About the Beer Stein Library

The Beer Stein Library (BSL) began its existence in late 1997. Its main purpose is to provide a repository of information where interested individuals can learn about the hobby of beer stein collecting.

Founder and Contributors

The BSL was initially conceived by Frank Loevi, retired CEO of a company that provides electronic research systems to the federal government. An avid stein collector since the mid-1980s, Frank’s decision to develop the site was based on the conclusion that his background put him in a unique position to spend his retirement years (hopefully at least 20 or 30) marrying computers and the Internet to the hobby he loves.

Jerry Berg, another long-term and deeply involved collector, also contributes his time and expertise to the Library on an ongoing basis, working on a wide variety of projects ranging from catalog building to pricing guide maintenance.

The thousands of German to English translations found in the BSL’s online stein catalogs are largely the work of Dagmar Rives, whose continuing contributions also include the translation of German language source documents that are often essential for the development of articles and catalog descriptions.

Over the years, BSL development efforts have also been aided and abetted by a substantial number of other Library members and supporters, including: John Hataloski and the late Les Hopper, whose extensive beer stein collections provided the source for literally thousands of the photographs that can be found in the Library’s online stein catalogs; The Stein Auction Company, which contributes auction catalog photographs on an ongoing basis; Louis Foster, who provided an excellent article entitled “Figural Munich Child Steins: History and Mysteries,” as well as photos of many of the Munich Child steins found throughout the Library; David Harr, who was similarly involved with the figural stein components of Merkelbach & Wick Stein Catalog and elsewhere; and many, many others, too numerous to mention individually, who have donated their time and expertise to this continually expanding project. Without their help, the Beer Stein Library would not exist.

Goals and Objectives

The overall objective of the Beer Stein Library is to continue to expand the scope of the information that it provides to collectors. Over time, it is our hope that the Library can become a comprehensive source for information on the complete range of topics included within the framework of the beer stein collecting hobby. Efforts are continually underway to develop new collector resources for the Library, including both informative articles and beer stein catalogs.

What You Can Do to Help

If you’ve read this far, you’ve probably already figured out that the Beer Stein Library is essentially a labor of love. Substantial amounts of time and money have been put into its ongoing development without any thought of compensation or return on investment. If it is to continue to grow and serve the needs of collectors, the help of those who make use of the site’s services is essential. Right now, there are two principal ways to pitch in:

1. Become a Member — For only $25.00 per year you can help to defray the expenses associated with building and maintaining the Beer Stein Library, including the costs of programming, service providers, telecommunications, equipment, photo editing, etc. — the list goes on and on. And, of course, there’s also a substantial benefit to becoming a member, in that membership brings with it access to the Library’s unparalleled collection of beer stein catalogs and price guides, each an invaluable tool for the active collector. To become a member, click here.

2. Make a Contribution to the Content of the Library — Many of our regular visitors have the ability to write an article on their collecting specialty or to help in the compilation of information and/or photographs for an online catalog and price guide. The whole point of the Beer Stein Library is the sharing of knowledge and information. If the site is to succeed over the long term, it needs givers as well as takers. How about becoming a giver? Send an email to [email protected] expressing your interest today!