As many of our regular visitors & contributors will be aware, your comments are no longer displaying as expected. We are aware of this & working overcome the problem.
Thus far it appears that a recent upgrade to WordPress, that no longer supports certain elements of the version of PHP we are running, may well be the reason.
In the next day or so as time allows we shall attempt to resolve the issue or issues. It may be that the current incarnation of our site is ‘life expired’. We had intended to have a new version complete & running by now. However the dreaded virus has prevented our existing electronic elf from doing this.
The 2nd set of Scottish label sales will finish sometime next week. The 3rd set will then appear. However, due to unprecedented demand these five labels have now sold out. There are only small numbers of some of the others. Get in now!
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.
The Wee Murray Pale Ale label from the Craigmillar Brewery in Edinburgh is not particularly scarce, but how many collectors are aware of a second smaller example, probably for a half pint bottle. I suspect the reason I have posted this is to be able to wonder why they didn’t call the half pint bottle Wee Wee Murray
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.
It is 6 weeks since the last significant order was received for Scottish Labels. In that time the page has been viewed over 50 times, so if you are a member of the Society and wish to order, now is the time. We will take the current set of images down in the next week or so and replace with another set of Scottish labels for sale. The labels currently for sale will then be offered to all through our eBay listings.
Labels have been added to the site from Phillips & Sons of the Dock Road Brewery in Newport. You can find them HERE.
Finally the frustration of access to the members forum will be no more, it is time to remove it from the menu bar.
The 14th January blog post of The Home Brewery Jersey has been updated. My extensive research didn’t include the one publication which would have explained everything. A History of Jersey Breweries by Keith Osborne
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.
Closely following the original label design from Mackeson, this label from the Home Brewery in Jersey will probably be unfamiliar to many of our followers and members. Apparently bottled by Kine’s Brewery, but the label does not state brewed and bottled, which was very common at that time. Kine’s Brewery Co Ltd was registered in 1909, failed in 1912 and was reconstituted as Kine’s Brewery (1912) Ltd. and was then known as The Home Brewery, presumably to hark back to the past and also to point to the future. Sadly it didn’t last.
Another label that is completely new to me, and it has an appropriately coloured border. As well as these 10oz Pure diary milk posts, Keith’s booklet on Milk Stout has enabled us to add labels to a number of featured breweries. So Milk Stout labels have been added to: