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Spot the Difference #163; The Crystal Brewery

No-one could possibly describe me as a cynic, except possibly when discussing the promises of government politicians for the last ten years, but I do have suspicions about the Crystal Brewery. Surely a bottler wouldn’t make up a brewery as a marketing ploy, that’s a 21st century action, isn’t it?

Proof Read Fail

Needs no comment from me really, although you are all OK to do so.

In case you don’t read your emails or you have seriously upset your postie, then here are images of the labels for the auction on Saturday 7th September.

As you know we accept commission bids from MEMBERS ONLY. Send your bids to

A nice selection I am sure you will agree. We look forward to seeing you in Aylesbury

Mystery Label #31

We have been asked about this label. The usual searches are no help; could it be that it is another of those labels from Belgium that are intended to create the illusion that the beer is from the UK?

Spot the Difference #162; W.J.Rogers Ltd

Two labels from Rogers of Bristol that may be new to many of you. A substantial selection is now available to view HERE A big thank you to Keith for providing many of the images

However, viewing this page comes with a warning, it may provoke feelings of despondency or even despair.

Caveat Emptor – Buyer Beware!

We have had rather sad advice regarding a collector/seller in Australia.

We received the following letter from one of our members.

We have removed  identifying details, but none the less be aware that this may happen to any of us.

Sadly as many of you will be aware, this is not confined to the southern hemisphere.

We have received many reports of similar or worse behavior here in the UK.


London Meeting 27th July

OK so it’s been a while since we dragged the keyboard out. But, hey we have work, exams, holidays & seasonal viruses to contend with.

Not to mention the really important things in life.

You all are just chilling with a beer or three, enjoying our wonderful summer. (Well maybe just the beer then)

So we have our summer meeting with the guys from ABBC at the Royal Oak in Borough.

Once again there will be an auction for members only to take part in. Just one of the benefits of becoming a member of the Society.

To whet your appetite, images of what’s up for grabs appear below. Remember we do now accept commission bids from our members.

You will have received an email regarding this, if you are up to date with your subs!!



There may even be a surprise lot or two, for the benefit of those who are present on the day.

Nothing too rare, honestly


Finally found some time to add labels from J. W. Lees, our latest corporate members to the site. To lure you in, here are a pair of Light Ale labels from the 1960s with a very slight difference in the shades of red, blue and yellow, and also the lettering. 

Welcome to J W Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd

As you will already know if you were at the recent AGM. We are delighted to welcome J W Lees, to the Society as our latest Corporate Member.

A brief history & some example labels will appear on the relevant menu in the near future. I dare say Peter has plans for more label images to appear as soon as time allows.

Time has finally allowed, although still work in progress.

After the Society AGM at Harvey’s Brewery in Lewes, there will be a brief report both here and in the Newsletter. Meanwhile the auction provided another previously unrecorded pair of Sandow Strong labels. I appreciate the price paid was probably in excess of what a sane person would have paid, but you can’t take it with you. Both labels are 1930s or earlier and I suspect the label on the left is the older. But when?

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