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How much did that cost? #17

This one will attract a bit of interest. Two examples from the Leeds City Brewery. It would appear that the Nut Brown was a stronger beer than the Special. Unless they were from completely different times, which is unlikely. Thanks to Keith who kindly sent in the images and ensured that this post overtook others in the queue.

Site Update 2

We have had a couple of requests to add a link in to a few sections.

George Shaw labels are HERE

Pre-Prohibition labels are HERE

Post-Prohibition labels are HERE

Brewers in Lancashire are HERE


Site Update

Apologies for the lack of labels with prices, that will resume in a couple of days. We have been adding labels steadily over the last few months and it’s time to give you an update. Thanks to a number of members, Keith and Mike to name just two and John for some of the US additions.

Brewers in Scotland. The main addition has been modern labels. I think we need your views on this as it is a big change in focus for the website and it will take considerable work.

George Shaw and Co, Leigh. A set of images, many of which were captured on a phone. We would appreciate a set of clearer images.

Brewers in Lancashire. A number of previously unrepresented breweries.

Pre-Prohibition labels from the USA. Some really attractive labels here.

Post Prohibition labels from the US. A large number added here.

Plus there are one or two in lots of other breweries, Richdale, Lacon and Mason come to mind.

Following Edd’s comment on the similarity between the drinking man on the Mew Langton and Uncle Tom’s Cabin labels, Keith kindly sent in a label from H E Thornley of Leamington Spa, which appears to portray another member of the family. We thought you might like to see all three together.

How much did that cost? #16

A question for you today. Clearly the label from Joseph Johnson’s Westoe Brewery indicates the bottle contained Sixpenny Mild Ale. However is the Sixpence just a name, presumably a sign of quality, or is it the price of the quart, pint or half pint of Mild? Sixpence would seem a low price for a pint of Mild in the 1930s, which is our estimate of the date. What do you think?

Spring Meeting 28th April

Our Spring meeting will be on Saturday 28th April & once again will be held at The Brewery Tap, 80 Westgate, Peterborough PE1 2AA.

Oakham Brewery ales to enjoy and good food. A nice venue & less than 5 minutes from Peterborough rail station.

There will be a further auction of labels from the Des Clarke collection. More details nearer the time.

So please make a note on the calendar, in your diary or on the wall by the back door! Look forward to seeing you there!

London Meeting 27th January

As usual we will be holding our Winter meet at the Royal Oak, Tabard Street, London. Hopefully a good crowd will turn out to sample the excellent Harveys ales and to meet up with fellow collectors.

Of course we shall be having another auction of labels from the Des Clarke collection, images of the labels on offer appear below.


























How much did that cost? #15

Sadly the number of responses to the last post could easily be counted on the fingers of a person whose hands had been amputated. So I thought today needs to feature a label I have not seen before except on the cover of that wonderful publication ‘A Scrapbook of Greenall Whitley’. So I do know who issued it.. Here the penny is the deposit on the bottle. An early example of recycling. And my guess is that this label was issued before 1919.

Meeting Dates for 2018

Members Meeting: 12 noon,Saturday 27th January Venue: Royal Oak, 44 Tabard St, London SE1 4JU

Spring Meeting: Date TBA Venue: TBA

Committee Meeting: 12 noon, Saturday 12th May Venue: The Doric Arch, Euston Station, London

AGM: 12 noon Saturday 9th June Venue: Shepherd Neame Ltd, 17 Court St, Faversham ME13 7AX

LOTY Judging Meeting: Date TBA Venue: TBA

LOTY 35th Annual Charity Meeting: Date TBA Venue: TBA

It certainly cost 7d and I am guessing that would have got you a pint of Bitter Beer. But who brewed it? Surely someone recognises the design at the top and we know we have seen the motif at either side of 7d before, but where? It almost looks as though there should be a brewers name in a semi-circle round the top of the label that got missed off the printing.

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