Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Pre Nanny State

A few of us have heard of Brendan Dobbin, who was in my opinion one of the earliest pioneers of the use of foreign hops for their own sake (rather than to supplement British hops) but fewer still will remember his very idiosyncratic advertising. I didn't realise I had any of Brendan's stuff apart from some labels, but amongst my bits and pieces, I came across this little beauty.

Not actors?  If you have ever been in his pub in Chorlton on Medlock, you'll not need to take that with a pinch of salt!

Prescient or what?

I used to have a lovely poster for Brendan's Chinese Pale Ale, but it got badly damaged when some water came in my garage years ago.  Or was it Chinese Lager?


Dimpled Mug said...

Think I've still got a couple of bottles of Brendans beers in the loft (unfortunately empty)may have to dig them out.

Bailey said...

Nugget of trivia for you: I spoke to Brendan again yesterday and mentioned this ad (we've got a copy now, in one of our Grist magazines from the 90s) and he pointed out that they're called 'Ron and Fred' because he thought they looked like Ronald Reagan and Freddy Kruger from Nightmare on Elm Street respectively.

(And the anti-alcohol message was *very* sincere.)