Safe to drink from Beer Steins bought at Germany?

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by EnchantedDreams, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. EnchantedDreams

    EnchantedDreams Mouseketeer

    May 20, 2006
    My friend purchased a beer stein from the shop in the Germany pavillion in Epcot. He was hoping to use the stein to drink beer, but we were told by another friend that these steins are "for show" and contain lead paint and you should NOT drink from them. :eek:

    Does anybody know if they are safe to drink from? The stein he bought was not a really large one, but smaller and appears to me to be smooth and ceramic. It does have a lid.

    We would appreciate help on this one. Thanks!
  2. jlewisinsyr

    jlewisinsyr DIS Veteran

    Mar 29, 2007
    I would think, and I may be corrected wrong, as the vessel would be normally used as a drinking aparatus, that if it was for show only, it would have needed to be stamped as such.
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  4. disnut8

    disnut8 DIS Veteran

    Jan 21, 2005
    It's safe. If it weren't, there would be signs and cards and probably a beer meister yelling in your face you can't drink out of it. Or they would be fitted so you can't drink out of them. Or they wouldn't be sold at all.

    Disney is so careful with things like that. I ordered an alcoholic frozen tea drink in China and was told twice it had alcohol in it.
  5. vwbsiracin

    vwbsiracin Earning My Ears

    Aug 13, 2008
    They are safe,enjoy.
  6. bavaria

    bavaria <font color=deeppink>Makes the best of both worlds

    Jan 3, 2001
    Well, here is my input for what it is worth (see username)

    • I have served hundreds of patrons beer from steins in Bavaria in my lifetime.
    • Millions of those every year are sold at tacky tourist shops all over Germany.
    • I was just watching an episode of Emergency! from about 1974, in which they discussed the fact that lead was no longer in paint. 34 years on, I think that it is safe to say the same.
    • Germany has some of the strictest laws governing quality control and ingredients in the world; unsafe products rarely make it onto the market and have to undergo very strict testing before they do make it on the market, and the mass produced beer steins sold at Epcot are also sold in Germany

    I think that you will be just fine...
  7. webray

    webray Love the wineauxs!

    Apr 20, 2000
    I agree, I believe they would be safe or otherwise marked. The only problem your friend will run into is if seen drinking from the stein around the parks managers will ask him to stop and put the stein away, as no glass/cermaic is allowed to be carried around.

    They do have the collector acrylic mugs.
  8. Wild4Walt

    Wild4Walt DIS Veteran

    Jul 28, 2008
    Here's something to help:

    Many steins are made using lead based paint, but it will be marked on the stein with a sticker or a pressed stamp.

    If it has a cover, open the top. If the inside is glazed it is safe.

    It it looks chalky, then it's not.

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