Anyone who took the time to venture into central London, for our joint winter meeting with the guys from ABBC, will no doubt have enjoyed the afternoon, the company & the Harveys ales. Some twenty people turned up, mainly from the South East. However the furthest travelled, were from Yorkshire & Staffordshire. We also were delighted to welcome 2 surprise guests,who discovered the date of the meeting via the good old interweb! One who, had he not now resided in London, would have walked away with furthest travelled title, was Mathias from Germany. He collects crown caps and was delighted to find that one of the ABBC guys also collects these, so exchanges were arranged. Our other surprise visitor collects Toby jugs, not any old Toby though. Just those produced for Hoare & Co. & Charringtons. He is keen to add to his collection, so should you have any that are surplus to your requirements or indeed know of any, which might be available to a new home. Let us know via the ‘Getting in Touch’ page and we will put you in touch. Elsewhere there was healthy exchanges of labels, bottles, gossip & news. Personally it was great to catch up with people, whom I have not seen for a good while and to learn their news over a few pints of the excellent Old Ale.
If you missed this meeting, well there will be another this time next year. Of course if you cannot wait that long, keep your eye on these pages for details of our Spring meeting. This is likely to be somewhere in the Midlands in March.
To celebrate passing the 55,000 visitor mark on our website & finally passing 300 followers on Twitter (other social media sites are available). We thought Andy & his mate, ought to move back to top of the blog page.
So thank you to all of our visitors, old, new and those yet to find us. Whilst we are in the mood, thank you to all of our Twitter followers, especially the new ones. Finally a very big thank you to all of you who have (& hopefully will continue to) contributed to the content of this site. We welcome more images, the rarer the better. Just scan individually, save as jpegs or pngs & email to our webmaster via our ‘Getting in Touch’ page
Just a final reminder to you all regarding the above. Full details can be found in post of 10th January. If you are traveling from Kent by train, there are buses betweenRainham & Rochester/Strood, depending on your route. If anyone else knows of any travel issues, please post as a reply to this. Thanks & hope to see you at the The Royal Oak, 44 TabardStreet, Borough.
We are delighted to have added a further 13 images to Arthur Guinness in ‘Featured Breweries’, the majority of these date to c 1910-20. Included are examples from bottlers such as, Ashe & Nephew, Ihlers & Bell, W E Johnson, W. Bovill and Machen. No doubt many of you will be feeling ‘sick as our talkative feathered friend’, after seeing these, join the club.
We have just added the above company to our ‘Featured Breweries’ pages. As usual if you are able to add any new label images to our site. Please scan them individually & save as jpeg or png files, then just forward to our webmaster via the ‘Getting in Touch’ page
Our fellow collectors in the Netherlands have added a highly detailed map of breweries in their country to the website. Breweries are identified by pushpins, clicking on the pin gives links to brewery name, town, labels overview, label images, brewery info (in Dutch), detailed location on Google Maps and a link to brewery website. You can find the map here www.brewerymap.bieretiketten.nl and we have added it to our ‘Links’ page as well. Well done guys, a brilliant addition to your site.
After many years of collecting & a number of years of development, Richard’s excellent website is now live. Check out www.brewerytrays.co.uk you will be amazed at the breadth of his collection. So just before you say to yourself, ‘Why should I bother, I collect labels’. Well, many trays have images of labels on and I bet there are going to be quite a few of you who a) don’t have them all in your collections & b) have never seen some of them before!! OK it may just be me, who has a poor collection, but this is a great resource for all with an interest in any facet of brewery history. Well done Richard, I for one will be spending some serious time browsing.
Oh yes, we have added a link to Richard’s website on our ‘Links’ page, should you forget to bookmark it.