Although some may prefer a beer glass
for their favorite tipple, nothing quite feels (or tastes) the same as having your aged-barrel-beer
out of a real beer mug, (and don’t even get us started on drinking horns
!). Beer mugs originated throughout Europe and have been used in countries such as Germany for centuries. What you may not know, however, is that beer mugs are available in a wide variety of designs and styles, with some created more for visual purposes than anything else.
When it comes to choosing the best beer mug for you, first think about what material you want the mug to be made from. The material used for a beer mug can not only change the visual and decorative aspect of the mug but the price too. Glass beer mugs are perhaps the most popular choice due to the lovely ‘clink’ noise they make when having the good old “cheers!” Glass beer mugs tend to be more intricately designed as the glass is easier to craft and print on. A big advantage to using glass mugs is that they tend to be dishwasher-safe. Beware, however, that mugs with paint or transfers should be washed by hand to prevent removing the design. Stoneware is another material used when crafting mugs, as well as wood and pewter. These materials are often popular as they are regarded as being far more traditional than glass and often have designs and etchings that are more traditional too.
You are also going to want to think about the size of your new beer mug, as well as how many glasses you will need. Most beer mugs are available in 16oz. sizes, although some can be as large as 1 liter. This decision will come down entirely to your own personal preferences as well as how much you like to drink too! Beer mugs are also available in different counts. Therefore, if you are purchasing mugs for a party or a bar then it will be cost-effective to get the larger quantity pack. Also, if the mugs are going to be placed on a stand or in a bar, then it may be a good idea to measure this space beforehand to ensure your new glassware will fit.
The cost of your new beer mug is going to depend on a variety of factors. Most beer mugs will set you back between $5 and $30 depending on what the product is made from, how intricately the mug is designed, the size of the mug itself as well as how many mugs you are purchasing. Buying sets of mugs is usually more expensive than purchasing just one but can save you lots of money in the long-term if you are buying in bulk for a bar or an event. Products made from wood, stone or pewter also tend to be more expensive, as well as glass products that are crafted using a lot of detail. Cheaper beer mugs are available ($3 or less) but be wary as these types of products won’t be as durable or long-lasting.
The features you will want included in your new beer mug will depend entirely on your own personal preferences as well as what you will be using the beer mugs for. There are a few features we recommend looking out for to ensure you choose a product that’s a perfect fit for you!
Here are some important features to consider:
Construction and Design
When shopping around for your new beer mug we recommend looking for products that are dishwasher-safe. This will make it MUCH easier when it comes to cleaning up after your party and is an especially important factor if you work in a bar. Most bars use a dishwasher to clean their glasses due to their quick turnaround of usage. Therefore, if you don’t want to be stuck washing glasses all night then we definitely recommend looking for dishwasher-safe products.
Another useful feature to have in glass beer mugs is that they are shatter-proof. This will make it far less dangerous when clinking glasses together and improve the longevity of your product too. If you work in a bar then it’s likely that your glasses will go through a fair bit of wear and tear, therefore shatter-resistant products are a wise investment.
Finally, if you have opted for a beer mug made from either wood or stone then, it will be wise to look for products that are designed as ‘multipurpose’. This basically means that when the sun is shining the mug will keep your beer icy cold, but when winter rolls around you can use your mug for coffee and tea too—a win-win for you! Keep an eye out for products that have a steel interior as this often means they are multipurpose.
Performance and Ease of Use
When it comes to caring for your new beer mug this is going to depend entirely on the particular type of beer mug you have selected. Wooden beer mugs should not be stored near heating devices or left in the sun as this can cause the product to dry up and crack. They are best stored in cellars, or lockers. Don’t forget to dry wooden mugs properly after use to prevent mold from forming too! If you have opted for a glass beer mug then these products are far easier to care for, especially if they are dishwasher-safe and shatter-resistant. If this isn’t the case, however, then simply hand wash the mugs as you would with any other glassware and dry them with a dishcloth or towel.
Fingers crossed, after reading through our handy little buying guide you will have figured out what type of beer mug is most suitable to your needs as well as the material, design and style you would like for it. This will make it a lot easier when it comes to narrowing down your options and selecting the ideal beer mug for you! So let’s look at our top 5 picks shall we?
English brand, MyFancyCraft is a brand dedicated to bringing to their customers the finest handmade items on the market today. All of the brands products are made from eco-friendly materials that are not only easy to use but unique, intricate and particularly beautiful too. If you are looking for the perfect gift for a wedding, anniversary or to simply treat yourself, then MyFancyCraft has got you covered.
We wanted to feature the MyFancyCraft Wood Beer Mug due to the products durable, stainless steel design and the mugs large 20-ounce capacity too. This handmade, oak wood mug comes in a stunning and traditional dark brown color that will keep the temperature of your beer colder for much longer. This makes the mug ideal for drinks in the garden during summer and can even be used during the winter months for hot tea and coffee too! The product also has a wonderfully traditional medieval look and feel and is made using non-toxic, hazard-free paint. If this all sounds great to you, you might be interested to know you can purchase this mug as a pack of 3. You could also opt for the 10-ounce capacity version or get your mug engraved with something special!
Founded in 1971, Great American Products sells a wide range of products, including glassware, steins, ceramic coffee mugs, shot glasses and pewter buckles. All of their products contain premium metal emblems of a variety of sports and sporting teams, such as the NFL and NBA. If you are looking for a quality product for an avid sports fan or simply a glass to chug from whilst watching the game, Great American Products is definitely the brand for you.
We loved the Great American Products NFL Beer Mug due to the product’s fantastic reviews online and the fact it has an outstanding 35-ounce capacity too! This is the perfect mug to show your team spirit, whether watching a game with your friends or standing around the BBQ. This product is decorated with a high-quality, metal logo and is available in a variety of styles; there’s 9 NFL logos to choose from.
Hopefully, by now you have stumbled across your perfect beer mug and are now busy planning your next get-together with friends so you can really show it off! If, however, this isn’t the case then don’t you worry! We have purposefully selected brands that have lots of different products to offer. Simply browse through their other collections to find the best beer mug for you! Cheers!