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Burt & Co update

Thanks to Geoff who supplied a couple more images and some accurate historical data for Burt & Co. The updated page can been seen HERE


Two purposes here. One is to let you know that a number of labels from Burt’s Ventnor Brewery have been uploaded to the Featured Brewery section of the website. You can find them HERE

And where does this pair of Burt’s Pale Ale labels fit into the ‘Differences’ discussion. I say discussion, because more than one person has contributed. It would indeed be useful if more members made their views known.


I think Eric has raised an important point here and it would be very interesting to hear others point of view. To help us clarify our thoughts, which of Eric’s categories does this pair of Black Bess Stout labels fit into. Best thing was Geoff bought one of the labels because he wanted the stopper label which went with it and only realised he had a variation of the main label as well, when he opened the packet.

Yet another difference that was previously unknown to me until the label on the left arrived in the post this week. The John Peel XXX Export Ale has been in my collection for a long time and every time I examine the ‘new’ addition, I see another difference. Another lovely addition to the collection.

Sorry to return to Greenall Whitley, but arising from the same email exchange with agm, I noticed another pair with a number of detail differences. Here are a pair of Brown Ale labels, not considered very desirable, but how many collectors out there have both of these?

Thanks to Pete for providing us with the images for this pair of Golden Hop Pale Dinner Ale labels from Alton Court Brewery in Ross-on-Wye. There can’t be many beers from the 1930s which had a 5 word name. I guess there will be several collectors on the lookout for the missing label for their collections.

Today brought home the importance of this website and especially this theme, particularly for those collectors with an interest in the history of the beers and breweries. I guess it is over 35 years since I acquired the beginnings of my label collection. There was a number of post war Greenall’s labels in that box. It is a brewery that I have built up a decent collection of labels. Today I discovered a variation I had not seen before. I was inspired to look through one of my duplicates boxes by an email from agm. Not a sought after label, but I get great pleasure in finding things like this.

So, you need to sort the difference and this will enable you to accurately date at least one the of labels. Let us know.

I suppose we have to consider it a good response. £21 for 2018 LOTY and just the one example left. If you want it, then you need to respond quickly to join an illustrious group, Pete Standen, Eric Dore, John Heddington and Keith Osborne. We will sort out getting them posted to you soon. Another picture in case you missed it.

Even though we don’t know the venue or charities we are supporting this year, let’s get the collection started now. Thanks to Edd the Brewer, we have five of the Connoisseur Ales label of his recreation of an1868 recipe. First five offers will secure one of these incredibly scarce labels. Five pounds each would be a good start for the deserving charity. And sorry, no back labels at present although we are trying.

It’s been a while since we featured a pair of labels in this category and a long time since Mason & Co of  the Waterside Brewery in Maidstone appeared in our blog. For many collectors every slight variation is important and when there are large differences like this, we can’t understand why many sellers of quality labels do not realise how important it is. Lovely labels, lovely sizes, 104mm and 93mm tall.