A small group of fanatic
collectors of beer-items regularly met at common flea markets and at all kinds
of fairs where they were searching for specialities like beer glasses, coasters,
labels and crown caps to enlarge their collection or to exchange beer-items. Whenever
they met, they talked about their hobby and so the idea came up to organise a
fair of their own.
September 24th 1983 the very first fair for collectors of beer-items was held
in The Hague. About 150 people came to this fair and they were enthusiastic about
it. Looking back, one can say this was the first step to what we now know as the
Beer- and Collectors Association BAV. This became more and more obvious the next
couple of years when more fairs took place.
BAV has about 1700 members. The first lustre was a huge happening. It took place
in a tent. It was the first time all Dutch breweries were present at the same
time. The second event was not as exorbitant as the first, but nevertheless also
special. Members of BAV were invited to visit all the Dutch breweries. Quite often
it was not just an ordinary tour; the breweries put something extra to it. Some
of the members were present at all tours! They saw quite a lot of breweries.
to a BAV meeting is always a pleasant affair!
BAV-meetings are still very popular among the members and are also visited by
other people with a drive for collecting. We estimate the number of people coming
to each fair around 1000. Most of them are men, but women also attend. The female
members sometimes collect themselves, but if they don't, they often just come
along for fun.
mentioned before, the meetings take place twice a year: mostly the third Saturday
of April and September. Nowadays the meetings are also visited by collectors from
surrounding countries. It's a great opportunity for exchanging, finding just that
one and only special item, or otherwise just browsing. But it is also the place
to meet old friends or to make new ones. If one doesn't have anything to exchange
one can always have a good time at the lottery. Quite often the nevertheless it's
a nice gesture.
What else is there to be seen at the fair besides the stand
and the lottery? There is always information to about BAV and every fair ends
with an auction. Always a big success: curiosities as well as specialities from
old breweries (some of them don't even exist anymore) are sold at the auction.
And BAV doesn't forget to think about the fact that human beings need to have
something to eat and drink as well on a day out at the fair.
makes the difference between members of BAV and ordinary visitors of the meetings?
Well, BAV always tries to treat its members with a nice remembrance of the day.
One year the members may receive a coaster, the next year a glass with inscription
for free. Besides that, quite often the day before the fair a tour through the
host brewery is made. For members only. And members don't have to pay for their
table at the meeting.
times a year the members receive the "BAV-Journaal" (in Dutch). A magazine
with news about the Dutch brewery-world. It's a magazine for and from the members.
It's the associations pride and joy, also read by all the Dutch brewers themselves.
A magazine with news about instance interviews, (beer)recipes, information about
beerbooks, stories about (old) breweries and last but not least the agenda with
all new activities which will take place. And all this costs a member (from outside
of the Netherlands) only 27,50 Euro (Europe, 42,50 Euro rest of the world) a year. Which is really not much money for all
of this. It's the intention of BAV: payable for everyone.
to become a member?
possible! You'll receive, as previously stated, six times a year the "BAV-Journaal"
in Dutch. You'll also be granted free admission to our fairs and you can participate
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