Vintage Blatz beer trays

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2015-06-26 10:31:16

Vintage Blatz beer trays are collectible items of breweriana advertising.

According to the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition, “vintage” refers to pieces manufactured within the last 100 years and can include items made as recently as the 1980s.

Blatz beer

Blatz beer was produced by Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based US brewery Valentin Blatz Brewing Company from 1851.

In 1959 the beer was sold to the US Pabst Brewing Company, before changing hands several more times prior to being acquired back by Pabst in 2007.

Vintage Blatz beer trays

Vintage Blatz beer trays have been produced in a variety of different shapes and styles.

The most commonly found variety is that of the yellow circular tray, with a triangular Blatz sign in the centre.

A number of trays produced in the 1950s and 1960s depict the popular Blatz bottle, keg and can waiter.

How much are vintage Blatz beer trays worth?

Fair condition vintage Blatz beer “waiter” trays can sell at internet auctions for around $25.

Yellow trays make between $3 and $7.

Blue trays stating: “Blatz Milwaukee's First Bottled Beer”, have achieved $40 in the past.

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