The latest Society Newsletter has Part 2 of the excellent article by Keith Osborne on the history of Milk Stout. As well as numerous illustrations, it contained a definitive list of known Milk Stout labels. No sooner was it published but another came to light. Taken from advertising material, here is the label from Waller’s Bradford Brewery. Could there be the actual label in someone’s collection?
We thought you might like to see these, and it may whet your appetite for a taste sometime in the future.
Thanks to Eric, we now have a potted history for the blog, which will form part of a longer article in the Society Newsletter later in the year.
A couple of days ago we asked if anyone knew anything about this label. Thanks to Keith and Geoff, we do. We reprint the excerpt from the Pall Mall Gazette 1897 below.
From the Pall Mall Gazette. 12 May 1897
……”The question has been asked why Mr James Bailey and the other two directors of Harrods Stores, who are promoting The Auxiliary Stores (Limited), secured the well-known business until recently belonging to Messrs. Richard Grice and Son, of High-street, Clapham, S.W., and did not secure at the same time the much older established grocery and wine business at 15, Gloucester-road, South Kensington, S.W., of Mr Richard Grice, the senior partner in the Clapham firm. The large price of £42,500, plus £6,390 for stock-in-trade, to be paid by the company for the Clapham business might, it is thought, have included also the Gloucester-road business and yet has left something for the promoters, “who are selling at a profit.” As matters stand, if the hopes of the promoters as expressed in the prospectus are fulfilled, there will be a friendly working arrangement between Richard Grice and Son, of Clapham, and Harrod’s Stores, while between Harrod’s Stores in the Brompton-road and Mr Richard Grice of Gloucester-road, Brompton, there will be, as hitherto, active competition. It may, perhaps, be the case that Mr Grice, who took much interest in Mr Bailey’s hotel when it was started, was not disposed to sell his Gloucester-road business to directors of Harrod’s Stores or, more probably, Mr Bailey, as a director of Spiers and Pond (Limited), to which company he sold his hotel, did not think it well to set up a branch store in alliance with Harrod’s Stores so close to the hotel and its wine business belonging to Spiers and Pond.”
Thank you to Keith who provided this: Richard Grice was listed as a grocer and wine merchant at 15 Gloucester Road, SW in 1899.
106 and 108 High Street, Clapham was occupied by The Auxilary Stores Ltd in 1901
An alphabetical list of new label issues as from April 2021 have been added.
You can see it HERE
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.
This is now live. Go look!!! On the menu bar!!
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.