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Cask Labels #15

Another more recent example; Tony and Robinetta Bunce started the brewery at Netheravon in 1983, having bought the disused power station from the Ministry of Defence. They brewed there for 8 years and the brewery is now home to Stonehenge Ales. This large label gives no indication of the contents, but it is a particularly striking design.

Cask Labels #14

Sometimes you wonder why brewers produce such elaborate labels which will just get slapped on a barrel. One thing is for sure, it wasn’t because someone in the office thought ‘this will really please the label collectors of the future’. Whatever the marketing reasons, this example from Clinch’s Brewery on the Isle of Man has really pleased label collectors.

Cask Labels #13

Very pleasing to have had a few comments recently and this should bring a few more. The Mortlake Brewery was bought by Charles Phillips in 1852 and soon afterwards was transferred to a partnership between Phillips and James Wigan. At that time output from the brewery was less than 5% of that of London’s largest brewers. The Phillips and Wigan partnership lasted until 1877 when Wigan bought a brewery in Bishops Stortford. This dates this label quite well. The brewery finally closed in 2015, sparing it any further, the indignity of brewing Budweiser.


A Blast from the Past – LOTY 2013

Back in the 2013 LOTY competition, we received an entry of a Cupids Ale label & at the time many collectors asked the question.

‘Who brewed this, where do I include it in my collection’

Well, thanks to one of our intrepid label hounds, we can now report that it was almost certainly brewed by RCH Brewery of West Hewish, near Weston-super-Mare.

And before you ask, no we don’t have an image to hand, but if someone does, let us have a scan & we will be happy to retro fit into this post.

Cask Labels #12

I know the Sir Henry Meux label didn’t raise an eyebrow or was everyone so gobsmacked they were unable to comment? Nevertheless here is another from the same source; the McCord museum in Ottawa via Frank Mrazik. Thanks to both.

I think this raises a lot of questions. Did Bass ever use a London Address? Was it used because London was well-known around the world in the 19th century but Burton on Trent probably wasn’t? Where is the triangle, red or otherwise? Give us your thoughts. We like thoughts, thoughts are good!

Cask Labels #11

Stout wasn’t the obvious choice for our first venture into Scottish cask labels. This one is particularly interesting because it comes from Steel, Coulson’s Greenhead Brewery in Glasgow, which closed in 1946, rather than the Croft-an-Righ Brewery in Edinburgh, which appears to be ever-present on bottle labels.

Cask Labels #10

American brewers were much quicker than their counterparts in this country to realise the marketing potential of Special Brews for holidays and similar occasions. Not just in the bottle either; this label is for a half barrel, that is 15½ gallons, of Piel’s Special Holiday Beer. That would be about 12½ gallons in the UK. Imperial measures in America are just about the only thing they do which is smaller than ours. I believe this label to have been issued just after the end of prohibition, in 1933 – 1935.

Cask Labels #9

It wouldn’t be right to ignore the contribution to label design by ‘modern’ breweries. Here is the first of a selection of different styles, this one from The Penrhos Brewery, Kington. This label stands up well in this company.


Cask Labels #8

Please accept our apologies if you found the Henry Meux label a little bland. This should cheer you up; our first venture into full colour printing for this example from Paine & Co of St Neots which, at the time the label was issued would have been in Huntingdonshire. Gold Medal winners in 1934, prominently displayed, and this time an empty space to put the address it was going to.

Cask Labels #7

I am not 100% sure that this is a cask label, but I suspect it is. Cutting each one up to go on a bottle would be a little tedious. A really early label from Sir Henry Meux, I believe from the mid 19th century. This image was provided by Frank Mrazik. The original label is in the McCord Museum in Ottawa and we are grateful that they allow publication as long as an acknowledgement is included.