Intro to the Art of Collecting Beer Trays

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