Is this Britain’s best beer... label?

1st place in the Standard Label contest - Dartford Wobbler Brewery: Londrina Ltd Picture: LABOLOGIST

1st place in the Standard Label contest - Dartford Wobbler Brewery: Londrina Ltd Picture: LABOLOGIST SOCIETY - Credit: LABOLOGIST SOCIETY

The nation’s beer label designers came together for their 36th annual showdown to be crowned the best bottle at the summit in Southwold.

Rev�d Eric Dor� (Secretary, Labologists Society) and Hannah Walker (Fresh Start, New Beginnings char

Rev�d Eric Dor� (Secretary, Labologists Society) and Hannah Walker (Fresh Start, New Beginnings charity) Picture: LABOLOGIST SOCIETY - Credit: LABOLOGIST SOCIETY

Hosted at the Southwold Arts Centre by Adnam's Brewery, the Label of the Year competition on Saturday October 12 saw dozens turn out for the flagship event in the Labologists Society calendar.

Labologists are collectors of beer labels and all things breweriana, whether they are interested in vintage bar towels, brewery mirrors, beer advertisements or cast iron bottle openers.

Labologist Society secretary Reverend Eric Doré, who lives in Wrentham, was delighted that money raised by the society throughout the year and the Southwold event was going towards a deserving cause in Ipswich-basted children's charity, Fresh Start New Beginnings.

Mr Doré said: "We were so pleased to see so many people at the event, both members of the society and local people.

2nd place in the Standard Label contest - Swannay Brewery: Imperial Stout Picture: LABOLOGIST SOCIET

2nd place in the Standard Label contest - Swannay Brewery: Imperial Stout Picture: LABOLOGIST SOCIETY - Credit: LABOLOGIST SOCIETY


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"We had a retired Adnams employee bring in a collection of labels soaked from bottles including some examples of older Adnams labels.

"Also, some old and pristine labels collected by a former Head Brewer at Fremlins of Maidstone.

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"But we are no closer to finding the elusive labels from Phillips of Downham Market, so if your readers can help us, please contact us."

This year's champion in the standard label category was the Dartford Wobbler Brewery's Londrina Ltd, a stylish art deco label on a passion fruit-flavoured beer.

3rd place in the Standard Label contest - Tomos and Lilford Brewery - Wild Rose Picture: LABOLOGIST

3rd place in the Standard Label contest - Tomos and Lilford Brewery - Wild Rose Picture: LABOLOGIST SOCIETY - Credit: LABOLOGIST SOCIETY

Chairman of the society, Peter Dickinson, said: "Southwold is a great little town with several pubs serving delicious beer. What was there not to like?

"We want to offer our grateful thanks to all those who helped make it a brilliant day."

The event raised £3,300 for the child sexual abuse charity Fresh Start New Beginnings, who aim is to help children and young people make sense of the confusion they feel and to teach them coping strategies to deal with the difficulties they face.

Charity operations director Patsy Johnson-Cisse was immensely grateful to the society, saying: "A small local charity working with the most vulnerable children, we greatly value the wonderful donation of £3,300."

1st place in the Commemorative Label contest - Barneys Beer: Bad Logic Picture: LABOLOGIST SOCIETY

1st place in the Commemorative Label contest - Barneys Beer: Bad Logic Picture: LABOLOGIST SOCIETY - Credit: LABOLOGIST SOCIETY

If anyone would like to contact the Labologist Society, please email secretary@labology.org.uk.

2nd place in the Commemorative Label contest - Leighton Buzzard Brewing Company's I Do Brew Picture:

2nd place in the Commemorative Label contest - Leighton Buzzard Brewing Company's I Do Brew Picture: LABOLOGIST SOCIETY - Credit: LABOLOGIST SOCIETY

3rd place in the Commemorative Label contest - Arkell's Brewery: Moonlight Picture: LABOLOGIST SOCIE

3rd place in the Commemorative Label contest - Arkell's Brewery: Moonlight Picture: LABOLOGIST SOCIETY - Credit: LABOLOGIST SOCIETY

1st place in the Set of Labels contest - Bath Ales. Gem was one of a set of four Picture: LABOLOGIST

1st place in the Set of Labels contest - Bath Ales. Gem was one of a set of four Picture: LABOLOGIST SOCIETY - Credit: LABOLOGIST SOCIETY

2nd place in the Set of Labels contest - Black Storm Brewery. Dark Munro was one of a set of three P

2nd place in the Set of Labels contest - Black Storm Brewery. Dark Munro was one of a set of three Picture: LABOLOGIST SOCIETY - Credit: LABOLOGIST SOCIETY

3rd place in the Set of Labels contest - Black Storm Brewery. Fire Storm was one of a set of three P

3rd place in the Set of Labels contest - Black Storm Brewery. Fire Storm was one of a set of three Picture: LABOLOGIST SOCIETY - Credit: LABOLOGIST SOCIETY

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