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Tipplefair 2018

After much discussion and overcoming several problems, not the least of which was the pub roof falling in, the British Brewery Playing Card Society will be organising the Tipplefair this year. It will still be held in its regular home, Peterborough, but on an earlier date than last year,  and at a different venue, i.e. the Heron Pub, Southfields Drive, Stanground, Peterborough, PE2 8QB on Sunday 3rd June, 2018. Stallholders 10:00am, collectors 11:00am, admission, £2. Free entry after 1 pm. See the website for the latest info.


Offered for sale will probably be the largest selection of drink related memorabilia; (beer, brewery, whisky, spirits, cola etc. glasses, playing cards, ashtrays, labels, mirrors etc.) In addition Mike Peterson of the Association of British Brewery Collectibles will be offering a free appraisal and valuation service. Some tables are still available (from £15). To book call Maxine on 0750 629 6801 or email for more details.

A first I thought this was just another of those slightly different colour pairs, but these Strong Ale labels from Alloa contain a myriad of tiny differences. We could have used this in a competition to see who can find the most. Let’s get a few responses in this time.

May the 4th be with you; part 2

We have tried really hard on the Chewbacca Porter but sadly it has been discontinued. It may not even have been available in bottle. Sorry Wookies World. The best we can do is this………..  unless you know different.

Where –  at the upper room of the Royal Oak, a Harvey’s of Lewes pub, 44 Tabard Street, London, SE1 4JU

When – Saturday July 28th starting at 12 noon

How do I get there – Nearest Underground Station – Borough on the Northern Line

What shall I drink – A wide range of Harvey’s beers are generally available, including the Sussex 3% XX Mild and the 3.5% Pale.

Can I get something to eat – A wide range of food is also available including sandwiches & Borough Market is close by.

Members of the BHS, PHS and the ABBC are especially welcome to join us, for  a chat about all things beer (especially beer labels).

Breweriana to sell or you just want to know more about Great Uncle Stan’s pride & joy?

Bring it to the Royal Oak and turn it into cash or at least find out what it may be worth.!

Old UK beer labels fetch good prices at our meetings, you might be pleasantly surprised.

There will be an auction of beer labels from the Des Clarke Collection during the meeting, but bidding on these labels is only open to members of the Labologist’s Society.

We look forward to seeing you on the 28th July

This is how the programme for the day looks so far. The meeting will take place in the Function Room of the Brewery Visitor Centre.

12.30pm to 1.30pm approx. – AGM (with an official welcome at 12.30pm)

1.45pm to 2.30pm – Label Auction

2.30pm to 3.30pm – Brewery Tour (concentrating on the history of the brewery)

3.30pm to 4.30pm – Buffet in the Brewery Visitor Centre

At 4.30pm it will be necessary for us all to move to the bar area

Those who prefer not to do the tour would be welcome to go to the bar instead once the auction is over.

 Beer, soft drinks and the buffet are being provided courtesy of the host brewery. We are told that the food provided will consist of the following

Assorted thick cut, generously filled sandwiches
Homemade individual savoury tartlets
Herby potato wedges with tomato ketchup
Homemade Spitfire sausage rolls with ale mustard
Garlic and thyme marinated chicken wings

To walk from the station to the brewery takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Alight at Faversham Station. Cross the road, bearing left and turn right into Preston Street. Walk to the bottom of road through the pedestrian area. Turn left into East Street then right through the Square into Court Street. The Brewery is on your left.

Train services to Faversham from London (Victoria) and London St Pancras International, are provided by Southeastern Trains.

There are no car parking facilities at the Brewery – but there is a pay and display car park in Partridge Lane, which runs down the side of the Visitor Centre.

There is also a large Tesco’s car park across the road, but there may well be a time limit on parking there.

Any queries to our Meetings Secretary, Eric Doré.  A location map including the brewery and all local car parks can be obtained from Eric if you need one. There is no need to book and no booking fees etc to pay.  Please just turn up on the day and come to the Visitor Centre, 11 Court Street, on the corner of Partridge Lane and Court Street.


Meeting This Saturday

Just a quick reminder that our Spring meeting is this Saturday in Peterborough. Kick off midday.

There will be a further auction of labels from  the Des Clarke collection. The pics have appeared on the blog already.

This link will take you there for a reminder

Just to remind you the pub looks like this

Brewery Tap Peterborough


Nalder & Collyer items

We received the following enquiry yesterday & I said that we would add to the blog.

Hello, I am interested in trying to find genuine pieces with the name
Nalder printed on, I have looked around the web and would like to know
if any of your members have any or know where I can buy such items.
Thanks in advance,

Jason Nalder

When I replied I did advise that these labels are fairly uncommon & can be expensive.

However if you should wish to get in touch with Jason, zapp me a quick message to members@

Thanks in advance

Pete S

Today’s pair are the result of a speculative bid at a recent auction because there was no interest in the three labels offered. It even took a couple of days before I looked at the labels to find the larger example appeared to be different from the one already in the collection and not just the depth of colour. I do like it when this happens.

Another post with a twin purpose. Thanks to Nick once again, for providing the images for this post and for additions to the featured brewery upload.

It took me a while to sort the difference between these two Vale of Neath Mild Ale labels apart from the slight colour variation. Obvious once you see it.

The images from Evan Evans Bevan Ltd can be found HERE