The Yulesteiner Brewery

Today is Yule, observed each year on the Winter Solstice, and originally part of Germanic pagan beliefs, but later brought into the Christmas observances, like many aspects of our modern holiday. Another modern tradition is the model train around the tree or Christmas train, especially among families with a train enthusiast. I have one in mine — my son Porter — so I tend to notice these things.

There’s another modern tradition, perhaps less common, but no less elaborate, known as the Christmas Village, or something like that, a subgroup within the miniature village and dollhouse crowd. One of the local train shops we frequent is known as Dollhouses, Trains & More, and has abundant inventory of these villages. They’re sold one piece at a time, so you can go as simple or as elaborate as you want, as it is with most hobbies. Also, like many collectibles, new parts of the village are introduced every year, while others are “retired,” making the desirable ones go up in value. Maybe this is anecdotal, but these seem to pair up in some families, with one member of the family collecting trains and the other the villages. It brings balance, I guess.

So anyway, I noticed one the other day which was pretty funny, the Yulesteiner Brewery, from the Lemax Company, one of the big companies in model villages. It’s a brewery that’s part of their Caddington Collection, a Christmas village described like this. “The charming Caddington Village Collection captures the elegance of the Victorian Era, with its detailed architecture and colorful daily life.”


According to the Product Details,” Beer bottles revolve around beer vat” and “Beer kegs and ‘beer gnomes’ rotate on upper level of brewer.” It’s 10.63 x 12.01 x 7.24 inches and was released in 2010. It’s made of porcelain and is product type “Sights & Sounds.” Here’s a short video of it in motion.

But that’s not the only one it turns out. There have been at least a few other beer-themed buildings over the years. A quick search turned up these.

Lemax Company

The Olde Firehouse Pizze & Brewery


The Bavarian Berwery


Curiously, the beers offered by this brewery include an IPA, Amber and a Stout, beers one typically would not find in a brewery in Bavaria.

Grinning Goblin Brewery


This one, obviously, is actually for a Halloween Village, which apparently is also a thing.

The Big Ben Pub


While not a brewery, it seemed close enough to include.

Helga’s Beer & Sausage Shop


Village Wine & Beer Garden


Stein Haus Pub


Delany & Sons Brewery


Department 56

In addition to Lemax, another leader in the field of miniatures is Department 56. They have a few of their own.

Jackson Bros. Brewing Company


The Wolfsteiner Brewery


Chiswick Brewery


Part of Department 56’s Dickens Village collection.

The Budweiser Brew House


The Bradford Exchange

Speaking of Anheuser-Busch, the Bradford Exchange has an entire Budweiser Illuminated Holiday Village Collection

Budweiser Train Station


Budweiser Roundhouse Stable


Budweiser Clydesdales


The Entire Budweiser Village


Patent No. 8601936B2: Combined Brewing System

Today in 2013, US Patent 8601936 B2 was issued, an invention of Ian Stuart Williams and Anders Gordon Warn, assigned to Williamswarn Holdings Limited, for their “Combined Brewing System.” Here’s the Abstract:

A combined brewing system for small scale brewing of fermented alcoholic beverages, particularly beer, and to a method of making fermented alcoholic beverages. The brewing system comprises a single pressurizable vessel. The beer is naturally carbonated to the desired level during fermentation. Sediment is collected and substantially separated from within the vessel and removed from the vessel while the vessel is under pressure. Compressed gas is added for maintaining natural carbonation levels, so that the contents of the vessel can be drawn off at a desired pressure. The vessel has a temperature control system to selectively control the temperature during processing.


Patent No. 3286385A: Electric Beer Tap Handle

Today in 1966, US Patent 3286385 A was issued, an invention of Charles G. Tate Jr., for his Electric “Beer Tap Handle.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims:

The principal object of the present invention is to provide a beer tarp handle with an electrically operated display device.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a beer tap handle with a movable display device that is electrically driven.

A further object of the present invention is to provide an electrically powered beer tap handle that can readily be converted from a rotating to an oscillating display device or to a stationery light.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a beer tap handle that is simple in construction and easy and economical to manufacture and assemble.


