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Despite having collected labels on and off for over thirty years there is always a surprise waiting round the corner.


This is particularly true if you are deeply interested (or should that be really sad?) in finding the minute differences between different issues of  a particular label.

Gartsides comparative


The Old Tom on the left I have had in my collection for a number of years and until recently I assumed it was the only version around. Until that is I came across the one on the right, which I believe to be an earlier design of the label. At first sight it appears that it is just heavier ink deposition, but look closer & you will see the area of ‘grass’ the dog is standing on is definitely different. What other differences can you find?


If there is positive feedback (or any at all) on this post, I shall do my best to provide more examples of labels with small, but clearly discernible differences.

New Labels Issued in August

Why not share with your fellow members, those labels you have discovered this month.

Just click on the title of this post & wait for a new window to open.

Fill in what you have to say, plus the other details requested & click on ‘Post Comment’

Just another 4 weeks to the deadline for entries, why not join with the other 120+ breweries who have already taken the plunge. Let us have your entries for Label Of The Year

2013  and help us to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support & Keech Hospices. This is our 30th Label Of The Year and thus far we have raised over £56, 115 for charities

chosen by the brewing industry. To all of you who have supported us so far this year & in the past, Thank You, you generosity & help is invaluable.

Latest update to website

Two new ‘Featured Breweries’ added today, Carter, Milner & Bird and Lloyd & Yorath.

Also  a good number of new images in our ‘Gallery’ sections.

If you would like some of your most prized labels to feature on our web pages, see below.

Please send individual images as pdfs or jpegs, with any text you wish including to our

webmaster, from our ‘Getting in Touch’ page.

Please remember that if you wish to attend either the Judging Meeting on 14th September at the Brunswick Inn, Derby or the main LOTY meeting on 19th October at Charles Wells Ltd., Bedford.

You must reserve your place(s) by contacting our Treasurer via our ‘Getting in Touch’ page or alternatively please use the booking forms in the next newsletter (due to be published in early August).

Both meetings will offer a buffet and an auction. The price to attend is £8 per person per meeting. Members may bring one guest to these meetings, should you wish to bring more than one, please contact Des.



Label Of The Year – Entries update

We are delighted that to date over 100 brewing companies have decided to support us, either directly or via their bottling companies. Our efforts this year on behalf of our hosts Charles Wells Ltd., will benefit Macmillan Cancer Support & Keech Hospices, both very worthy causes. The following companies have been kind enough to enter labels in this year’s competition and our sincere thanks go to each & every one of them.

Alechemy Brewing Co. Allendale Brewery, Anarchy Brew Co. Arbor Ales, Archerfield Ales, Ashley Down Brewery, Barngates Brewery, Big Lamp Brewery, Black Edge Brewery, Black Flag Brewery, Black Paw Brewery, Box Steam Brewery, Brampton Brewery, Brecon Brewing, Brentwood Brewery, Bridestones Brewery , Burnside Brewery, Burscough Brewing Co Ltd, By The Horns Brewery, Cader Ales, City of Cambridge Brewery, Cliff Quay Brewery, Consett Ale Works, Crate Brewery, Crouch Vale Brewery, Dark Horse Brewery, Dark Star Brewery, Darwin Brewery, Donnington Brewery, Dorset Brewing Co. Dunscar Bridge Brewery, Earl Soham Brewery, Eden Brewery, Elixir Brew Co. Exeter Brewery, Fallen Brewing Co, Geeves Brewery, Geltsdale Brewery, Georges Brewery, Glastonbury Ales, Goody Ales, Great Orme Brewery, Great Western Brewing, Hackney Brewery, Hadrian & Border Brewery, Hawkshead Brewery,, Heavy Industry Brewery, Hellhound Brewery, High Weald Brewery, Hill Island Brewery, Hogs Back Brewery, Hopdaemon Brewery, Independent Lakeland Breweries, Irwell Works Brewery, Jersey Brewery, Just a Minute Brewery, Keswick Brewing Co. Knops Beer Company, Lancaster Brewery, Langham Brewery, Leyden Brewery, Llangollen Brewery,, Loch Lomond Brewery, Marstons, Mauldons Brewery, Mayfields Brewery, Mobberley Fine Ales, Naylors Brewery, Nethergate Brewery, Nine Standards Brewery, Northumberland Brewery, Offa Brewing Co, Old Worthy Brewing, Orkney Brewery, Ouseburn Valley Brewery, Oxfordshire Ales, Peerless Brewing Co. Prospect Brewery, Quantock Brewery, Ramsbury Brewery, Raw Brewing Company, Redwell Brewing, Revolutions Brewing, River Leven Ales, Rother Valley Brewery, S. A. Brain, Saffron Brewery, Scottish Borders Brewery, Ship Inn Brewery, Sonnet 43 Brewery, Southport Brewery, Stringers Beer, Stroud Brewery, Surrey Hills Brewery, Tatton Brewery, The Rat Brewery, Tirril Brewery, Towles’ Fine Ales, Tring Brewery, Tyne Bank Brewery, Ulverston Brewing, Unsworth’s Yard Brewery, Venns Brewery, West Berkshire Brewery, Wharfebank Brewery, Whittlebury Brewery, Wild Weather Ales, Wincle Brewery, Winster Valley Brewery, Wiper & True, Wolf Brewery, Woodlands Brewery, Worsthorne Brewery, Wylam Brewery, XT Brewing Co. Yates Brewery

