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Advent Calendar Day 22

Back to the present today. The big driver for the popularity of Holiday, Christmas or Winter beers has been marketing. Some breweries have gone to great lengths to create an attractive, recognisable product. One of the best has to be the Bad Elf series from Ridgeway Brewing.


Advent Calendar Day 21

The Ind Coope Burton labels were really well received. And Keith kindly sent a set of Romford images, so we have decided to set aside the Anchor Brewery Christmas and New Year labels and feature the Romford labels now. Hope you enjoy them and although the designs are not as green as the Anchor labels, we think you may be.


Advent Calendar Day 20

Today is a homage to Ind Coope. In the sixties and seventies, few self respecting drinkers would dare to speak it’s name, unless they were lucky enough to be in a pub that sold Burton Ale. Now that was good. Here are four labels with a total age greater than 400. How could a brewery which had built up that sort of export market, have been bankrupt or close to bankrupt on at least 2 occasions. Now, of course, we can just admire their labels.

Advent Calendar Day 19

Just about managed to catch up. Four brews. Two very different Winter Warmers, a Winter Stout, which I wish I had a stash of, and a Winter Lager, which I don’t understand.

Advent Calendar Day 18

Oops, yesterday was going so well, I forgot to post day 18. It is the green post. Why green? We will leave it to you to figure out. Four early labels that most of you will have seen a hundred times before.

Advent Calendar Day 17

We did feature this label on the advent calendar two years ago, and it did provoke an amusing response from a small number of knowledgeable drinkers. The question we asked then was, what’s  the next line? after ‘If you go chasing rabbits…..’ so we will ask again. Will there be as good a response this year? For those of you still wondering where we were, published on October 27th this is a clue.

Advent Calendar Day 16

Good response to yesterday’s selection, so I thought I would continue in much the same vein. So six Christmas issues for you today. Not all available on the shelves of your local monstromarket. Somehow this wouldn’t publish yesterday, so a day behind again.

Advent Calendar Day 15

For today we hark back to the first theme on this site, which proved very popular. We received a number of comments (that’s good) and we were sent a few images to include. So for day 15 here is a further selection of railway themed labels.

Advent Calendar Day 14

There was a lot of interest in the early Greene King label which featured on day 8 of the advent calendar. Several people commented verbally and I am sure they would have added a comment to the blog if we hadn’t had that conversation. So with a little help from Keith and Mike, I thought you would appreciate another post from Bury St Edmunds, except this time the comment is ‘What no King?’



Advent Calendar Day 13

The theme for today is red. Examples from each side of the Atlantic Ocean. Recent and from the 1930s.


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