Patent No. 184317A: Improvement In Mustache-Guards

Today in 1876, US Patent 184317 A was issued, an invention of Elijah Avey, for his “Improvement in Mustache-Guards.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims:

This invention has relation to mustache guards; and the nature of my invention consists in a mustache-guard, which is provided with clasps on its ends, in combination with a loop adapted to receive a napkin, and also to afford an outside bearing against the cup, as will be hereinafter explained.

Even though this invention is 140 years old, it seems like with today’s hipsters and the rise of unruly beards, that this could actually be still relevant today.

Patent No. 508140A: Beer Plate

Today in 1893, US Patent 508140 A was issued, an invention of Emil Koch, for his “Beer Plate.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims:

This invention relates to an improved plate of the kind used to support beer glasses, mugs and similar articles.

The object of the invention is to so construct the plate that it is light, durable and will readily absorb the moisture from the glass and also from the table.


Patent No. 3007756A: Keg Table

Today in 1961, US Patent 3007756 A was issued, an invention of Staton Cummings Page, for his “Keg Table.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims:

This invention relates to furniture used within and around buildings of various kinds including homes, offices, and other habitable quarters and particularly to the structural and ornamental features which contribute both to the appearance and utility of such furniture.

The invention relates specifically to furniture of novel or unusual appearance and structure, and which is more or less rustic or casual and therefore appropriate for use in dens, trophy rooms, cellars, patios, camp cottages, swimming pools, and the like.

Furnishings determine to a large degree the nature of living quarters including the attractiveness and individuality thereof and they exert an influence upon the spirits and attitude of those present.

It is an object of the invention to provide relatively simple, inexpensive, and sturdy furniture, of attractive and unusual appearance, and susceptible of use in various areas and locations both indoors and out.

Another object of the invention is to provide furniture which can be easily produced, of readily available materials, and will serve multiple purposes including that of a support, a work surface, a container both for liquids or solids, and as a novel decorative article.

Afurther object of the invention is to provide furniture susceptible of adjustment or slight modification for the adaptation of the same to the use for which it is to be employed and in order that by such flexibility of design a maximum use and advantage to the owner can be obtained.


Patent No. 1930492A: Combination Bottle Opener, Jar Top Remover, And Corkscrew

Today in 1933, US Patent 1930492 A was issued, an invention of Henry G. Thompson, for his “Combination Bottle Opener, Jar Top Remover, and Corkscrew.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims:

This invention relates to a combined bottle cap opener, jar-top remover, and cork-screw. A primary object of the invention is to provide a simple and efficient device of this character, which may be mounted on a suitable support and which maybe used either for removing bottle caps, jar covers generally found on olive jars, jam jars, etc., and also for withdrawing corks.

A further object of the invention is to provide a-combination jar top remover, bottle cap remover and cork screw of a minimum number of parts, which parts will be very simple in construction, easily and economically assembled and which will result in a very rigid structure.


Patent No. D510083S1: Beer Bottle-Like Musical Speaker

Today in 2005, US Patent D510083 S1 was issued, an invention of Kenneth L. Kasden, for his “Beer Bottle-Like Musical Speaker.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims:

The ornamental design for a beer bottle-like musical speaker, as shown and described.


Patent No. 20100236113A1: Cover Resembling A Beverage Container

Today in 2010, US Patent 20100236113 A1 was issued, an invention of Shelagh McNally, assigned to Big Rock Brewery, for his “Cover Resembling a Beverage Container.” Here’s the Abstract:

A cover for hay bales and other three dimensional objects, and a method of advertising using the cover is described. The cover is generally of a size and shape to be wrapped about an cylindrical object having the relative proportions of a beverage can. When the cover is applied to hay bales, round bales may be stacked to provide suitable proportions. The cover bears indicia associated with a particular brand and/or type of beverage, such that the covered bales will resemble an enlarged version of the particular beverage can, thereby providing suitable advertising benefit to the beverage company.