The Labologist's Society

International Society of Label Collectors & British Brewery Research


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No, not just another reminder, but don’t forget the AGM at Fullers on June 10th.

As those of you planning on attending are no doubt wondering, when are we going to find out whats up for grabs in the auction?

Well here we go, but first a short information announcement.

As we may well be pushed for time, it is possible that not all of the labels shown will be auctioned, but we will do our best.



to be continued.

As our members will know from our newsletter, we were fortunate to receive a number of sets of labels from the old Oakleaf Brewing Company.

This was the result of Bernie W talking nicely to Matt Curd, the MD of the successor company, Fallen Acorn Brewing. Matt asked that we sell the labels to benefit Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) and to date, 21 of our generous members have purchased these labels.

This means that so far we have raised £316 for this very fine charity, we hope there will be more to come.

Their cheques should be landing on a desk at WWTW tomorrow morning. If you have not yet purchased your set of labels, we do have some left, so dig out your newsletter for the details of how to acquire you very own set of excellent labels.

Should you be one of the label collectors, who are not members of the Society. We are more than happy to sell you a set for £15 plus postage. There are 31 labels in the set & the majority are from Oakleaf Brewing Company, but there are a few from other brewers also.

If you are interested send us an email, members@ from our ‘Contact Us’ page.

No we are not scanning them all for the website, but a list may be available!

Cask Labels #30

The final offering. There has been little interest in the last half dozen posts and no comments at all. An end of the century Pendle Witches Brew from Moorhouse’s Burnley Brewery with appropriate instructions what to do when finished.

Cask Labels #29

I wasn’t 100% sure that this was a cask label, but I have now been assured it is. Apparently Stock Bitter Ale was never available in bottle from Friary, Holroyd and Healy’s Brewery in Guildford, so this just had to be destined for a cask and very attractive it is too.


Cask Labels #28

Two for today’s offering. I find these a very interesting pair. They were issued fairly soon after the end of prohibition, probably 1933-35, and the differentiation between a still and a lively porter is unusual and fascinating. I imagine plenty of brewers have produced still and lively versions by accident, but these were clearly a planned series of consistent brews, otherwise why have labels printed by the thousand, and also many US brewers were producing keg beers at this time. My guess would be that the brews were identical, but the still version would have no added COand there would have been little ‘head’, whereas the lively version would have had plenty of CO2 pressure and the Porter would be Sparkling.

Cask Labels #27

An early example from Melbourn Brothers Brewery in Stamford. They were first registered in the 1930s or possibly immediately after the end of the 2nd World War. The stores in Lincoln and Grantham appear to be out of use by 1929. D.S. probably refers to their Double Stout. So many guesses! So who knows?

Cask Labels #26

Edward and John Burke were the grandsons of the first Arthur Guinness and they had been granted the exclusive distribution rights for the Guinness trade mark in America. From the later years of the 19th Century, they were the sole export bottlers for the United States. Prohibition almost put them out of business in the 1920s, but on repeal in 1933, E & J Burke opened a brewery in Long Island, New York, which brewed Ale, Lager and Stout. This cask label is an example of their standard design. Burke Brewery, Inc was not a total success and were bought out by Arthur Guinness in 1943. Even a company with the reputation and resources of Guinness could not make it a success and the brewery closed in 1953.

Cask Labels #25

It has taken until #25 in this series to feature a label from across the Irish sea. There must be as many different cask labels from Robert Perry’ Rathdowney Brewery as there are from the Shakespeare brewery in Reddish. I notice no-one has found any additional labels from there to add to Eric’s list.