I don't bother that much with history in this blog. You have to be a particularly pernickity person that likes facts and exactitude. I paint things with an altogether much broader brush. But I do like to read and know about old breweries and the like, which is reflected to some extent by my small collection of breweriana. I haven't collected anything much for years now really, but one or two interesting pieces adorn a bookcase in my sitting room, so I thought I'd share them. These examples of advertising - showcards - in the parlance - are of course, history and both are quite old.
Murray's was one of many Edinburgh breweries that turned up its toes in the takeover frenzy of the 1960s. According to the Scottish Breweing Archive, "The company was acquired in May
Northern Breweries of Great Britain Ltd, later
United Breweries Ltd, York and London, England, which merged with
Charrington and Co Ltd, London, in 1962 through a holding company,
Charrington United Breweries Ltd. It continued to brew until May 1962 when brewing was transferred to
Aitchison Jeffrey Ltd,
Heriot Brewery, Roseburn Terrace, Edinburgh, Scotland. Bottling and malting continued at the
North British Brewery
Devenish closed as recently as March 2004 having fallen into the hands of Whitbread and subsequently, after a lot of mucking about, changes of ownership and brewing stopping and starting, it went bust and that was that.
Nice little mementoes of the past.
I've just realised since blogger inconveniently changed, I haven't done labels as they have moved them to a new place. I'll restore them now, but I'm not going back over those that have missed out.
A bit of a CV. Tandleman is a veteran beer lover, local CAMRA Chairman and activist, beer writer, beer reviewer and pursuer of all things good in beer. He lives in the North West of England and London. Despite his CAMRA membership, he does not limit himself to cask conditioned beer, though he believes that cask conditioning, when done correctly and appropriately, brings a quality to beer that is hard to equal by any other kind of presentation. He is a strong supporter of Northern methods of beer dispense and avidly detests poorly presented beer and dislikes pasteurisation. He regularly visits Germany, has conducted corporate British and German beer tastings for CAMRA at the Great British Beer Festival where he has worked for years on Biere Sans Frontieres and was Deputy Organiser at CAMRA's very successful National Winter Ales Festival in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and at the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival from 2013 to date. He admires good brewers wherever they are and has travelled extensively in pursuit of good beer to drink.
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