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Classification

Coasters can be classified with various characteristics that control where they are displayed in the guides and if they are really about beer.
  • Non-beer Coasters
    • Many times a coaster will surface that appears to be a 'beer' coaster, but is later determined to be non-beer for some reason. Rather than having to research one of these odd coasters or advertising pieces every time they surface, they are added to the guide and classified as 'not a beer coaster'.

      There are exceptions! For example, a bona-fide brewer such as McMenamin's in Oregon produces many different coasters with beautiful artwork. Since they are truly a brewer, we keep track of whatever McMenamin's produces and call them beer coasters, even though they don't necessarily identify or celebrate a particular brew produced by McMenamins.

    • Other advertising pieces - Items such as tent-cards, stickers and other advertising pieces that could be confused with a beer coaster.
    • Restaurants and brewpubs - There are many restaurants and brewpubs in business that don't produce any beer of their own, but have created a coaster as an advertising piece for the restaurant. The coasters are usually classified as non-beer, and the brewer is classified as non-brewer.

    • Contract Brewing - There are also pubs and restaurants that contract produce their beer at other breweries and sell under their own label. These are considered beer coasters since there is actually a brewed beer and a coaster to match. The restaurant, or company, is usually identified as a non-brewer.

  • Mystery Coasters - these coasters have been submitted by a member, but have not been identified as to what brewer or organization actually produced them.

  • Obscure Coasters - These coasters have a design which makes it difficult to identify the brewer of city where they were produced. If you have one that meets this description, consult the OBSCURE coasters page, which displays these coasters for quick identification and a link to their brewer page.

  • Festivals - Festivals coasters are not usually produced by a brewer, however they are still classified as 'beer' coasters. They are classified under a brewer type 'Festival'. They were originally displayed in a 'Festivals": section that was separate from the various state and province guides, hoiwever these coasters are being moved to the appropriate guide based on geographic location. They can be found in a brewer group. For example, the Colorado Festivals can be found under the state guide in the 'Festivals in Colorado' .

  • Multi-brewer - Multi-Brewer coasters are:
    • Usually displaying multiple brewer logos and are for a specific national cause, or program such as a fundraising effort.
    • located under the one brewer with the LEAST number of coasters.
    • indexed for search using all of the brewer names appearing on the coaster
    • Identified with the characteristic 'multi brewer' whioch causes them to appear on the separate multi-brewer report.

    Many coasters mix up brews and festivals. Our method for placement of coasters will is:
    • If a coaster is from some event, but has a single brewer, well put it under the brewer.
    • If it has 2 or more brewers AND mentions a festival it goes under a festival.
    • If it mentions two or more beers and no festival, then its a multi-brewer.
    • If it displays a single US brewer among other Non-US brewers it goes under the one US brewer.

    For more explanation about any particular coaster, click on the thumbnail to reveal the detailed coaster information including notes that may explain the coaster history. If there are additional notes or history about a coaster on file, See Notes will appear under the coaster thumbnail image. Many times if a coaster is classified in a particular way the notes shown under the detail page will tell the story about why the classification exists or if the coaster classification was changed and the coaster moved.
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