International Society of Label Collectors & British Brewery Research

Beer labels: Size really matters #7

While I wouldn’t describe this series as an overwhelmingly popular item on our site, it is being added to regularly. Occasionally in response to requests from visitors to the site, and very occasionally because someone sends in the images, thank you James, Phil and John. Here are two Nut Brown Ale labels from E & H Kelsey of the Culverden Brewery, Tunbridge Wells. The larger is 86mm tall, the smaller 91mm. Sorry to ‘Interested of Tunbridge Wells’, it seems no-one else is as interested as yourself to see more of their labels.Kelseytwo

New additions to featured breweries.

Today we have added 4 new breweries to our featured brewery section. You will find beer labels from the following breweries: B Cunningham of Warrington, Parker’s Burslem Brewery, Soulby Sons and Winch of Alford and C. Vaux Sunderland Brewery. Hope there are some visitors out there who find these of interest.

Beer labels: Spot the difference #18

The Westoe Brewery. South Shields. Two Prize Bitter Beer labels.  The name of the company was changed in 1938 which together with the 1926 Beer Exhibition Prize, helps the dating a little.Westoe

Beer label update

Keeping you up to date here. Two more featured breweries: West Auckland Brewery Co appears as the only current representative in the North East section and John Thompson’s Bell brewery of Studley appears in the West Midlands section. I have added labels from this brewery even though a total of no visitors responded to my request. There is also another label in the ever growing number of labels from John J Hunt of York. And it is one which I had not seen before.

Beer labels: Spot the difference #17

Two Timothy Old Strong Ale labels from Bentley’s Old Brewery in Rotherham. I think the one on the left was in use in the 1920s and 1930s and the one on the right is later, but before 1950.  Both labels are 77mm tall.

Bentley Old

Details of the April Postal Auction have been mailed to all members. If there are any members who would like the full colour versions of the black and white pages they have received, please contact myself either by email or through this website.

To whet non members appetites, some of the more interesting labels will be uploaded to the site very soon. But remember you do need to be a member of the Society to bid on the labels. Please do not ask members to bid for you, because they will almost certainly refuse.  Yes it is a blatant attempt to boost membership, and yes there are some benefits for a modest outlay.

As a start, I am sure these labels will attract a great deal of interest. Closing date for bids is 26th April. And don’t forget you have to be a member to win it.




Beer labels: Spot the difference #16

Here is a message and images I received from a Yorkshire based fan.

I love your website, thank you for the displays of beer labels, especially the Yorkshire selection. The Carter, Milner and Bird were mostly new to me, as were the Kirkstall. At least I have some of the Hunts of York and the Whitakers.

Here are two different Duncan Gilmour Balaclava labels in the same series. Kind Regards James

Gilmour 2

Beer labels: Spot the difference #15

Always good to get a response to questions about beer labels. Thank you Steve for the information on the Harman’s differences. Images would be most welcome. Maybe other members/visitors to the site can help on any others. Our next spot the difference features Duncan Gilmour’s Extra Stout. No help on this, but I have thought for many years that the label on the left was the earlier issue, but reference to Richard Percival’s Brewery Tray website dates this style to the 1920s, which is a good 25 years before I believed it was introduced. Perhaps the label on the left is the post-war issue. Comments expected.



Over the last couple of weeks, images have been added to the Mansfield Brewery Co and John J Hunt sections of our Featured Breweries. Thanks to John T and Chris B for sending in the images.

Also labels from the Chester Northgate Brewery have been added. Have a look, there are not that many different labels for that brewery as yet.  And I am still waiting for the additional images for Wells of Watford.