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J C & R H Palmer Ltd

This much loved private company was founded in 1794 at the Old Brewery, Bridport. Registration came as late as 1975 and the brewery is thankfully still independent. I don’t think they changed the design of their labels very often, but I would like to know the reasons behind the brown and green Extra Stout labels. One of the last companies to use a combined neck and stopper label, which must surely have slowed the bottling line.

Oatmeal Stout 1920s

Pale Ale 1920s

Guinness very early label

Nut Brown Ale 1930s

Nut Brown Ale 1930s

Light Pale Ale 1930s

Light Pale Ale 1930s

Light Pale Ale stopper & neck

Oatmeal Stout 1930s

Guinness post 1936

Tally Ho 1950s

Extra Stout 1950s

Extra Stout Stopper & neck combined

Extra Stout 1950s

Extra Stout Stopper & neck combined

Light Pale Ale 1950s

Light Pale Ale stopper & neck combined

Nut Brown Ale 1950s

Nut Brown Ale stopper & neck combined1950s

Special IPA 1950s

Tally Ho 1960s


3 Responses to J C & R H Palmer Ltd

  • Nice labels from JC & RH Palmer. The 1950s & 60s were the years when the labels were great but the brewery products were “Probably the worst beers in Christendom”. I remember the old head brewer of the mid to laste 60s very well – Mr Alfred Skurray. He said to me, “Alastair, you should always remember that the success of a brewery relies on the fact that the beer must always be consistent. If you brew a wonderful beer, that’s great and you’ll do well. If you brew a lousy beer, people will get used to it, complain about it, but still drink it – and that’s great too. If the beer’s great most of the time but inconsistent they’ll start drinking Eldridge Pope’s, and that’s not good. ” Well, I think Alf followed the 2nd rule. However, just look at Palmers now. Great beer and a lovely little brewery company still run by the Palmers from a magnificent little thatched brewery beside the sea just quietly doing what it does. And now, look at their old rivals: Eldrige Pope? – Gone; Devenish’s? – Gone. And Hall and Woodhouse? – Well, enough said. – Having closed their magnificent Edwardian copper, brass and gun metal brewery in Blandford they now brew in what looks more like a converted garage brewing all sorts of stuff and run by a bunch of marketing gurus and “suits”.

    I hear that Palmers have now stopped bottling, so that’s the end of their unique and old fashioned labels which were a delight to look at while drinking their wonderful Tally Ho! Hope you don’t mind my diatribe of memories but seeing the Palmer’s labels up on my screen just set me going.

  • Thanks Alastair! I really enjoyed reading your ‘diatribe’! Feel free to diatribe any time you want! I’ll be waiting!

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