International Society of Label Collectors & British Brewery Research

Norwich Meeting 2nd December

As you will be aware from this blog & Society emails, there will be a Breweriana Roadshow style meeting in Norwich on 2nd December.

In addition there will be for Members Only, another auction of labels from the Des Clarke collection. Images appear below of those on offer next weekend.





Regional Meeting – Norwich 2nd December

Some of our East Anglian members have arranged a meeting in Norwich for the 2nd December. In addition to a social meeting with an opportunity for the exchange of labels. There will also be an auction of a limited number of labels from the Des Clarke collection.

This meeting is being advertised locally as an ‘Antiques Roadshow’ event, so who knows what the locals may bring along. The press release appears below, so now you know of another important date for the diary.

The Norfolk branch of the Labologist’s Society (The international society of label collectors and brewery research), are inviting members of the public to attend a Norfolk Breweriana Antiques Roadshow.

FREE appraisals will be undertaken at the Fat Cat and Canary pub, 101 Thorpe Road, Norwich NR1 1TR from 11am on Saturday 2nd December 2017.

Anyone with a beer label pre 2000 can ask “What’s it worth?”

Labologists spokesperson Nick Drew explains, “Breweriana (labels, mats, embossed bottles, playing cards, trays, signs etc.) may be valuable if old, rare or sought after.

Items from local breweries such as Ballards, Steward & Patterson, E. & G. Morse and several others are well hunted after.

In October this year one individual rare Hancocks Brewery of Wiveliscombe label sold at auction at a cost to the buyer of in excess of £1,150! And, it is not only labels that reach such heights – also in October this year, a 1940’s Flat Top Mule Head Beer Can attracted 33 bids and sold in the USA for $3,250”.

The Labologists are asking the public to search out any old Brewery ephemera, that they may have inherited or have hidden away in the backs of drawers or in their attics and to bring them along on the day. Appointments are not necessary, and it is hoped that some valuable gems will be discovered. Labologist members will be on hand to explain the history of items, to research sale values and advise on how best to either protect the item and its value, or how to sell it for the maximum price. Advice will be offered in a discrete and confidential manner.

Nick Drew comments “A book of old beer labels was recently taken to an auction house in the South of England that placed a value of £300- £500 on it. The Auctioneers did not realise that the collection was put together pre 1900 and contained a number of almost certainly unique labels. Luckily for the book owner, at least two people at the auction were aware of the value and the price finally reached £18,000. WOW!”

Now in its 34th year of fundraising for charity at the ‘Label of the Year’ event, the Labologists Society has raised £67,986 for UK charities including £2,000 this year for, Save the Children. The Labologist’s Society web site can be found on where full details of the charities supported over the years may be found.

So it may well be worth your while to pop along to Norwich for an interesting afternoon & who knows if successful, this meeting format may well be rolled out more widely.

Where Are We Today #2?

Well you were warned, that there could be more of these.

So who has any idea?

It is in the UK.


Our First E-Auction

For those of you who are not regular visitors to your In Box. It may well be an opportune time to have a gander.

Our first E-Auction was mailed out electronically (of course) last night.

So have a look, there may well be some labels you wish to bid for.

Needless to say it is strictly (no dancing required) Members Only.

If you know of a fellow member, who does not have email/internet access, print off the files & pass them on please. I am sure you would be happy to forward their bids also.

See the Bid Submission Form for full details, if we have a good response to this trial, then the E-Auction is likely to become a regular event.

Yes, we know some of you will absolutely hate the idea, but it is the way forward & it is relatively cheap to do.

If you have not received the email, then it is likely we do not have your current/latest email address. Pop over to our contact page & email members @ & we will send you the relevant files.

Happy bidding to you all

Cheers Pete

Where Are We Today #1?

Just a silly post, but who knows may start a regular new theme on our blog. Anyone who is local, please refrain from spoiling the suspense.

Plenty of clues of course in the picture, oh and of course there are absolutely no prizes!

And who is the person with the white coat?

Charity Confirmation

Sorry for confusion in last post re the charity. I was obviously suffering from LOTY burn out yesterday evening. I had TV on in background & I confused charities. It was definitely Save The Children Fund.

Thanks again to all, who made our day at Outstanding Brewery, so outstanding.


Just a swift post after a long day at Outstanding Brewery. Firstly major thanks to David Porter our host today. Thanks also to Rock the Boat Brewery for coming along to collect their award and great to meet the designer of the winning standard label. Thanks to the select number of our members who made the effort.

Strange that all of the members, who complain about meetings south of the Watford Gap, were again absent today. Beats me!

So before I reveal how much we raised, must also thank the girls from Origami Brewery for their help & sort after labels they donated.

And finally we handed over to a warm & fuzzy David, a cheque made out to Save The Children Fund for £2,000.

Yes, we hit 2 grand, yet again. If more people had made the effort it could have been much, much more!

Here’s to the 35th LOTY next year.



It’s LOTY Tomorrow

Well it is nearly here, our big charity day is on Saturday.

Where: Outstanding Brewery Salford

Kick off: 12 noon

What do you need: Lots of cash to support Save The Children

Raffle prizes will be most welcome.

Lots of good stuff, old & new in auctions.

Remember you asked for a meeting ‘up north’, so we expect to see some new faces.

LOTY Auction Teaser – Last One

Yes, Afraid this is the last “Teaser” post before LOTY.



There will be another 15 or so on the day.

So I guess you will just have to be there.

If you want to know what else is going to be up for grabs.

You know you want to, so please make the effort.

Once a year cannot be too much to ask, surely?

Or might this be the last ever LOTY ???

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