The original purpose of
the beer stein lid, as well as the body itself, is far from glamorous.
Since the very first steins were simple drinking vessels, the primary
reason for the lid was functional - a common sense precaution to keep
insects and other contaminants away from the aromatic liquid. In
addition to this, early functions of lids were to help keep the liquid
at a constant temperature as well as to prevent spillage. Lids, even in
early days, provided an unique finishing touch.
The Pewter lid is the most important feature of the Beer stein. Lids have also a tremendous effect on price as well, sometimes more than doubling the cost of a stein. Hundreds of different lids are currently available - however, the vast majority of them can be categorized into the following groups: conical, flat, ornamental, inlay/figurine, figurine and stoneware.
This is the "cone" or "steeple" shaped lid which is the standard and most common type of lid, it is entirely made of pewter.
Flat lids, also known as semi-flat lids, are made of pewter. Although not entirely flat, the top surface does lend itself well to engraving.
Ornamental lids are always pewter. They feature superior detail, require special hand work, and are presently the most popular lids for limited edition steins. They generally have a glorified conical shape, complete with top finial. Recently, the stein factories have been introducing very interesting ornamental pewter lids.
A very attractive lid, virtually always consisting of a pewter rim, a pewter flange (or lip) and a stoneware figurine or ornament inlaid in the center.
"Top of the line" lid in which a figurine, most often made of pewter, is mounted on an ornamental pewter lid.
Just as the name implies, the top is made of the same material as the body. A pewter or metal alloy hinge, strap, tang, shank, support and thumblift are also used.
Stein-Man guarantees that only locally produced pewter lids are used for his catalog listing, only pewter workshops from the"Kannenbäckerland" are chosen to lid a stein, this ensures that the tradition of Westerwald beer steins is kept alive for the future.