Please remember that if you wish to attend either the Judging Meeting in September or the main LOTY meeting in October, you must reserve your place(s) by contacting our Treasurer via our ‘Getting in Touch’ page.

Alternatively please use the booking forms in the next newsletter.

Updates to this site

Over the last week or so we have added a number of new images to our galleries. There is also a new ‘Featured Brewery’, namely Hereford & Tredegar. Also new is a Label Of The Year 2012 page, with the results of the event and detail of money raised for charity. We will hopefully upload some selected images from last year’s event  in the near future.

Further details of entries received for Label Of The Year 2013 will also appear in the near future. If you are a Twitterer, Tweep or just someone who uses Twitter, keep an eye on @Labology as info will also be published by ‘bird of mouth’ or is that ‘mouth of bird’. Either way check back regularly.

LOTY – Entries starting to arrive

If you follow us on Twitter, you will know that we are starting to receive entries for this year’s LOTY. To support us in our efforts on behalf of Charles Wells Ltd’s, chosen charities Macmillan Cancer Support & Keech Hospices, the following brewing companies have been kind enough to enter labels in this year’s competition.

Wild Weather Ales, Hell Hound Brewery, Brentwood Brewery, Georges Brewery, High Weald Brewery, Cliff Quay Brewery,Tring Brewery, Arbor Ales, XT Brewing Co, Old Growler Brewery, West Berkshire Brewery, Ramsbury Brewery, Hogs Back Brewery,  Redwell Brewery, Old Worthy Brewery, Popes Brewing Co, Wolf Brewery, Knops Beer, Archerfield Ales, Oxfordshire Ales, City of Cambridge Brewery, Donnington Brewery, Ashley Down Brewery, Venns Brewery

Further updates will follow in due course. Please remember that if you wish to attend either the Judging Meeting in September or the main LOTY meeting in October, you must reserve your place(s) by contacting our Treasurer via our ‘Getting in Touch’ page. Alternatively use the booking forms in the next newsletter.


LOTY 2013 Off & Running

Despite some mad last minute updating, we have now launched the 30th LOTY event.

Around 1200 brewing companies have been emailed with an invitation to take part. The only

ones not contacted are those we do not have an email address for or they are so new we have

not yet heard about them. If you know of any new ones email us via the ‘Getting in Touch’ page

LOTY 2013 Judging Meeting

Once again this year’s judging will be held at The Brunswick Inn, near Derby rail station on Saturday 14th September.

Meeting starts at 12.00. Buffet available. Reserve you place by contacting our Treasurer via our Getting In Touch page