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Labels from both Richard Seed & Co Ltd of Radcliffe and Powell & Co of Anerley have been added to our featured breweries section. Take a look and gasp in amazement at the classic designs of the time.

Brunswick Inn – Again – Auction

Lacon FalconJust about to start the auction. Unlike certain internet auction sites, you have to be here & have the cash. No discounts, no haggling, highest offer wins.  The highest price paid was for this lovely Lacons Falcon Ale which realised £16. Eagle-eyed readers will have spotted the damage, but still a bargain addition to the lucky bidders collection.

Brunswick Inn Derby – Today

A nice sunny day in Derby & around 12 members made the effort to show up. Great choice of beers and plenty of healthy swapping of labels. Good quiz, courtesy of Peter D. We will publish this on website shortly.                                     

As a result of my post here on Valentine’s Day, regarding the above brewery. One of our members has been kind enough to provide colour scans of the labels that appeared on the cover of the 1982 newsletter. In fact he has provided two others as well, as a result Godwin Brothers, now appears in our ‘Featured Breweries’ pages. In fact one of the labels appears to pre-date registration, so it is presumably from before October 1907. So take a look and experience the same feelings I had whilst uploading them, decidedly green with jealousy, whilst weeping in to a somewhat soggy handkerchief. Oh well, at least we can all admire them now. If you have any additional labels you would care to share, then the usual comments apply.

Godwin Brothers Ltd of Swindon

Whilst browsing through the old newsletters, from my first spell as a member. I spotted this cover from issue 2 of 1982, now as I do not have any of these labels in my collection I was wondering who the lucky owner is? Obviously I have my suspicions!

NL 2 1982 cover

Are they still a member of the Society? If so would they or anyone else be kind enough to let us have scans, for inclusion in either the Gallery or featured Breweries pages. The destination will of course depend on how many scans are forthcoming.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just as an afterthought, if anyone happens to have any spares………………………………..!

Meeting Dates for next few months

Spring Meeting   Saturday 15th March at the Brunswick Inn, Derby. 12.00 – 17.00

Committee Meeting  Saturday 5th April at the Craven Arms, Birmingham

Annual General Meeting   Saturday 7th June at the Craven Arms, Upper Gough Street, Birmingham, B1 1JL 13.00 – 16.00. 10 minutes walk from New Street Station.

Summer Meeting  This is still at the planning stage, but will probably be in July at the Royal Oak, Tabard Street, Borough, London, SE1 4JU. Watch the blog for further details.

What is your opinion, would a dedicated Diary page be worthwhile on our website? Please let our webmaster (me) know what you think.

Having been very quiet of late, I thought it was time to help you tweak those old grey cells. So here we go with #10 in the series.

Lamb Pale Ale comp

Apart from the obvious cropping on one label and the very slight size difference, how many can you spot. There are several so enjoy yourselves.

Well, having recovered from LOTY physically, if not financially. And as it is over a month since the last ‘Spot the Difference’.

I have had a browse thru the collection & offer this pair of labels for you to ponder over.


Walsall & District Clubs comparative

No help this time, but I wonder if Andy & his mate were drinking this in our superb promotional cartoon?

The Label Of The Year Quiz –

Just under a week now, until the LOTY presentation & charity day at Charles Wells. As I know you all really look forward to my annual brainteasers. I have just finished setting the quiz questions and this year’s will be a cracker. You just need to know your labels. See you there. Cheers Peter D