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Pittsburgh Stein Society 

The Pittsburgh Stein Society (PSS) is a local chapter of Stein Collectors International and is an official club activity within the Teutonia Männerchor club. The Pittsburgh Stein Society is made up of men and women who share in the joy and excitement of collecting beer steins and related items. The purpose of the Pittsburgh Stein Society is to have its members acquire, increase and exchange knowledge of beer steins and other drinking vessels as well as items related to this enjoyable hobby.

The Pittsburgh Stein Society schedules club meetings four times a year (spring, summer,  fall and winter). All meetings take place in the Ratskeller of the historic Teutonia Männerchor club and are held on Saturdays starting at noon. Guest speakers are invited to these meetings to share with our membership their expertise on specific styles, manufacturers, construction, etc. of steins and related items, taken from all over the world. Stein sales tables are set up at each meeting where purchases can be made at rock bottom prices from individuals who are members of the Pittsburgh Stein Society and who offer great bargains and great value for the many steins on display.  In addition to great bargains on stein prices, interesting guest speakers, and comradery with fellow stein collectors, a fantastic German fare lunch is available at each meeting. All meetings are open to all who wish to attend. Our meetings are casual and always promise to be very informative and enjoyable events.

Membership to the PSS is open to anyone age 18 and older. Memberships are available at three different price levels; $15.00 for 1 year; $30.00 for 2 years; $40.00 for 3 years.  Dues cover the individual member and his/her partner living at the same residence as the member. Memberships run on an annual basis, January thru December. So …. Just come, look, listen, and learn and join the Pittsburgh Stein Society.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Contacts: For more information about the Pittsburgh Stein Society, please contact Tom Levenson at thomaslevenson@yahoo.com or call 412-596-6363.


In German-speaking regions beer mugs may be known as:

  • Bierkrug ("beer mug")
  • Maßkrug or Maß (for a one-litre beer mug)
  • Humpen
  • Adlerhumpen, a tall drinking glass sometimes with covers enamelled with the double eagle of the Holy Roman Empire
  • Seidel or Seidla (Franconia, ½ litre). The term Seide is also used by the Pennsylvania Dutch in the Pennsylvania Dutch Country.
  • Schoppen (Palatinate, ½ litre)
  • Keferloher, the traditional (but non-embellished) stoneware beer mug, named after the village of Keferloh near Munich where they were originally produced
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