International Society of Label Collectors & British Brewery Research

Cask Labels #4

Our first venture into labels from the USA, brings this superb example from shortly after the repeal of prohibition from the Kips Bay Brewing Co of New York City. At first sight there appears to be a greater range of colours in use, but are there? However many colours are in use here, there is no doubt this label would have been a contender for label of the year.

Cask Labels #3

We shall try to maintain the current level of interest in this series of images. We intend to use more recent examples, as well as labels from abroad to supplement the early issues that have got this category under way. Today’s offering is from T & R Theakston Ltd, celebrated brewers in Masham. Here’s hoping our printer friend is happy with the use of half tones in this one.

Cask Labels #2

It is going to be very difficult to follow the Magee, Marshall example that started this series, but we have to continue. I just hope this one from John Roberts Three Tuns Brewery in Bishops Castle is very nearly as interesting. However, I have to admit, the use of half-tones is nowhere near as effective.


Cask Labels #1

Another suggestion for our blog from Dale, so a number of cask labels, or barrel labels will follow over the next few weeks. To start us off is this stunning example from Magee, Marshall & Co Ltd of Bolton. My thanks go to Edd the Brewer, who allowed us access to this label.

LOTY 2017, kick start #2 Tipsy Angel Brewery

Another chance to contribute early to the 2017 LOTY charity, even if we don’t know what it will be yet. These labels are scarce, it is unlikely you have one, and unless you send £5 to the Society, it is unlikely you will get one. The first four who comment on this page and Paypal the money to the society will receive one of these labels, either by post, or by hand in Peterborough. Our thanks go to the brewer, whose name is lost in that glorious fog of the afternoon at Wigan Central.


Playing Cards #13

The complete set of the most recent labels from the Wild Card Brewery in Walthamstow, East London. I will have to catch up on these beers. They really should have made a 10 of Spades, Imperial Stout, it would make a nice straight.

Thanks to Geoff who sent in all four images of the Magnet Pale Ale. I had to work quite hard to sort out the differences and I will be looking very closely at future sales. I know several collectors who will be looking to add to their collection for only a pound or two.

Playing Cards #11

A couple from Belgium today. Trying to find labels you may not have seen before and which you may find interesting. Another from the Hobby brewery featured in #2 of this series.

Playing Cards #10

This Four Aces Wrexham Beer label raises several questions. The beer was clearly bound for the United States, but 9½ ounces was not a usual size in the post 1933 period, when the label was probably produced. There were lots of different bottle sizes in the pre-prohibition era but I don’t think this label is that old. Also is this beer an English type beer or an American Lager Beer?


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