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John W

# 1:   This is not going to be one of those long descriptions of where I was when I was 12 years old, then where I went to school. Not all of these labels are from my collection, and I will just add a bit about why I like each one. There is a connection with Somerset and the South of England generally; this is a great traditional design and those who know me might possibly detect a political significance in the colours.


#2:  I have always liked the little pictures that you get on Hole’s labels. On this one you not only get Newark Castle, but also the Castle Brewery and Castle Stout. I have always wondered whether Castle Stout was any different from Invalid Stout, Double Stout, Nourishing Stout and so on.


#3:  I think this label is quite beautiful. It is the design of course, classic style, but who could possibly have thought of calling a beer Old Dog Fox back in the 1930s. Today, would we even notice?


#4:  I do have a thing about Stout. There must have been dozens of different names, even then. This label shows what can be done even with shades of grey.


#5:  Another colour combination that I think is particularly effective. Although the majority of the labels in my collection are oval or elliptical in shape, I do think that there are some lovely designs for rectangular labels, like this one from the time before the company was registered in the 1930s, when ( Lewes ) appeared on all their advertising material.

Beard & Co

#6:  Red and green, then red and brown and now red and black. A bit of a theme; another design I really like from a brewery close to my heart.

Also worth mentioning is the contents statement, which appeared on so many labels in the 1930s and 40s. Was there a particular case which prompted the use of this sort of disclaimer?

Frome United

#7:  The combination of blue and yellow on a label has always interested me. I would have liked to include one of the Soulby, Sons and Winch labels, but the esteemed webmaster has asked me to steer clear of labels already featured on the site. This is understandable, so I am including this very attractive example from the Oldham Brewery Co. for their Darby (why???) Light Dinner Ale. I assume that this was a Pale Ale with a low alcohol content.


#8:  Back to my liking for a brewery scene on a label. This is just a lovely example of design and conquer. And, of course it is still there as the Anglo Trading Estate Ltd and if you search the web, a photograph from exactly the same viewpoint can be found.

So what would distinguish a Dinner Ale from a Light Dinner Ale or even a Luncheon Ale?

Anglo Bavarian#9:  I felt my selection was too heavily biased towards oval labels. So for this one it is this lovely Nut Brown Ale from Rogers of Bristol. Shades of orange and brown, brilliant.

Rogers 3

#10:  To finish I just had to find another label with a topographical flavour. Not the Southsea Brewery, sadly, but still a very nice representation of what I assume is the castle and lighthouse. I couldn’t find a photo from the same viewpoint for this one, sorry.





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