Fall Fest Brewery Collectibles Show Returns to State College
Breweriana collectors from Pennsylvania and beyond will once again converge on State College on Saturday, Oct. 19 for the third annual Fall Fest Brewery Collectibles Show.
The show — which runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — will be held at Otto's Pub and Brewery and will feature beer memorabilia collectors from more than five states. The collectors will not only display their wares, but will be here to buy, sell and trade. Items typically range from small bottle openers and coasters to lighted beer signs or even lithographs or trays from pre-Prohibition era breweries.
According to co-owner Roger Garthwaite, Otto's has always had an interest in telling the stories of Pennsylvania's brewing past.
"Otto's is honored to offer a space where these folks can buy, sell and tell their stories," Garthwaite says. "Our banners, posters, pictures and displays celebrate the art, history and marketing that was a huge part of Pennsylvania heritage almost a century ago."
The event is sponsored by the Eastern Coast Breweriana Association and the local contact for this region is Sam Komlenic. Komlenic says his dad worked for the now-defunct Jones Brewing of Smithton, Pa., brewers of Stoney's beer and that's what got him into collecting breweriana.
"When I was 16, I went to a local flea market back home and found two vintage items from Stoney's brewery that I still have today," Komlenic recalls. "I now have a pretty extensive Stoney's collection after years of searching and making connections within the hobby."
Komlenic says that the dynamics of have changed over the years since he began collecting. There was a time when collectors didn't want any plastic items, but some of those items have become quite valuable today. He said that obscure and rare pieces will always be in demand and hold value.
"At the show last year, I saw a 1906 calendar from the Veeser Brothers Brewery in Madera, Clearfield County. It may be the only piece of breweriana known from that short-lived enterprise," Komlenic says.
The event has grown from an inside-only show in its first year. An outdoor tent was added last year to house more vendors. Komlenic says that the event will be about the same size this year but they hope to expand next year.
Garthwaite also hopes to expand the number of attendees by encouraging younger collectors to show up.
"One of the sad aspects of breweriana collectors is that we don't have a lot of younger folks showing much interest (in collecting)," Garthwaite says.
The event is open to the public. Admission is $3.
IF YOU GO
What: Third annual Fall Fest Brewery Collectibles Show
When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19
Where: Otto's Pub and Brewery