As promised here is another from our corporate member, Shepherd Neame. In #20 I did state that Sheps beers could be found all over the country. I received an email from Jorge to tell me that Bishop’s Finger and Spitfire were available in Brazil. Thank you Jorge. Good to know we get about.
For #20 and 21 we are featuring cask labels from one of our corporate members, Shepherd Neame Ltd of Faversham, founded in 1698, and therefore the oldest brewer in the United Kingdom. The company has been family owned since 1864. A wide range of beers are bottled and can be found all over the country, however the Double Stout, currently one of my favourite beers, is less common in the frozen northern wastelands.
The main interest in this label, which is in fairly poor condition, is that the beer was brewed by Simonds in the former Philips & Sons Brewery in Dock Road, Newport, that they purchased along with over 120 pubs in 1949. This is the only label I have come across which states that the beer is brewed by Simonds in Newport. I don’t have any idea of where the A.K. came from either, I can’t recall any of Simonds beers by that name.
Another big thank you to Nick for sending in a scan of this recently acquired label from Flowers Breweries Ltd. Fairly specific instructions I think you will agree. A number of these labels were picked up off the floor of the Flowers Laboratory just before demolition in 1975 by a collector who currently resides on an island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.
Very recently sold on a well-known internet auction site for a substantial amount of money, we have permission from the purchaser to add this very attractive example from Gibbs Mew & Co Ltd of Salisbury to this blog. Presumably the name of the beer was added later.
Although details have been in the Event Diary for some time, just thought we would remind everyone.
Saturday July 22nd at the Royal Oak, Tabard Street, London starting at 12 noon, Great venue, always well attended.
And Yes we will be holding a further auction of labels from the late Des Clarke’s collection. More details in due course.
So we look forward to a good crowd, enjoying the Harveys ales, excellent food and of course ‘Summer in the City’.
This may well set off a couple of our regulars, with more appropriate song titles.
Apparently our last update was not updated enough, so here are the correct details (I hope)
The date is 10th June & the AGM starts 12.30 in the Main Conference Room, a committee meeting will take place before this commencing at 11.30
For anyone who doesn’t know the location please see below for the full details.
Fuller’s Griffin Brewery, Chiswick Lane South, London, W4 2QB. The timetable for the event is below.
** 11.30 – Committee Meeting **
** 12.30 – AGM starts **
** 13.45 – Auction of Des Clarke Labels **
** 14.30 to 15.30 – Brewery Tour (concentrating on the history) **
** 15.30 – Buffet in the Mawson Arms (on site) **
Beer, Soft Drinks and the Buffet at the Mawson Arms are being provided courtesy of Fuller’s.
Those who would prefer not to do the tour are of course welcome to go to the Mawson Arms instead once the AGM is over.
Hopefully we will see a good number of you there on the day!
George Biggs & Sons owned the Crown Brewery in Bath and three public houses when they were taken over by the Bristol Brewery, George & Co Ltd in 1924. This is the only label I have ever seen from this brewer and it raises 2 questions. What else did they brew? and Did they ever bottle their beers?
If you have tried adding a comment to any of the threads on this blog recently, you may have found that the web site would not accept your comment. I certainly have had problems.
It appears that due to a recent upgrade to the background electrickery, registered users must log in on the home page before being ‘allowed’ to post a comment. Now you are no doubt wondering if you are a registered user. Well if you are a member of the Society & have in the past received a user name & password, then ‘Yes’ you are.
So I am afraid you will need to dig out those bits of information & get into the habit of logging on. You could also visit the members forum, once you have logged on. The forum will be delighted to to hear from you, as it is feeling somewhat neglected.
If you are one of our contributors, who are not as yet a member. Then you can add comments as you have in the past.
Sorry if this puts anyone off due to all the extra keywork, but at present that is how it is. But at least you now know why.
Just to remind everyone that our Spring Meeting is being held on 22nd April at The Brewery Tap, 80, Westgate, Peterborough, PE1 2AA.
Kick off is 12.00 or thereabouts, travel permitting of course. There will be another auction of labels from the late Des Clarke’s collection.
As you will see from the images below, we are expecting some competitive bidding and of course you have to be there to stand a chance of taking home some new labels.
Members only, allowed to bid in the auction. However we are always happy to welcome guests.
We look forward to seeing you there