NEW ULM – Since 1979 the Schell’s Border Batch Club have been sharing their passion for beer and beer collectibles.
Club members collect and trade commemorative cans, beer signs, mugs and other memorabilia.
The club was founded to fill a geographic gap between larger organizations between the Twin Cities and clubs to the south. The Schell’s Border Batch Club includes members on both sides of the Minnesota-Iowa border, and it is named after the major regional brand.
Club President Steve Miner said the club has enjoyed the support and friendship of the Schell’s Brewery over the years. The brewery has brewed a lot of commemorative beers with special cans that collectors love over the years. The brewery’s owners, including past owner Warren “Schmaltz” Marti and current owners Ted and Jodi Marti, have welcomed the club and opened the grounds for special events over the years.
On Saturday, at its 35th annual Christmas Party at the B&L Bar, the Schell’s Border Batch Club showed its appreciation by presenting Ted and Jodi Marti with an original painting, a scene from the Schell’s Brewery past.
The artist, Alan Wagge from Mankato, painted a scene of brewery workers loading a pair of 1940s-era trucks. It’s a colorful painting that captures the nostalgia of the era.
Miner said the club wanted to do something special for the Martis to show their appreciation for the brewery’s support over the years.