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.



Glass Stein/Tankard
20th Century [Celtic] Germany
THE B.L.A.S.T Museum Collection

This Lowenbrau collectible stein is made 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.


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.


B.L.A.S.T:Museum Gobblets

                    (1)                   (2)                       (3)

Object : Goblet
Culture : [unknown]
Country : [unknown]
Date : [unknown]
Collection : The B.L.A.S.T. Museum

The Stemmed Abbey goblet vary widely in design and shape. A common characteristic is, all having a wide mouth which allows easy sipping. Many have nucleation sites (etchings), bubble producing bottoms which help beer maintain a frothy head that intensifies aromas.

(1)  A contemporary style goblet,designed to serve a full 12oz.single pour.

(2)  A thick,heavy,glass goblet and is a possible example of the style that may have been used as early as 1200 A.D. by the Aztec culture to drink chocolate, what was believed to be the elixir of the gods. This style is known to be placed in freezers for prolonged periods to serve a frosty pour.

(3) suggested by its slender shaft this may be an Asian style goblet. This Schlitz collectible has finger indentions for easy handling.

Landy Cognac

Since 1989, Landy Cognac makers, Cognac Ferrand have been taking pride in excellence and elegance .The Landy De`sir Cognac decanter looks like woman wearing a red dress and hat, and her contents are smooth yet robust.

Object : Bottle
Country : France
Culture : Cognac
Date : Late 20th Century
B.L.A.S.T. Museum Storage Vessel Collection

South America – Chicha


Chicha is a South American beer that dates back  prior to the Inca empire.It is commonly called chicha dejora to distinguish it from its non-alcoholic counterpart chicha morada and is a traditional offering to arriving guests as well as the chosen drink during rituals and religious festivals.

History tells of the Inca being mass producers of the beverage and preparation mills have been found at the ruins of Machu Picchu. Women of the Inca empire were taught brewing techniques in Aqlla Wasi (femine schools).

Most often made from purple corn,traditional preparation mainly consists of boiling corn in water with pineapples and allowing it time to cool,then adding sugar,cinnamon,and cloves for spice and extra flavor. A number of variations do exist. Chicha made from manioc root,maize,grapes,apples,and other fruit is acceptable. Althuogh it is still a popular beverage throughout South America,traditional brew techniques are rare and only exist in a small number of towns and villages. It is believed that chicha may have medicinal and therapeutic properties. It is said that proper consumption may help to reduce blood pressure and it may act as an antiflamatory agent for the prostate.

In the month of September,the indigenous village of Otavalo hosts a chicha sampling festival called Yamor.

Huancayo,Peru brew.

Homebrew from Huancayo,Peru
Ollantaybambo,Peru brew.