Samplers & Souvenirs
The trays used to serve these sampler sets come in many unique shapes. Some are custom-crafted of heavy gauge wire, while others are unique platters carved from wood in a shape that represents a particular brewery’s theme. I have sampled beer served on trays cut in the shapes of trains, planes, automobiles, whales, fish…even a dog bone, muffin tin and a mailbox.
Brewery collecting is an incredibly rewarding hobby. Although you don’t actually take possession of the building you tour, you do take ownership of the visit. The mementos you acquire, such as logo-bearing glasses, t-shits, coasters, matches, growlers, and other collectables are the tangible treasures of your visit. Also, you just can’t beat getting the chance to sample and enjoy each brewery’s “Nectar of the Gods” right there on the very premises where it’s brewed.
Finally, brewery collecting is a pastime with a future. Since we will never allow (another) national prohibition, this hobby has no finish line. So get out there and “collect” a brewery or two today. And don’t forget those souvenirs.