Kolsch Beer Festival Glasses from Cologne Germany, Stadtsparkasse Koln, Kolsche Fastelovend 1985, Set of 2, Mint In Box condition. This pair of unique vintage German Beer Glasses were made in commemoration of the Kolsch Beer Festival in Cologne, Germany in 1985. Both tall, cylindrical clear beer glasses are marked, “Stadtsparkasse Koln, Kolsche Fastelovend”, which means “Cologne Savings and Loan Association, Kolsch Carnival” when translated to English. Each glass is also marked “Ene Besuch em Zoo” and has colorful images of exotic birds and zoo animals along with two people who appear to be walking along with the animals.
Each clear glass measures 5-1/2 inches tall and has a 2-1/8 inches diameter opening. Both are in mint condition and appear to have never been used.
Original cardboard box is fuchsia pink and cobalt blue and has an image of beautiful Cologne, Germany on one side and the words, “Spare es ech Kolsch” and “Stadtsparkasse Koln”. I think this basically reads in English, “extra Kolsch” and “Cologne Savings and Trust”. Box is in good condition but has surface wear. It measures 5-7/8 inches tall, 4-3/4 inches wide and 2-3/8 inches deep.
Background info for those who are interested: In Germany, Fastelovend is the night before the beginning of Lent which is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. In our country, we celebrate this day as “Fat Tuesday”. From what I’ve read, Fastelovend now refers to not only the carnival on Tuesday but the entire Cologne carnival.
The breweries in Germany have always been famous for their beers and a carnival or festival is held each year to celebrate them. Kölsch beer is a specialty beer only brewed in Cologne and is a light ale and is less bitter than the standard German pale lager. It is served in traditional 0.2 litre Kölsch glasses like this pair.
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