It is just great when you get a response from the membership. Today’s post of three Special Export Ale labels from T & J Bernard of Edinburgh is a collaborative effort, inspired by Alan and the images were sent in by Bernard, thank you to them. It would be interesting to know the thinking behind the three variants.
The second in the queue, this time from Geoff, is from the beautiful Donnington Brewery in rural Cotswold country. A very apt post because the Society will be visiting the brewery on 13th April. This pair date from the time when Herbert Arkell was managing the brewery and probably from before the 2nd world war. I have to admit, it is difficult to determine which is the earlier, maybe we can find out soon.
For the first time since we began the website in 2013, I actually have a queue of items sent in by members for the blog spot. If this keeps up, I may not need to keep going through my albums in search of new posts. Today’s pair is from Jenner’s South London Brewery. Two different patterns of their Pale Ale. A new variation to me, thanks to Nick for this.
I have always assumed the top label was an early label produced by Guinness themselves until I was sent the bottom label which probably wasn’t from Guinness themselves. Does anyone know who the bottlers were? The Pilsener label was printed in Glasgow.
The Society has started to sell its surplus labels through eBay. We recently purchased a very large collection of labels, and there is no possibility that the members of our Society will purchase every label in that collection. As our membership will know, our constitution requires that any labels held by the Society must be offered to the membership first, so all labels on offer will be the unsold items from postal, online or meeting auctions. Starting price will always be 99p so there will be bargains, especially if you forgot to bid in the previous auctions. This way of widening the knowledge of beer label collecting and the Society can only benefit both ourselves and the wider collecting community, especially since we are aware that some peoples computer skills don’t extend much beyond find a label, type a number, click submit.
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.