Sadly the history of ‘Mystery labels’ would suggest they remain a mystery for the rest of eternity. But we persevere. This image was sent to me from the United States along with two others, which I am sure are not from the UK. Any thoughts would be very much appreciated. It is not a large label, between 3 and 4 inches diameter, I would think and early.
Very grateful to Eric who sent in the image of this Extra Stout cask label from Robert Knox of the Forth Brewery. I foolishly expected to be inundated with label images as so many of us are spending so much more time at home. This attractive little number must be the start of something. It would appear to date from before registration in 1951, when Cambus appeared in parenthesis. The company was taken over by Blair of Alloa in 1954 and closed within a year.
I really like this label on a number of levels. The Pre-Prohibition picture of the Evans & Giehl Brewery, the Permit for the re-introduction of alcohol in 1933, the range of possible alcohol content, the cask could contain any of three different products and could be in any of three sizes. So 9 different combinations, without thinking about Half and Half; Ale and Porter. Rome NY? Not far from Florence, Naples, Venice, Milan and Verona NY. And please leave the label on the cask.
Something a little different today and a bit of history. Hadrian Brewery brewed from 1987 to 1997 in two different industrial estates in Newcastle. the brewery was then operated by Four Rivers Brewing Co until 2000 when the Border Brewery Co purchased the business from liquidators and the company was renamed Hadrian Border Brewery and is still operating successfully today, although in a new home. Three examples from the original Newcastle brewery.
Where is Ince, you may ask? Lancashire is the answer. How common is this label, you may ask? It isn’t. Just enjoy it.
Another label you don’t see very often, and probably on a cask not destined for one of their tied houses. Hepworth owned a number of pubs, but this label would seem to need an address and carrier, so I assuming not one of their regular drops.
A lovely example from a previous time when the country was pulling together through great adversity. I am sure M&B weren’t the only brewery to have donated a cask or two to the armed forces. A great example to follow. A cask or two for our key workers, and I do mean delivery drivers, bin-men, postmen, firemen, shop-workers as well as those putting their lives at risk in the NHS.
The Royal Crown Brewery was built in 1903 by Herbert King. The company owned no pubs, but supplied the majority of their beer in bottles. The name was changed to King’s Brewery (Syresham) in 1924. Collectors who know very little about the brewery will always know that the telephone number was Syresham 2.
Greene King have suspended all brewery tours until the current crisis has passed. Details of new date, and/or refunds of money paid will emerge in the fullness of time. The labels which would have been auctioned, will now be sold as an email/postal auction. Update on the closing date, if there is a change will be posted here. A real shame, I was looking forward to it.
Called into to this pub and ordered a pint and a complete set of their labels.