennial Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery Serving Tray 13"
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VINTAGE ADVERTISING PABST BLUE RIBBON BEER  BREWING SERVING TRAY M-29
VINTAGE ADVERTISING PABST BLUE RIBBON BEER BREWING SERVING TRAY M-29
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Vintage Pabst Blue Ribbon PBR tray
Vintage Pabst Blue Ribbon PBR tray
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antique 1950s ]pabst blue ribbon tip tray
antique 1950s ]pabst blue ribbon tip tray
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VINTAGE 13" PABST BLUE RIBBON BEER TRAY P-1489 SERVING TRAY TIN METAL TRAY
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Original Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer bartender serving mugs of beer serving tray NICE
Original Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer bartender serving mugs of beer serving tray NICE
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The first tin trays used to advertise beer were produced in the 1890s. They remained a popular item for several decades until it was no longer commonplace for breweries to have them made. Twelve and thirteen inch round trays were the most common after Prohibition. Before that oval-shaped trays were fashionable. Other types included trays used for collecting tips, solid brass trays, and porcelain coated trays. Diverse styles of artwork included anything from landscape paintings with ornate lettering to cartoon bar maids.

With all the breweries that have come and gone over the years, collectors can hang onto a piece of history with beer trays. A home bar is the safe-haven of many men and not one is complete without the addition of a least a few vintage trays and a neon sign on display.

Beer trays can be found for sale at vintage boutiques, antique malls, junk stores, flea markets, breweries, Breweriana shows and eBay. Although it’s easy to find beer trays in general the tough part is finding rarities. Sellers are savvier than ever as historically beer collectibles in good condition demand high prices.

Vintage Beer Trays on eBay

vintage beer tray and pourers - Schaefer, pabst, coronet
vintage beer tray and pourers - Schaefer, pabst, coronet
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vintage SCHAEFER BEER metal tray New York and Albany 12
vintage SCHAEFER BEER metal tray New York and Albany 12" white
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vintage SCHAEFER BEER metal tray Brooklyn & Albany, NY 12
vintage SCHAEFER BEER metal tray Brooklyn & Albany, NY 12" red Canco
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CARLSBERG BEER ADVERTISEMENT TIN TRAY VINTAGE SERVING COLLECTIBLE BREWERIANA OLD
CARLSBERG BEER ADVERTISEMENT TIN TRAY VINTAGE SERVING COLLECTIBLE BREWERIANA OLD
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vintage SCHAEFER BEER metal tray New York, Albany, NY and Baltimore 13 1/4
vintage SCHAEFER BEER metal tray New York, Albany, NY and Baltimore 13 1/4" A
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vintage SCHAEFER BEER metal tray New York, Albany, NY and Baltimore 13 1/4
vintage SCHAEFER BEER metal tray New York, Albany, NY and Baltimore 13 1/4" B
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