Somewhere in my years of collecting I found a nice self descriptive term in the words labeorphile or labeorphillist, one who collects beer bottle labels or beer bottles. However, I don’t collect only bottles. I also collect cans, and pint glasses, and coasters, and stickers, and t-shirts, and hats, and anything I can get my hands on related to beer. Thus, I was pretty excited when I was in West Virginia and someone showed me a magazine directed at collectors of beer cans and “other brewery collectibles”.
At the time, I vowed to fine out more about the people and/or organization behind this magazine. Well, mission accomplished. The magazine is put out by the Brewery Collectibles Club of America (BCCA). For the low, low price of $40, I received a backlog of the magazines, a year’s worth of new issues of the magazine, a certificate, a roster and resource guide, and a bunch of random breweriana.
Brewery-whats-a-whos-it? Yup. I found yet another word for what it is that I do. Breweriana refers to the collecting of anything containing a brewery name or brand. This includes my pint glasses and coasters and stickers and all of the other fun. The BCCA seems primarily focused on cans. But there is enough focus on other aspects of beer collecting that it keeps my interest in general. It’s always good to find that there are others out there that have the same interest. And now I have a mission to someday get to Canvention. I won’t make it to Portland by August. But, we’ll see where it lands next year.
I’ve already had interesting talks with one of the members about a beer can database that the BCCA maintains and such interesting topics as whether to open beer cans from the top (as you would any other can) or if you should go old school and puncture holes in the bottom of the can so that the pop-top stays pristine.
As I continue to figure out what I and the BCCA can do for each other, I will (of course) let everyone know.