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Unusual to feature a label from Watney on here, but this pair does raise a few questions. Is this a Combes label? The trade mark is certainly pre merger, but the whole label design says Watney. We could have put this in the mystery label section. Your thoughts would be appreciated.

A first I thought this was just another of those slightly different colour pairs, but these Strong Ale labels from Alloa contain a myriad of tiny differences. We could have used this in a competition to see who can find the most. Let’s get a few responses in this time.

Today’s pair are the result of a speculative bid at a recent auction because there was no interest in the three labels offered. It even took a couple of days before I looked at the labels to find the larger example appeared to be different from the one already in the collection and not just the depth of colour. I do like it when this happens.

Another post with a twin purpose. Thanks to Nick once again, for providing the images for this post and for additions to the featured brewery upload.

It took me a while to sort the difference between these two Vale of Neath Mild Ale labels apart from the slight colour variation. Obvious once you see it.

The images from Evan Evans Bevan Ltd can be found HERE

Two purposes again today. First and it is a tough one this; are there enough differences between these two Oatmeal Stout labels to justify the inclusion of both labels in a collection?

Secondly; we have added labels from John Baxter’s Glen Top Brewery in Waterfoot to our featured brewery section. You can find the images HERE

Two purposes here. One is to let you know that a number of labels from Burt’s Ventnor Brewery have been uploaded to the Featured Brewery section of the website. You can find them HERE

And where does this pair of Burt’s Pale Ale labels fit into the ‘Differences’ discussion. I say discussion, because more than one person has contributed. It would indeed be useful if more members made their views known.


I think Eric has raised an important point here and it would be very interesting to hear others point of view. To help us clarify our thoughts, which of Eric’s categories does this pair of Black Bess Stout labels fit into. Best thing was Geoff bought one of the labels because he wanted the stopper label which went with it and only realised he had a variation of the main label as well, when he opened the packet.

Yet another difference that was previously unknown to me until the label on the left arrived in the post this week. The John Peel XXX Export Ale has been in my collection for a long time and every time I examine the ‘new’ addition, I see another difference. Another lovely addition to the collection.

Sorry to return to Greenall Whitley, but arising from the same email exchange with agm, I noticed another pair with a number of detail differences. Here are a pair of Brown Ale labels, not considered very desirable, but how many collectors out there have both of these?

Thanks to Pete for providing us with the images for this pair of Golden Hop Pale Dinner Ale labels from Alton Court Brewery in Ross-on-Wye. There can’t be many beers from the 1930s which had a 5 word name. I guess there will be several collectors on the lookout for the missing label for their collections.