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Cask Labels #17

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.

London Meeting in July

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.

AGM @ Fullers update

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!

Cask Labels #16

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?

Commenting on this Blog

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.

Peterborough Meeting & Auction

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

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.