International Society of Label Collectors & British Brewery Research

Label Of The Year 2016

We are delighted to confirm that our premier meeting of 2016, our charity day, is to be held on the 8th October at the 8 Sail Brewery.

As many of you will know 8 Sail are based in Heckington, Lincolnshire.

Further details will be made available in the coming weeks, but the brewery is just a short stagger from Heckington rail station, so is easily accessible.

We shall at 8 Sail’s request be supporting two local charities this year, namely Heckington Area Volunteer Car Service and Lincs Ark, a local animal rescue & re-homing charity.

Members Forum Advice

All members who have provided an email address & are up to date with (or just owing this current year’s) subscriptions, should have received an email with their user name & password for the Members Forum. If you have not received this email please get in touch via the Contact Us page, using the members option from the drop down menu. As we may not have your current email address, in fact we may not have an email address for you, at all.

If you have received the email then enter the user name & password in the new Members Login on the Home page. You should then click on the Members Forum button at the top of the page and you will be ‘in’. An option to change password should also be available.

Hopefully all is working as it should, but if you have any issues please contact us as mentioned above.

We look forward to a tidal wave of questions, answers, information, wants & exchange offers.

Members Forum

Well we have finally achieved a members Forum. You will have no doubt have noticed a nice new log in box on the ‘Home’ page &  ‘Members Forum’ button at the top of the ‘Home Page’

There are also one or two other minor changes, which you will not notice. We are in the process of emailing members their passwords. This will take a couple of days we expect, as there is a fair amount of manual keying required. If you are really desperate to receive yours or you are unsure that we have your current email address (or in a number of cases no email address whatsoever), then please send an email to ‘members’ from our ‘Contact Us’ page. Likewise if you are having log in problems, please also contact us previously.


We would like to invite all members to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Society to be held at Harveys, Bridge Wharf Brewery, 6 Cliffe High Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2AH on 4th June.  This is the opportunity for society members to gather together to hear about plans for the future, review finances and elect the committee for the next 12 months.  In particular, we need to appoint a Society Treasurer this year – if you have the necessary experience and would be willing to stand for election to the committee would you please get in touch with us before the day to let us know.

If all that does not especially appeal to you, then we will also have the third live auction of labels from the collection of the late Des Clarke, some of the excellent Harveys beer free of charge (at the AGM itself) and the promise of the latest set of beer bottle labels from the host brewer – which will only be available on the day!  We will be hosted by the Managing Director, Miles Jenner, and if circumstances allow, we may have an opportunity of a brief tour of the brewery building known locally as Lewes Cathedral!  Well, if all that does not encourage you to come along I guess that nothing will.

When you arrive at the brewery, a visit to the brewery shop is always worthwhile. We will start the AGM at 1pm and this will be held in the upstairs dining room of the John Harvey Tavern, in Bear Lane, opposite the brewery, off Cliffe High Street.  If you get to the John Harvey Tavern early, please stay in the downstairs bar until 1pm (obviously, you will have to pay for any food and drink consumed in the bar).  There are plenty of GBG pubs in the area and the Gardeners Arms and the Dorset Arms are very close by.

Lewes Railway Station is also not far away. There is very limited parking at the brewery but there are several car parks in the town. But please do not drink and drive.

If you have questions please contact me via our Contact Us page

Railways #23 – End of the Line

As our current theme trundles slowly towards the buffers, I thought you may appreciate this.


Thanks to Radek once again.

Railways #22 – KGV

Hopefully this label will kickstart a discussion or three. So my thinking is this, does the label show an actual event or is it just a pastiche?


Could it be that this was a celebration of a GWR anniversary, showing no: 6000 King George V on the right. Together with a diesel multiple unit on the left and what looks to me to be a Brunel wide gauge loco in the centre. Your thoughts & opinions please.

Railways #21- Pullmans (SOGOF)

The first Pullman Railway Coach to enter service in the UK was in 1874, after an assembly of imports from the US, in an operation pioneered by the Midland Railway, working with George Pullman’s Chicago company. The coach “Midland” was of Clerestory Roofed design with balconies at both ends. The concept of luxury coaches spread to the other UK railway companies thereafter.

Pullman 2

Pullman trains offered more luxurious accommodation than ordinary mainline trains. The PCC had its own workshops at Brighton. Pullman Car manufacture was also carried out by Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company and Metropolitan Cammell Carriage and Wagon Co.. The London, Brighton and South Coast Railway was the first UK railway company to operate a complete Pullman train, the Pullman Limited, which started on the London to Brighton route on 5 December 1881.

As Mr Smail recounts “…In 1906 the LBSCR introduced three new thirty-five ton twelve-wheelers Princess Ena, Princess Patricia, and Duchess of Norfolk. These last three cars were the first Pullmans to be painted in the now familiar umber and cream livery. Hitherto the Brighton Pullmans had been painted dark mahogany brown with gold lining and scrollwork. Some of the older cars had the name in an oval panel on the side. In 1903 Mr. Billinton changed the colour of the ordinary L.B. & S.C.R. coaches to umber brown with white or cream upper panels, and in 1906 this colour scheme was also adopted by the Pullman Car Co., with the name of the car in large gilt letters…”.

In case you were wondering about SOGOF, it is our version of the supermarkets BOGOF. In our case See One Get One Free!

Pullman 1

Thanks to Steve & Nick for submitting these labels, at least I think it was you. If not thanks for the others you were good enough to send in.

Railways #20 – Escalante

Once again thanks to Radek for this label, he obviously has an excellent collection railway themed labels.


I assume that this is named after the area of San José, where this Red Ale is brewed in Costa Rica. However other the image, I don’t have a clue regarding the connection with railways. If anyone has any other ideas, please share them with us.

Railways # 19 – Gravy Train

Not a name you would normally associate with a railway theme, but all will become clear (I hope).

Gravy Train

The loco on this label is restored No: 46115, Scots Guardsman, built in 1927 by the LMS for use on express services between London & Scotland. It was withdrawn by BR in 1965, having appeared in the GPO film, Night Mail and David Lean’s classic film, Close Encounter. Now owned & operated by the West Coast Railway Company & based at their Carnforth depot in Lancashire. Often used nowadays to haul ‘specials’ across the mainline rail network.
Gravy Train Catering Company commissioned this special ale from the Southport Brewery and hence the very appropriate name.

Railways #18 – Cheltenham Flyer

Right I will own up from the outset. This is one of my favourite railway labels and features the artwork of John Austin FGRA.

Cheltenham Flyer

More correctly known as the Cheltenham Spa Express, although Cheltenham Flyer was the more popular name for this express service from London. In June 1932, the train broke railway speed records with a time of 56 minutes 47 seconds at an average speed of 81.6 miles per hour (131.3 km/h). This made the run the fastest railway run in the world(at the time). The train was hauled by Castle class 5006 Tregenna Castle.

If you would like to see more of John Austin’s work, just follow this link, John Austin FGRA

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