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?
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.
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.
Further to our last post re the above, some of you may be interested in the following.
There is free on-road parking right outside the brewery and on a Saturday, there should not be any problem at all in finding a parking space.
There is no parking on-site, but everyone should be able to park without a problem.
But please, do not drink and drive!
There will be another auction of labels from the collection of the late Des Clarke, selected images will appear in due course
There are a number of cask labels in existence from Brown & Company of the Shakespeare Brewery, Redditch. However I have yet to see a bottle label. Anyone out there able to help out with a picture?
Another one I was reminded about by Nick. About 100 years old and still a wonderfully successful design. It would be good to know if anyone knew if there were other cask labels from Justin Brinn’s of the Truro Brewery.
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.