Welcome to Brewerania. It’s not a country, but a place in the heart.of beer country.
“For decades, around the turn of the century, beer brewing was the largest employer in Toledo Ohio,” said collector Don Monroe.
It’s little wonder that in the town that gave us Buckeye Beer and more than a dozen other breweries over the decades, that plenty of Brewery collectible buffs would show up for the Buckeye Beer Chapter show in Toledo this weekend.
“People come from the east coast, and from St. Louis, there for 5 hours pack up and go home,” said Don.
And before they headed home, collectors and more casual beer fans scanned the cans, otherwise known as the baseball cards of beer.
But the show wasn’t just about cans.
“Bottles, cans, signs, napkins, it if says beer on it, it’s a collectible,” said John Huff who organized the event.
After we figured out how to turn stone into tools, we got got yeast..we ended up with bread and beer,” said beer-enthusiast Mike Cunningham.
Still there’s something special about beer.
While no one collects bread wrappers, people do have a powerful thirst to collect old beer stuff, whether it’s for the old man cave, or for the old man who meant something to you.
“Sometimes it because their fathers drank a certain beer, Strohs, Blue Ribbon,” said collector Paul Faber.
“My dad worked for Carling brewery so I've got quite a few Carling items from Cleveland,” said Mike.