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I must have seen both these Heavy Bitter Ale labels dozens of times. Either the example that has been in my collection for over 30 years or in other peoples collections or on the internet. Today, for the first time I saw these two together and realised. Wow they are so different.

Two today from Adnams Sole Bay Brewery in Southwold. An excuse to let you all know that Adnams are our newest Corporate member and we are beginning to add labels both on the top level and in our Gallery.

Two delightful labels today, a big thank you to Eric for sending these in. It’s is not difficult to see the differences in this pair from Truswell’s Brewery, but my guess is that the label on the left is the earlier. I am not sure why I think that, anybody else with a view?

Yesterday was one of the best attended, liveliest and seriously interesting meetings for label collectors in London for a long time. The auction of labels from Des Clarke’s collection raised a substantial 4 figure sum and early examination of the latest acquisition by the society caused many a ripple of excitement. I am always pleased to discover a small variation that I was previously unaware of, so here are two XXX Ale labels from Lacon’s of Great Yarmouth and I guess you could pick them both up for a pound.

A pair of labels here from the Coldstream Brewery in Border country. A difference I was unaware of until I received the images from one of our members (thanks Nick). We usually associate thinner or smaller labels with wartime restrictions on the amount of paper used, but this seems rather minimal.

For those who have not picked up on it yet, labels from the Kingsdown Brewery in Swindon have been added to our featured brewery section and are now corporate members. Here are a pair of Stout labels from soon after they established a bottling line in 1938. This is a slight change of emphasis from our usual posts of relatively common labels which may otherwise go unnoticed; I suspect both of these are quite scarce.

Last blog post before I set off for Swindon. Not only two completely different versions of the Nut Brown but both the pint, 82mm tall and half pint 68mm tall, labels for just one of the variations. You know what the question is: does anyone know if there is a half pint version of the label on the left?


The scan does accentuate the colour differences here, but it was not that that alerted me to the existence of the two Extra Stout labels from Campbell Praed of Wellingborough. My guess is that the label on the left is the earlier of the two, but I could be wrong. It will be added to the gallery of labels from Campbell Praed which can be found HERE

A thank you to another of our contributors for this pair of Sobright, which I believe to be a Pale Ale, labels from Border breweries of Wrexham. There are some quite subtle differences here and we think there will be a few people out there looking through both their collection and their spares box.


On Saturday in the Brunswick, Derby, while looking through an album of Hampshire labels which one of our members had brought along, amongst the magnificent labels which many of us will never have in our collections I saw a pair of Imperial Pale Ale labels from the Victory Brewery. Now they are much more accessible and after a quick search through my spares, I found the example on the left. Another label added to the collection for over a thousand pounds less than a Flint of Canterbury label.

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