Glass and Ceramics
Tom Rejmaniak, the former executive director of the National Brewery Museum in Potosi, Wisc., says that stoneware mugs and glassware were used by pre-Prohibition brewers as a former of advertising. The National Brewery Museum collection holds a number of logoed glasses from the late 1800s. Exhibits on loan often feature drinking vessels.
“Pre-Prohibition stoneware brewery mugs are pretty hard to find these days. We have more than a dozen on display from a number of breweries that no longer exist, like Blatz,” Rejmaniak says.
While modern day’s contribution to drinking vessel history the plastic cup will never be on display in a major museum, they do have their place at sporting events and poolside. As long as mankind has a thirst to quench, we will need drinking vessels.