Object   : Ice Bucket
Region  : Cognac
Country : France
Material : Acrylic
Date      : 20th Century
B.L.A.S.T. Museum Collection

The House of Hennessy commissioned Thomas Bastide, a well known contemporary design artist to create this collector’s Hennessy ice bucket. It is elegant and unique, the curved drops on the sides symbolize the smoothness and strength of two Hennessy V.S. trickles. This ice bucket is a wondeful attraction and takes a stand in the B.L.A.S.T. Museum Accessory Collection and is a feature of “Straight Up”, the museum’s hall dedicated to liquor and spirits.


Date:20th Century
B.L.A.S.T:Museum Tankard/Stein Collection

This small Stein is a tankard example produced from thick glass to withstand spirited clinking during merriment. It serves a single 12oz. pour and the handle helps to eliminate heat transfer from the hand to the glass while drinking. This Lowenbrau collectible is a part of the B.L.A.S.T:Museum Tankard/Stein permanent collection.


Object : Tankard/Stein
Culture : [Dutch]
Country : Germany
Date : 20th Century
Collection : B.L.A.S.T. Drinking Vessels

This Heineken collectible is an example of a mug. A mug is simply a stubby tankard that does not have a lid. This mug is also an eye-catching attraction of the B.L.A.S.T.Museum Tankard And Stein permanent collection.

Africa – Banana Beer

Banana beer is regarded as the most popular and wide-spread alcoholic beverage in all of Africa. A type called Mbege, is produced by the Chagga peoples of Tanzania and is the most notable of banana beer made in all of Africa. It is the traditional drink during social celebrations such as marriage negotiations,birth, and Christian confirmation parties. It is also consumed during solemn rituals like funerals and is known to be used as payment to settle court cases.

Made with bananas and cereal flour (often sorghum flour) the regional variations are numerous.

Banana beer is the first alcoholic beverage to be identified by the nickname “Jungle Juice”.

Although today many African breweries produce and export banana beer around the world, it is traditionally consumed immediately after preparation because of its short shelf life. When properly formulated banana beer is known to have the health benefits of being naturally gluten-free, contains unaltered proteins, be full of B-vitamins, and assists in releasing muscle cramp preventing potassium.