International Society of Label Collectors & British Brewery Research

As a direct response to the torrent of feedback we are getting about these posts, here  are two labels from Carter, Milner and Bird Ltd of the Hope Brewery, Sheffield. Not hard to see the difference I know, but I am sure many of you just like to know what there is out in the big, wide world. I shall probably add the additional label to the featured brewery section as well. How good is that???


Carter Milner Bird

After a valuable conversation with Paul, who seems to have a connection with a North West brewing family, it was suggested that Groves and Whitnall labels appear in our featured brewery section. I was beginning to despair that no-one would comment on our labels, or contribute to the website, so I will immediately respond to that request. As a starter here are two 1930s labels with a number of differences.

Groves and Whitnall


Two labels from Jas. Fox and Sons of the Isle of Axholme Brewery, Crowle near Doncaster. I didn’t know which of the two categories to put these in. To be honest I don’t think most of us would care, we would just be very pleased to have either in our collection. For the terminally sad, the larger is 89mm tall and the smaller is a bit less.


Fox Axholme

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 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

As a result of some feedback, we thought we would mention the following. Should you wish to view all of the posts relating to either of the above, then scroll down the blog page. On the left hand side you will see a list of categories. Click on Spot The Difference for example & all the posts relating to that subject will appear. This does of course depend on us categorising posts correctly, but we have checked these 2 categories and so far so good. Hope this proves to be useful.

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.