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

Vintage New York V. Loewer's Gambrinus Brewery PRE Prohibition Beer Tray
Vintage New York V. Loewer's Gambrinus Brewery PRE Prohibition Beer Tray
$43.00
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Vintage J. Leinenkugel Brewing Co Chippewa Falls WI Oval Beer Serving Tray
Vintage J. Leinenkugel Brewing Co Chippewa Falls WI Oval Beer Serving Tray
$29.00
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F&M Schaefer Beer Vintage White Metal Serving Tray - 13 Inch Diameter Brewery
F&M Schaefer Beer Vintage White Metal Serving Tray - 13 Inch Diameter Brewery
$27.99
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Collectable Vintage 13” Pacifico Beer Beverage Tray
Collectable Vintage 13” Pacifico Beer Beverage Tray
$65.00
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Vintage Schaefer Brewing Co Beer Tray Brooklyn NY Albany NY Red 12
Vintage Schaefer Brewing Co Beer Tray Brooklyn NY Albany NY Red 12" Metal
$10.00
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VINTAGE RHEINGOLD BEER 12
VINTAGE RHEINGOLD BEER 12" METAL TIN LITHO TRAY LIEBMANN NEW YORK NY 117 YEARS
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