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Two very slightly different Nut Ale labels from Mew Langton of Newport Isle of Wight. Just an excuse really to tell you that the Featured Brewery area South East has ben split into South and South East. South has labels from breweries in Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire and Buckinghamshire, South East has Kent, Sussex and Surrey. Middlesex seems to have disappeared. This should make navigation a lot easier, especially as more breweries are set to be added over the next couple of weeks. We have added labels to the Mew Langton, Wethereds, Kings of Syresham and John Hair, a set from the Shanklin Brewery and more to come. The Shanklin labels can be found here.

Mew Nut Ale

I promise this will be the last images posted of Mackeson’s Milk Stout, but the question needs to be asked. Which of these two is the earlier issue? Did I get it slightly wrong right from the beginning?

Mackeson std - Milk Stout

Both Alan and Geoff have sent me this pair of labels, and both were some time ago. Thanks to both and here I am on catch-up. I think both of these date from after the brewery was bought by Andrew Buchan in 1936 and the example on the left is the earlier of the two.

buchan kings 4

There have been a number of very positive comments recently about how useful this series has been, particularly when one of the pair is fairly common and the second can be picked up for very little money. It has also been pointed out that we haven’t featured many labels from Elgood’s of Wisbech.

Elgood Olde English

The cursed apostrophe. Which one of these is correct, or is the the version on the No. 1 Barley wine labels which has Tennant’s? Or are they all right, depending on whether it is one Tennant or the brothers beers. What is important is that now I know there are two versions of the beehive shaped Pale Ale and the Brown Ale, which have both been added to the website, alongside several other examples. Thanks again to Geoff for sending in all the images. Good to see someone takes the trouble to carefully compare labels on the website to their own collection, and then does something about it.

STD pair



A very attractive pair from Dale’s of Cambridge. I suspect the label on the left is the earlier and probably from the 1930s. whereas the other is after the second world war.
Thanks to Dale, who very appropriately mailed in the images.

Dale pair

I know it’s only a couple of days since the last Grove’s labels, but I couldn’t resist this pair. The second one only arrived today, but  I wanted to see if there were any answers out there. Not really hard to spot the differences here, many would say a completely different label, but which is the earlier and in over 30 years of collecting, why is today the first time I have seen the variation on the left?

Groves 4

Another thank you to Nick Drew for sending in scans of a number of new labels in his collection. These two fit so well with the comments from Ike on Adrian’s Desert Island Hunt’s Stingo label. Of course, there were breweries all over the country who brewed a Stingo. Ike, you missed the Blue Anchor at Helston! So here are two Stingo labels from Groves and for those that care, the one on the left is not in my collection.Groves 3

We are really pleased with the way the castle theme has turned out. We have managed to get different sizes and a number of Spot the difference posts from it.

Here are two from Yates’s Cob Nut Brown Ale labels; I feel there is a story behind the two different labels. It would be good to know if there is.

Castle Yates

These labels have an attractive castle as a trade mark, rather than an attempt to portray a particular castle. The example on the left was sent in by Nick, once again, what would we do without him.  This is another difference I was completely unaware of before this afternoon. A very similar castle trade mark was used by other brewers and I have no doubt we will find room for some of them before the month is out.Maclachlan