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Normal service will be resumed very soon

Been a bit quiet on the website recently while many of us enjoy a well-earned holiday break. I have a lot to catch up on, including a substantial backlog from late June and early July. Normal service will include:

plenty of additions to the ‘Spot the difference’ and ‘Size really matters’ sections;

more featured breweries sparked by contributions from Jeff S and the Yorkshire followers;

Nick D has contributed his ‘Desert Island Beer Labels and we are off to Scotland for the next ‘Brewers in ………’ epic.

And there is the ‘Label of the Year’ to look forward to. A host of goodies for your delight and education.

Holiday beers

Just in case any of you thought I wouldn’t be adding any posts for a while, here is this weeks favourite beer: Lagunitas Imperial Stout.

Absolutely lovely, if a little strong at 9.9%. The 22oz bottle lasted over three hours.


Seems possible that very few collectors are really interested in collecting these minor differences. There were several available tonight on a well-known internet auction site, with both variations listed and a lucky bidder picked up three or four for not much more than the postage cost.

I do know there is interest out there, one collector with a very extensive collection thanked me for publishing a pair of Southam’s SOS labels that he had not known about, and he picked up the missing variation very soon afterwards.

With regard to ‘Spot the difference’ #37; Massey’s Burnley Brewery, Keith has written in to tell us that ‘Masseys brewer and barrels trade mark registered 1885 and the owl trade mark registered in 1937. It’s possible owl was in use before 1937 but can’t say for sure.’

Many thanks for that. You can find the labels at

To keep you going here are two Wards No. 1 Strong Ale labels with a number of minor differences.

Ward Foxearth

As promised, or was that threatened, labels from Amey’s of the Borough Brewery, Petersfield have been added to our featured brewery section. Follow the menu England > South East > Amey. Many thanks to Geoff for providing the majority of the images for this brewery.

Here is the second blog post before we add Amey’s Borough Brewery, Petersfield to our featured brewery section.

A pair of Dinner Ale labels, the larger is 86mm tall and the smaller, which I presume is for the half pint bottle is 76mm tall. Unlike some pairs of labels, these show a slight design change rather than a simple enlargement.

Amey size matters.bmp


Many thanks to Geoff for providing images of his entire collection of Amey’s labels. An extensive set which we are preparing you for, with this ‘Spot the difference’ trio. Another blog post tomorrow and the entire set will appear in our featured brewery section this weekend. Annoyingly, I don’t have any of these in my collection.

Amey spot the difference.bmp

Perhaps the most satisfying part of all this is the chance to add to the sum of knowledge about the labels that were issued 60 or 70 years ago. These two Norman and Pring labels are completely different designs and the one on the left is earlier than that on the right. No mention of Norman & Pring on either label. The right hand example is the same design as one of the two Oatmeal Stout labels from yesterday. The question is ‘Are there others in either of these two designs??’ And could we have scans if there are? And that means you!

Norman & Pring 3

A couple of responses to Tuesday’s Spot the difference. Followers are asking about the differences in Norman & Pring labels and whether they are similar to that in the blog. The small Imperial labels have only that difference as far as we know, but the pint labels have at least 3 variations. To show you what I mean, here are two pint Oatmeal Stout labels, 84mm tall this time.

Norman & pring 2

It has been a tough couple of weeks workwise, so apologies for the speed with which we are adding to the site. There are many variations of the labels from the City Brewery in Exeter. It would be good to try to catalogue them all at some time in the future, but in the meantime to whet your appetite, here are two half pint Imperial labels, 69mm tall. I remember studying the image of the label on the right to see exactly the difference(s) before I invested the £1 on a purchase.

Norman & Pring

Beer labels added: Brewers in Kent

Very pleased to be able to tell you that we have added labels from Sharp and Winch of Cranbrook, Frederick Leney of Wateringbury and the New Northfleet Brewery to our Brewers in Kent section. Thank go to Denis M and Keith O for providing the images.