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Site Update

Regular visitors will have noticed the changes to the top level menus, but may have missed some of the additions, there have been so many. In no particular order, labels have been added from these breweries; first, our corporate members: Harvey & Sons are HERE, Fullers are HERE and Shepherd Neame are HERE

You will also find Evan Evans Bevan of the Vale of Neath Brewery HERE   J Hamer of Bromley Cross, Bolton HERE  and Shaw’s Dukinfield Brewery HERE

In addition we have added a number of labels to the Alphabetical section, see if you can spot some, to Bentley’s Yorkshire Breweries, Ramsden’s and Westoe.

A trio today. Not our usual, here is a design difference you may not have noticed before, which has helped many a collector find labels to add to their collection at little cost. No-one is going to pick up one of these three for next to nothing. However, I guess many of you will be happy to gaze and hope. It is also an opportunity to point out that Fullers are one of our Corporate members and as well as having a prominent position on our website, a wonderful display of their labels can be found in our gallery HERE

Unusual to feature a label from Watney on here, but this pair does raise a few questions. Is this a Combes label? The trade mark is certainly pre merger, but the whole label design says Watney. We could have put this in the mystery label section. Your thoughts would be appreciated.

Tipplefair 2018

After much discussion and overcoming several problems, not the least of which was the pub roof falling in, the British Brewery Playing Card Society will be organising the Tipplefair this year. It will still be held in its regular home, Peterborough, but on an earlier date than last year,  and at a different venue, i.e. the Heron Pub, Southfields Drive, Stanground, Peterborough, PE2 8QB on Sunday 3rd June, 2018. Stallholders 10:00am, collectors 11:00am, admission, £2. Free entry after 1 pm. See the website for the latest info.


Offered for sale will probably be the largest selection of drink related memorabilia; (beer, brewery, whisky, spirits, cola etc. glasses, playing cards, ashtrays, labels, mirrors etc.) In addition Mike Peterson of the Association of British Brewery Collectibles will be offering a free appraisal and valuation service. Some tables are still available (from £15). To book call Maxine on 0750 629 6801 or email for more details.

A first I thought this was just another of those slightly different colour pairs, but these Strong Ale labels from Alloa contain a myriad of tiny differences. We could have used this in a competition to see who can find the most. Let’s get a few responses in this time.

May the 4th be with you; part 2

We have tried really hard on the Chewbacca Porter but sadly it has been discontinued. It may not even have been available in bottle. Sorry Wookies World. The best we can do is this………..  unless you know different.

Today’s pair are the result of a speculative bid at a recent auction because there was no interest in the three labels offered. It even took a couple of days before I looked at the labels to find the larger example appeared to be different from the one already in the collection and not just the depth of colour. I do like it when this happens.

Another post with a twin purpose. Thanks to Nick once again, for providing the images for this post and for additions to the featured brewery upload.

It took me a while to sort the difference between these two Vale of Neath Mild Ale labels apart from the slight colour variation. Obvious once you see it.

The images from Evan Evans Bevan Ltd can be found HERE

Two purposes again today. First and it is a tough one this; are there enough differences between these two Oatmeal Stout labels to justify the inclusion of both labels in a collection?

Secondly; we have added labels from John Baxter’s Glen Top Brewery in Waterfoot to our featured brewery section. You can find the images HERE

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