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Possibly the first labels we have featured from the Ashwell Brewery; this pair of Special Brown Ale labels needs little introduction and we are unlikely to find a reason for the variation.

I know we only featured a pair of Pale Ale labels from the South London Brewery quite recently, but I have just stumbled across this pair. Same beer but I guess slightly later examples. I can’t even begin to guess what might have prompted this very minor change.

I have to admit, this is another pair that I didn’t know existed. Another thank you to Nick for sending the images in. If only more members had the time and energy to send in their ‘finds’. The question these two Strong Ale labels raises is: ‘ why? ‘

The thing that I love abut ‘Spot the Difference’ is the times one of our members sends in images of labels with a difference that I hadn’t seen before. I have received a couple recently from Nick and here is the second. A label I would be unlikely to look at twice, except now I know what I am looking for. If it wasn’t for the fact that it should be the same colour as much of the rest of the label, I would assume they just forgot that colour.

Now we do not normally advertise events outside of our sphere of interest. However this is a worthy cause.

Anyone who knows Miles Jenner, will appreciate that he is without doubt an entertaining host. Miles has an alter ego who entertains.

We have been aware of this for some time & his entertaining has received well deserved critical acclaim. So you now have  the chance to experience this first hand.

So below is the text of an email from Miles together with a poster for the event. If you are able to support this please do. If not share on your social media.

Please forgive this unsolicited approach which, for once, has nothing to do with brewing, hops or the drinks industry.

Everyone needs a distraction from the pressures of running a brewery and mine has always been arts based. I am currently touring a new musical play which we premiered in pub theatre at Eastbourne last year. We then took it to the Brighton Fringe as well as venues Nottingham, South London and Sussex. This year we recently played at the Bury St Edmunds Fringe and are poised to do our next performance in Kent at Benenden on Sunday 12th May at 3.30. A poster image is attached.

I was hoping that you might be able to spread the word to friends and colleagues in Kent via whatever social media tools are available to you. We are performing at the Village Hall, alongside the Bull Inn – where some fine beers are available, including Larkins and our own.

It is a light hearted show that tells the life story of the music hall comedian Billy Merson (1881-1947) and the text is interspersed with sixteen of his comic songs. Music Halls originated in Public Houses, so there is a connection (!)

Full details can be found on our website which includes a short promotional video as well as booking links.

The show lasts for two hours and five minutes, including a twenty minute interval, and we have chosen a performance time that makes travelling easier. There are excellent car parks adjoining. Tickets are £10 (Concessions £8).

Interval catering has been organised by, and is in aid of, Hospice in the Weald and I am desperately trying to ensure that we have a worthwhile audience for them.

South East Today have asked to do a piece on my double life, highlighting Sunday’s performance, which is due to go out on Friday. Hopefully, this will generate a bit of interest but if a major story looms it could come to nothing and I am very much in nothing ventured nothing gained mode!

Obviously, it would be great if any of you were free and felt sufficiently inspired to come along but I appreciate it is short notice and not to everyone’s taste. I would be so grateful if you could spread the word, regardless.

With many thanks and best wishes,


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As already announced, the 2019 AGM will take place at Harvey’s on 8 June.

The formal meeting will take place in the upstairs Dining Room of the John Harvey Tavern, Bear Lane, off Cliffe High Street, opposite Harvey’s Bridge Wharf Brewery, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2AH.

There will also be plenty of opportunity for socializing, exchanging labels and consuming beer from the excellent Harvey’s range. A sandwich lunch and beer is being provided courtesy of the host brewery so please come along and enjoy the day.

The provisional timetable for the AGM is as follows

12.30pm to 1.30pm approx. – AGM – with official welcome from Miles Jenner at 12.30pm

1.30pm to 2.30pm – Lunch and socializing, etc.

2.30pm to 3.30pm – Label Auction

3.30pm – Relax, drink, short brewery tour with Miles.

Lewes Station (with regular train services from London Victoria) is a short walk from the brewery.

Car parking is not available at the brewery but there are two car parks close by.

As we always say, please do not drink and drive!

We are hoping to produce an illustrated booklet on the history of Harvey’s which will be available exclusively to those attending the AGM.

We have also hope that the current set of bottle labels to be available.

There will be a further opportunity to add to your label collection. As mentioned above, there will be an auction of older labels, but there will also be labels available to buy at bargain prices, from £1 a page. These are from a collection recently acquired by the Society. So, don’t miss out!

All in all, something for everyone so please come along and enjoy the day!

Bookings not required – and no fees to pay.

Members & Guests Only

See you there, we hope

The question ‘Has it been trimmed?’ was much more relevant for this pair of Brown Ale labels from the City Brewery, Exeter because, as far as I know, it is the only perfectly rectangular label they produced; unless you know differently. Careful measurement has ensured we know it is not a trimmed version of the usual label.

Many collectors have worried about the exact differences between rounded corners and right angled corners. After all it is possible to accurately trim a rounded corner labels to appear to be quite different. This pair of Angus Pale labels from Dundee are genuine differences, there are a number of pairs in existence and precise location of one on top of the other reveals that it is impossible to trim the rounded corners to form the other label. Thanks to Nick for sending in the images.


I love this pair. Sadly, it is not part of my collecting era, but it doesn’t stop me appreciating the difference between these two Bitter Ale labels from Wales. Thanks to Eric for sending the images, at first I thought it was just a deeper blue with identical font and design, but then I saw it!!

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