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We have been a family owned beer stein business since the 1970’s. German beer steins and mugs are our only business at SteinCenter.com. We began not as a business, but as casual collectors of beer steins in the mid 1970’s. We remain interested in collecting and selling German beer steins.
We have earned a quality reputation in the beer stein community through establishing relations with beer stein manufacturers, beer stein organizations, and individual stein collectors from around the world. Our only focus is beer steins. We are committed to providing the best selection of quality German beer steins at the lowest possible price. Our selections of steins and mugs continues to grow, both new German beer steins and old/collectible beer steins and mugs. We pride ourselves in helping our customers find the right stein or mug for their collections or as gifts. We also can assist you with personalized beer steins or mugs for your organization or event.
Locals show up at Oktoberfest sporting the traditional Bavarian costume: dresses called Dirndls for the ladies, and leather pants with suspenders called Lederhosen for the guys. Follow the items below to understand the pictorial guide above. Where your Lederhosen or Dirndl to Triangle Oktoberfest for some cool swag! Then enter the Best Dressed Contest!
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- Bavarian-Style Alpine Hat: Typically made of felt or suede. Decorated with pheasant and ostrich feathers, or a brush made from boar’s hair.
- Traditional Bavarian Trachten Shirt: Commonly white or a plain checked pattern in blue, red or green. Often adorned with bone buttons or embroidered with edelweiss.
- Lederhosen: Leatherwork shorts, often embroidered.
- Knee Socks: Traditionally made with wool, but cotton is common.
- Leather Boots: Not the kind you drink beer out of. Usually work boots, but often cleated (for dancing) and buffed to a shine. Non-Bavarians wear boots only. The appropriate shoe is the Haferlschuh.
- Scarf: Ladies sometimes wear colorful scarves to compliment the colors in their dresses.
- Dirndl Blouse: Various cuts, from ultra-conservative to downright daring.
- Bodice: Sometimes attached to the drindl, sometimes added separately.
- Dirndl: Traditional Bavarian dress with an apron is essential for ladies.
- Leather Shoes: “Mary Jane” style is common. Soles usually made of rubber, but heels and toes often cleated to give a nice “thwack” when tapped on the dance floor.
- Stein: Literally, “stone.” Also called a “Mass” (the German spelling is Maß). These giant vessels usually hold a liter of beer each. Prost!