Regular followers of the Advent Calendar over the last couple of years will know that I do like to feature labels which hark back to the music I have loved over the years. So I was pleased to find this offering from the wonderful Kelham Island Brewery. Riders on the Storm was the last track released by the Doors before Jim Morrison’s death in 1971. Still great to listen to. Go find it on YouTube.
Great. Day 6 on Day 6. Santa’s Winter Blonde from the Hesket Newmarket Brewery in sunny Lakeland. What more could Santa ask for? A roaring fire and a beer.
I think I will have caught up today. This is the morning offering. Figgy Pudding from Wantsum Brewery. Yes I do, although I cannot remember drinking this beer.
On the 4th day of Christmas it would have been very good if we had all been sent a barrel label from Ward & Sons Ltd of Foxearth. I don’t suppose there are many collectors out there who would have been disappointed to receive this.
We have to work quickly now there is a day to catch up. So how about Blitzen from the Black Sheep Brewery in Masham. As it says on the label – a cheeky little festive number.
Apologies for the delay in getting day 2 sorted, but Saturday in Norwich took up considerably more than the whole day. And excellent it was too, great turnout and the local people brought in some very interesting items of breweriana. My favourite was undoubtedly this label from Day & Son of St Neots in Huntingdonshire. The owner was particularly pleased that we valued it in excess of £400, providing the right buyer could be found.
I just had to start with this. Backwoods B*Stard from Founders Brewing Co in Grand Rapids Michigan. A bottle arrived at my house earlier this week and I couldn’t help noticing the advertising.
This ain’t no lawn-mowing’ beer!
An Imperial Stout at somewhere over 11% ABV, I think I understand why. Two things I want from you. Is it as good as the 100 rating from one beer rating site and what would you describe as a lawn-mowing beer?
My last label has been the most difficult to choose. Should it be another Kent label? Perhaps another Russells? In the end I opted for this elegant design from the Cirencester Brewery, partly because it’s another West Country (well Gloucestershire) company but mainly the fact that I first saw it on a poster produced by Courage for their Bicentenary illustrating labels from the companies they’d acquired over the years. I thought wow! What a fantastic label, not ever dreaming that I might get an example one day. It just goes to show that collecting is a long game; persistence may one day pay off!
As a postscript I’d add that these choices are just a snapshot. I’ve still got many labels and companies I’d really like to have which are not yet represented in my collection so I’ve got my sights set on a few – this selection might change!
We travel back to the West Country for my ninth label, Oak Ale from the Oakhill Brewery. I don’t really know why I like this label. In all probability the beer was named to reflect the company name and their trademark – a hill covered with oaks – although other companies also produced “Oak” ales – presumably a darkish beer. I think what attracts me is the pleasing traditional design conveying the impression of a rural country brewery. I also like the fact that the county is named properly as Somersetshire, not shortened as happens so often.
It’s back to Kent for my next selection. Although the Medway towns are only a few miles from my home town of Northfleet, we never seemed to get there much except on “Navy Days” at the Chatham dockyard when my father, an ex-Royal Navy man, would take us aboard the ships that were open to the public. Not far from the dockyard was the site of Arkcoll’s Brewery, although it had long gone by the time we made our visits in the late 1950s. Many years ago I was shown a colour photocopy of an Arkcoll’s label and the hunt was on! It took many years but eventually I obtained this superb label to shine in my Kent collection.