Collectible Beer Coasters
Collectible Beer Coasters are popular items with collectors of breweriana.
Brief history and description
Beer coasters (also known as "beer mats" outside of the United States) were commonly used as an advertising tool during the 1800s, and were manufactured by many big-named brewery companies like Hamm's Beer, Canadian Ace Beer Ale, Knickerbocker Beer, Richbrau, and many, many more.
Beer coasters were typically made of thick paper and/or cardboard, and were not only used to protect surfaces from beer spillage, but to also cover a glass to protect the drink from insects as well.
Guide for collectors
Collectible beer coasters that are sold as a matching set or along with various other beer-related products that were manufactured by the same company (such as trays, cups, mats, glasses, etc.) are considered to be the most rare and valuable.
Restoration of a collectible beer coaster is not recommended as restoring the coaster will decrease its value.
For more information regarding collectible beer coasters, visit the Brewery Outlet, the Brewery Collectibles Club of America, and the National Association Breweriana Advertising.
A lot of six Hamm's Beer coasters are worth around $25.
A lot of six tin Canadian Ace Beer Ale coasters are worth around $5.
A lot of six Lone Star Beer coasters are worth around $15.
A lot of five painted tin Knickerbocker Beer coasters are worth around $10.
A lot of 49 Fuhrman & Schmidt Brewing Company coasters are worth around $5.
Pittsburgh Pirates Iron City beer coasters (circa 1972) are worth around $10.
Livingston's Auction in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma sold a lot of four Iroquois beer products including one coaster (4.5" round), a serving tray, a placement and a beer can for $160 in September of 2009.
Harlowe-Powell Auction Gallery in Charlottesville, Virginia sold a lot of 17 Richbrau/Home Brewing Co. Inc. cardboard beer coasters, (6" x 6") all of which feature various Latino scenes for $225 in November of 2008.
(All values based on auction results from Liveauctioneers.com)