Hull Brewery were prolific in their output of beer in bottles, and so this first selection is just edited highlights of my collection of their bottle labels. What's nice for me, is the thought that a real human artist working on behalf of the brewery actually sat and created the designs by hand - no computers - no C.A.D. I was lucky enough to find a collection of the original artwork for their labels, some of which was used and some that was not and I will feature both here in the coming weeks, as the whole forms an evocative reminder of a better time. Other items of Hull Brewery ephemera will follow - come back soon ...
These are in roughly alphabetical order, with beers they bottled for other people, as well as wines and spirits, at the bottom of the page eventually. The dates are taken from a hand-written 'label history' that I have in my collection, which is not complete, but gives a good idea of the majority of their labels. I'd welcome any additions if any has ones that are not featured here. Click on any image for a closer look - Cheers!
first introduced in round corner form in 1956 (this one discontinued in 1960). I have eight variants of this label, each with differing wording, issued up until 1963
introduced in June 1962, discontinued in 1965. Further three versions available with gilt background
these arched labels were introduced in August 1972 to celebrate the new white illuminated signs at Hull Brewery pubs
no dates for this one - lovely name -
was it a type of hop, or a family name? Same style as other 1920s labels
introduced August 1972, and kept on under the 'Hull Brewery Mild Ale' name by North Country Breweries following their take-over
Guinness's stout was one of many ales bottled and sold by the company.
This is one of the earliest labels.
Hull Brewery's own stout was discontinued in 1932, so this may be a possible date for the introduction of the dark stuff
... however, the brewery's own label history (authors collection) states this label was introduced 'early 1900s' and 'discontinued in 1932, so is this the earliest known Hull Brewery Guinness label? I guarantee someone will tell me ... this example is pin stamped July 1929
introduced 'about 1932', discontinued 'about 1941'. I have at least four other designs of Guinness label for the Hull Brewery, all pre-1960, but I'm sure there will be more