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International Society of Label Collectors & British Brewery Research

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Fuller Smith & Turner, the UK brewer and pub group, is selling its entire beer business to Japan’s Asahi in a deal worth £250m, the company announced today. Fuller’s will offload all of its brewing, wholesaling and distribution operations, transforming the London-based brewer, which was founded in 1845, into purely an operator of pubs and hotels. Its shares rose 21 per cent on the announcement. Hundreds of thousands of beer drinkers began a state of mourning.

Label Cable #1

Hopefully most of you will now have found the first Label Cable in your inbox.

Or at least the link to allow you to have a swift ‘butchers’. We hope you like what you find.

If you have any comments or suggestions, please leave a reply to this post.

Should you have any input you would like to see in either the next Label Cable or Newsletter,

then we know Steve would love to hear from you.

You can get in touch via our ‘Contact Us’ page, we look forward to hearing from you

Kick Start 2019 LOTY Charity

The Society has a limited number of these labels from the wonderful Handyman’s Brewery in Liverpool. The first batch is only being bottled as you read this post. First come, first served by leaving a reply to this post, or sending an email. £5 will be good. They will be in London on Saturday at the Royal Oak.

Adnams PLC

We are delighted to announce that Adnams PLC, have chosen to join the Society as Corporate Members.

Images of their labels will be appearing on the site in the near future.

There may also be more exciting news in the offing, so keep your eyes & ears at the ready.

Brewers & Brewing in Gosport

For those of you who have an interest in brewing history, as well as historical labels, then you may well need to add this to your library.

Some 50 A4 pages including covers, well illustrated in both black & white and colour, with excellent maps.

We have only had a quick flick thru, but looks to be well worth the £6 inc p & p. Cheques & cash only I am afraid.

Label illustrations courtesy of Keith O & Mike J.

If you would like to acquire a copy then email: to check on availability & payment.

We are sure Philip will be delighted to hear from you

DC Label Auction at London Meeting

OK, perhaps you are not sure whether to make the trip to London on the 26th.

Even if the Harvey’s ales, good company & the nearby Borough Market, haven’t persuaded you.

Then perhaps some images of the labels up for grabs will twist your arm sufficiently.

Have a look below





That should have done the trick, we look forward to seeing you all for the first time in 2019.


Postal Auction

Just a reminder that the deadline to receive bids for the December postal auction is this coming Friday 11th January.

Best way to get your bids in is to email:  making sure you have the Lot number, your bid and don’t forget, your name and address.


Or you can send them by mail to the address in the pack.

Donnington Brewery


We are delighted to announce that the Society Spring Meeting will take place on Saturday April 13th in the Cotswolds.


The first part of the meeting will comprise a tour of Donnington Brewery probably regarded as the most picturesque brewery setting in the UK. After the tour (conducted by Mr Johnny Arkell) there will be a chance for some hospitality there before we move onto the Snowshill Arms at Snowshill for the second part of the meeting where we will have use of the skittle alley as a private function room!


Donnington Brewery has 17 beautiful Cotswold pubs (including the Snowshill Arms) and also supplies a number of free houses close by. So, a good place to visit! A Donnington Brewery pub is easily identified by the distinctive black and white signs outside, introduced by Claude Arkell, and the tradition has survived.


Close to the historic Snowshill Manor, which is open to the public, the Snowshill Arms lies in this very pretty village. This is a family-friendly, locals pub which also welcomes animals – they’re part of the family too. A large play area for the children and a lovely log fire in the winter offer enticements to visit all year round. Here locals mix comfortably with the many tourists visiting Snowshill Manor.


As there is a train from London arriving at Moreton in Marsh around 11am, we will start the tour of the brewery at 11.30, finish at 12.30pm and after some hospitality comprising a beer or two at the brewery, we leave for Snowshill at about 1pm. We would arrive at the Snowshill Arms before 1.30pm and leave about 4pm in time for those travelling by train to make their way back to Moreton for the London train at around 4.40pm (by the way, at the time of writing the train fare from London is just £6 each way before any discounts)


We anticipate that there will be an auction of older beer labels during the afternoon (auctions are open to Society members only) and other label sales. The bar at the Snowshill Arms will stay open until 4pm. Please order (and pay for) food and drinks individually. Donnington beers will of course be available there.


There is a limit of 25 persons taking the brewery tour and therefore we are asking members to book a place as soon as possible please. A booking form is below.  Please print out, fill in the detail and send to Eric. We have negotiated a reduced price for the tour of £10 per person payable on booking please. Members can book for a maximum of one guest. We will deal with bookings in the order in which they arrive and if places are fully booked we will not cash cheques for those who are not successful. Everyone would of course be welcome at the Snowshill Arms. If we do not fill up the places on the brewery tour by Monday February 4th we will open the list to members of other brewery-related societies

This is not a cut-off date for members of the Society but it is anticipated that this tour will attract interest from a wider group of people.

As you will see from the booking form, for those who are travelling to the meeting by train we are arranging a “taxi ticket” to include all three journeys involved. Again, first come first served so early bookings are advised please “to avoid disappointment” – and, as we always say, please do not drink and drive.


See you there!





I wish to book ____ places on the tour of Donnington Brewery on Saturday April 13th at £10 each (tour price)


I wish to book ____ taxi tickets for the journeys from Moreton railway station to Donnington Brewery, from there to the Snowshill Arms, and from there back to Moreton. Cost £12 each (limited availability)


I enclose a cheque, made payable to the Labologists Society, for £ ____


I am/am not a member of the Labologists Society


Name ______________________


Address _____________________________________________________________


Telephone _____________________________


Email Address_________________________________


Date _____________________________


Note – This information will not be stored on a computer


Please send to Eric Doré

Secretary, The Labologists Society,

86a Southwold Road

Wrentham, Beccles

NR34 7JF


Email address for enquiries


If you wish to speak to someone about the arrangements before booking, please send an email adding your contact telephone number. Thanks.



Members Winter Meeting – 26 January

Members Winter Meeting – 26 January, South London

If you want to acquire some more labels (and sample good food and excellent beer from Harveys of Lewes) then make a date to come to the Winter Meeting at the Royal Oak, Tabard Street, London (near Borough on the Northern Line)

We start at 12 noon. There will be a chance to socialize and then a further auction of older labels from the Des Clarke Collection

The Society has also recently acquired a collection of labels which we are starting to dispose of. The better labels (mainly from the 1950s era) will be auctioned over the next few months (look out for details being sent out with the printed Newsletter) but the more common and modern labels will be sold at £1 or £2 a page with a start being made at the Royal Oak meeting. Come along and get a bargain or two.

Advent Calendar Day 24

The problem with the Advent Calendar is that it is a constant reminder of how fast your life is moving. It only seems a few days ago that I was posting Day 1. Have a perfectly festive holiday.