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London Meeting 28th January

Just a quick reminder that the London meeting is on Saturday 28th January at The Royal Oak, 44, Tabard Street, Borough, London, SE1 4JU.

As usual we kick off at around 12.00 and there will be another auction of labels from the late Des Clarke’s collection.

Some images of these will appear in this blog over the next couple of days. There are of course Harvey’s ales to enjoy, along with excellent food.

As is normal for our January meeting, it is a joint meeting with the guys from ABBC. So why not join us, for what is always a well attended meeting.

If you are early, have a wander around Borough Market, there are a couple of bottle shops, which will no doubt be difficult to resist!

We look forward to catching up with everyone, so we will see you in London.


At last…………………….

Finally managed to find time to update those bits & pieces, which are only done once a year.

Usually takes longer to remember & find the places to carry out the update. But as no one has commented on the lateness of the changes.

I guess few members are looking at the site or they are all down with the same virus that ruined our Christmas.

Oh! Happy New Year by the way.

Scottish Brewing Heritage

If you are already a member of the SBAA, Scottish Brewery Archive Association then you may be aware of the Scottish Brewing Heritage company & associated website.

Should you not be aware, then we have added a link to our ‘Links’ page and to save you the trouble of moving pages here is the link

If you select ‘Objects’ from top horizontal menu, you will find a extensive selection of all things relating to breweriana north of the border. If you click in the search box at lower right of page you can select category of images you may wish to browse.

Our number 1 selection would be, wait for it………….. YES beer labels and some ‘crackers’ you will find there.

Whilst we are on this subject Forbes & his co-conspirators, would like to thank those Labologists, who have been kind enough to take the time & trouble to share scans of some very rare labels. Which are now enhancing the SBH website. You know who you are, so thank you from me also & yes, no doubt we will be pestering you again in the future

Cheers Pete

Well, where shall we start. OK, the results seem like a good place to kick off this post, so follow LOTY 2016 – The Results

For those of you who could not make the event for various reasons, you missed a great day. The weather was great & even transport links behaved themselves reasonably well, although one or two may disagree regarding the transport. Many people suggested that 8 Sail was one of our best ever venues & I for one would not argue with them. There were 3 beers OTB & yes we did drink them out of their last ever cask of Mild, but lets face it somebody had to have the last pint (Sorry yes it was me & very nice it was too). The ladies from the on site Tea Room provided a very nice buffet, featuring a selection of items made from flour milled in the mill next door to the brewery.

Did you realise this is the only 8 sailed mill in western Europe? Well it is & you could have spent the afternoon there and helped us to raise even more money for the two charities.

Ah I here you say, charities, so how did we do this year. In short quite nicely, thank you.

In detail, we handed over cheques to both Heckington Area Volunteer Car Service & to Lincs Ark for £1,125. So another £2,250 raised, bringing our grand total for the 33 years of LOTY to over £65,640. Not at all bad for such a small group of enthusiasts, well done all!

So thank you to all of you who turned up, especially our Polish contingent, from Scotland. Tony & Steve from 8 Sail, for putting up with us for an afternoon, although it probably seemed longer. The folk from the charities for turning up in person to collect their cheques, it is always nice to have a few tears. It makes us all feel we are doing something positive & possibly doing it well, again this year.

Finally thank you to all of those in the brewing & bottling industry, who contribute to LOTY year after year. We really do appreciate your help.



LOTY 2016 Update

Just a quick update for all of our members, who are planning on joining us this Saturday at 8 Sail Brewery.

The bar will be open on Friday until around 20.00, so perhaps you can juggle your train & pop in for a pint on you way to wherever you are staying.

Also the bar will stay open into Saturday evening, no time specified, but I guess around 20.00 again.

For those of you who can take advantage of this, please do.

Remember to bring your cheque book, although there is I believe a cash machine at the Co-Op in the High Street.

LOTY kicks off is at 12.00 Saturday, but some of us will be there much earlier to set up.

We look forward to seeing you all & your cash for the charities.

Dead Brewers Beer Bash

Ok so you have already seen the email or maybe you are one of those people, who only check their inbox, hmm, infrequently!

So now you have an excuse to crank up the PC/laptop or mobile even & check what I am blathering about.

DBS are holding a 3 day festival at the Bankes Arms Hotel, Corfe Castle, on the 14th, 15th & 16th October.

There will be lots of ‘old’ beers re-created by current brewers, to try out and hopefully plenty of like minded people trying them out.

The Swanage Railway is nearby, I believe you can see it from the pub or you could use it to get to the pub.

A couple of links, which may be use.

Dead Brewers Society

Swanage Railway

Bankes Arms Hotel



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