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Thanks to Pete for providing us with the images for this pair of Golden Hop Pale Dinner Ale labels from Alton Court Brewery in Ross-on-Wye. There can’t be many beers from the 1930s which had a 5 word name. I guess there will be several collectors on the lookout for the missing label for their collections.

Today brought home the importance of this website and especially this theme, particularly for those collectors with an interest in the history of the beers and breweries. I guess it is over 35 years since I acquired the beginnings of my label collection. There was a number of post war Greenall’s labels in that box. It is a brewery that I have built up a decent collection of labels. Today I discovered a variation I had not seen before. I was inspired to look through one of my duplicates boxes by an email from agm. Not a sought after label, but I get great pleasure in finding things like this.

So, you need to sort the difference and this will enable you to accurately date at least one the of labels. Let us know.

I suppose we have to consider it a good response. £21 for 2018 LOTY and just the one example left. If you want it, then you need to respond quickly to join an illustrious group, Pete Standen, Eric Dore, John Heddington and Keith Osborne. We will sort out getting them posted to you soon. Another picture in case you missed it.

Even though we don’t know the venue or charities we are supporting this year, let’s get the collection started now. Thanks to Edd the Brewer, we have five of the Connoisseur Ales label of his recreation of an1868 recipe. First five offers will secure one of these incredibly scarce labels. Five pounds each would be a good start for the deserving charity. And sorry, no back labels at present although we are trying.

It’s been a while since we featured a pair of labels in this category and a long time since Mason & Co of  the Waterside Brewery in Maidstone appeared in our blog. For many collectors every slight variation is important and when there are large differences like this, we can’t understand why many sellers of quality labels do not realise how important it is. Lovely labels, lovely sizes, 104mm and 93mm tall.

It is entirely coincidental that the majority of recent additions to this series have been Stout labels. This pair from Hodgson’s Brewery are an identical design, but there are slight differences. Our impression is that the label on the left is the earlier version. K. Stout? Is that Kingston Stout and if it is why not call it that?

How much did that cost? #20

Another one that will attract considerable interest. No prizes for guessing who sent this in and thank you again. The cost of a bottle of Rawson’s Barley Ale is by far the most prominent aspect of this label.

How much did that cost? #19

Another set of prices per bottle which were printed on the stopper label. This time from the Northampton Brewery Co, designed so that the price was immediately above the screw top when the label was attached. When the top was unscrewed, the seal would be broken. An unbroken seal would indicate the beer had not been diluted, which was not unheard of in times past.

How much did that cost? #18

Today’s selection is from Scotland. Blair & Co, J & J Morison and Wm. Younger. You could get these three beers for a shilling. Seems like a bargain to me.

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