Archive for March, 2012

Shropshire Maltings, Shrewsbury open days

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

A message from Colin Bridgland-

The next open days at the Shropshire Maltings, Shrewsbury (or flaxmill, as some people insist on calling it) has been announced on their website – Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th May 2012. Attached is their flier for the event.

Cheers again,

Red Cow in Caversham

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012


We are taking over the tenancy of the Red Cow in Caversham and wondered if you might have some knowledge or photo’s on this pub?

We believe it was a Simonds Brewery pub at some stage .

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Kind Regards

Sara King
2 Model Farm Cottages
Bath Road

Telephone 01189691470 or 07760420923

Burton – A Talk on Regeneration of Brewery Buildings

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

We have had the following from the Burton Civic Society. Many members will know Malcolm and have enjoyed seeing him speak in the past

BHS member Malcolm James will be giving a talk after the Civic Society’s AGM

Malcolm James was awarded the Harold Samuel Prize for the Best Dissertation in July 2006 on “Brewery Buildings of Burton on Trent” as part of his RICS Postgraduate Diploma on Conservation of the Historic Environment.  His talk will reflect the culmination of his subsequent 6 years of research into the use and re-use of brewery buildings.

I wonder if this talk would be of interest to members of your society in the local area?

It takes place at about 8 p.m. on Wed 27th June at the Worthington Suite of the National Brewery Centre, after the Burton Civic Society AGM.

Its our Golden Jubilee Year (1962 – 2012) and we’re hoping to get a good crowd.  We also have some specially brewed beer from the Burton Bridge Brewery to give away in exchange for a donation.

Job opportunity

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

We have had the following email sent in and thought it appropriate to flag it up to our readership. Good luck.

A job opportunity that has come up at the National Brewery Centre, Burton on Trent for a Museum Guide. It is a paid position (hourly rate), part time mixture of weekly and weekend working.

It is a chance for someone with a good knowledge of brewing and breweries to engage with our visitors and enhance their visit to the Museum!

If anyone is interested please can they contact either Paula White (General Manager) or Vanessa Winstone (Collections Officer) for further information.

Many thanks

Vanessa Winstone

Elephant Head Pale Ale

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

We have had the following query – can anyone help?

Dear Brewery History Society,

I am researching a story about a small brewer aiming to revive the ‘Olympic beer’ Elephant Head Pale Ale (apparently popular around 1908, when London first held the Olympics), made by Camden Brewery Company (bought up by Courage in 1923, then closed).


To this end, I am hoping you or your membership might be able to help me track down the following:


i) a bottle or label of the original Elephant Pale Ale Head, which apparently was being served until the 1920s – or a photo of a pint of it, somebody drinking it, an Elephant Pale Ale Head beer tap or other kind of identifier

ii) find somebody (they will be pretty old!) who remembers drinking Elephant Pale Ale Head (it would have been served in Camden Brewery pubs in London until 1925) or – perhaps more likely – can recall a relation or older friend being a fan of it


Please let me know if you think you can help. Please also feel free to pass on my contact details to anyone or to post my request on your blog.


I look forward to hearing from you.

David Hickey

Producer, TV Asahi ( London bureau)

Tel. +44 (0)20 7284 3500

Brewers & Bankers – a talk in Farringdon

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

BHS member Alan Greenwood will be remembered by many from his ‘Beer Agency’ in the 1970s and he notified me of a forthcoming talk, as follows-

Following on the success of the talk given to Isle of Wight CAMRA members at the Travellers Joy on January 27th, Alan Greenwood will be giving another talk on the Fascinating World of the 19th & 20th Century Brewer at the Hoop & Grapes, Farringdon Street, London EC4A 4BL at 7.30 pm on Tuesday March 27th.


The talk title is: Brewers & Bankers


The talk is open to all; admission is £3.00, offset by a 50p a pint discount off Real Ale to CAMRA members by Landlord Mike Stokes.  Tickets can be booked directly from the Hoop & Grapes or from Alan Greenwood.


Good Pub, Good Beer, Good Talk, it’s a good evening


CAMRA Membership cards needed for beer discount or sign up on the evening.

Nearest stations: Blackfriars (0.3 miles), Chancery Lane (0.3 miles), Farringdon (0.4 miles)


Hoop & Grapes

Alan Greenwood