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It was way back when we last featured labels from the Aston Model Brewery. The Nut Brown Ale was #11 and now 180 posts later, a pair of Star-Bright Ale labels. Thanks go to Eric who alerted me to their existence and sent the images. These two are very similar and would go unrecognised on their own, but together it is possible to see a number of key differences, most of them because someone decided to play about with the kerning.

It is always a treat to see labels appear for sale, which look exactly like labels I already have in my collection, but on closer inspection prove to be slightly different. I can see no differences in the design of these Fern Vale Brewery Special Pale Ale labels, but someone obviously thought, lets change the border.

Two reasons for this post, firstly I quite like to highlight little differences, especially when I gather there were several people who didn’t notice the Barnsley Old Tom label in the recent Society Sale. It did feature as Spot the Difference #23, but that was quite a while ago, you can catch up HERE. This pair from Simonds of Reading cropped up as I was sorting labels for the next sale.

Secondly, all labels from the Spring Sale which were communicated by email will be mailed out tomorrow. SAE offers will be sent out as well, with details of success, but snail mail takes a lot more time and effort to get sorted.

A pair of Export Ale labels from Thomas Usher’s Park Brewery. And as luck would have it, both are available in the 3rd Scottish labels sale, which have just been added to the website. They are HERE

Spot the Difference #188; Wm. Murray & CO

Following on from the pair of different sized Wee Murray labels, an online conversation with interested collectors has tempted me to post this pair of Pale Ale labels. I believe these are fairly early examples, before WW2, but the question they raise is: are these different labels, or is there just a bit more ink used on one of them? Not revealing which one though. Sadly comments are still invisible on the website, but I can still read them and I would like to know your thoughts.

A big thank you to Steve for sending in these two images from Bateman’s Salem Bridge Brewery. I have almost certainly seen both labels before, but one of them is not represented in my collection. That’s another search through my spares that will have to happen.

The Redruth Brewery Co. was taken over by J.A. Devenish of Weymouth in 1934 and officially the name was changed to Devenish Redruth Brewery Co. Ltd. However, on many of their labels, both the Devenish name and the Redruth Brewery Co., was used. I believe that Green Top was originally brewed at Redruth and after 1934, brewed at both sites. It must have been a popular brew, because it was continued after the 1960 merger with Groves & Sons, which was next door to the Devenish Brewery.

James Calder of Alloa; more of the herd

So you’ve asked to see more of the Calder herd of cows; so here are three more, including one of the bulls, which of course, is used to illustrate the Scotch Stout. Maybe because it couldn’t produce the necessary ingredient for Milk Stout. Many thanks to Nick who sent in images and may have spawned a series.

The Milk Stout design trade mark was registered in 1933, when Calder’s beers were brewed by Archibald Arrol & Sons, who brewed close by. A number of different cows were used as models, here are three of them.

These two have appeared on a popular online auction site in the last couple of weeks. The first to appear attracted a number of views and several bidders. There was no interest in the second one. What does this tell you?

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