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Our coverage of breweries in the East Midlands has been patchy at best.  We will be adding a number of labels from the Eagle brewery in Charnwood Street Leicester, starting with these two variations of their Stout. I have only come across these as small 71mm tall labels which I assume were for the half pint bottles, so additional information would be very helpful.

Leicester B&M Spot

Desert Island Beer Labels #10


For my last label, I had to include something from Burnley. It wasn’t far from where I lived in the 1980s and 1990s. Firstly it is from the Burnley Cubs Brewery, and I have always had a liking for breweries that existed to serve the clubs trade and the working people of the town, secondly I have few square labels in this orientation and thirdly it gives me  a chance to mention the finest football match I have ever seen. February 1999. Burnley 0 Gillingham 5. All five scored by Super Bobby Taylor, soon to be off to Manchester City.

Burnley Clubs 2

Still on a mission to remedy the lack of examples of labels from Sussex. Here are a pair from Tamplin and Sons Ltd, the Brighton brewers. In previous discussions with knowledgeable brewery researchers it was felt that differences like this were used to identify different printers for quality control purposes.


Desert Island Beer Labels #9

I moved to Manchester in 1965. One of the pubs visited regularly was the Lower Turks Head in Withy Grove. For many years I didn’t know what the MB above the door was all about, only later did I learn about the Manchester Brewery Company and its place in the history of brewing in the City. Much later came the label. How could anyone resist their silver vatted ales. Lovely design and for me, a move away from the traditional oval designs.

Manchester Brewery

Desert Island Beer Labels #8

In the 1970s I played a lot of chess. We had a pub team at the Albert Inn in Rusholme. There were a couple of really good players, but I managed to get game most weeks. We played a team in Ashton under Lyne, the only other pub team in the League, on a regular basis and they played in a former Gartsides pub, the Theatre Tavern, which still had the tiled walls and signage. I have always liked the Gartside labels, this is the only one I have, which doesn’t appear anywhere else on the website.

Gartside 2

I have found it. Sussex is in the bottom right hand corner of the map of the British Isles. Next to the Garden of England. It was there all the time. As a start here are two variations of Beard’s Strong Brown Ale. The label on the left was in use in the early 1930s and the one on the right, possibly introduced before the war, but certainly in use in the 1940s.Beard

Very kindly sent in by Steve M. We really do appreciate the contributions and feedback. Thank you. Here are two variants of their Old Crony, which I guess was a fairly strong Ale.  And this is not one of those differences where more ink gets on to the label. I wonder if anyone out there has any idea of the dates these labels were in use.