Brewery History Society

The Brewery History Society

Our quarterly Newsletters


Our quarterly Newsletter features news, articles and discussion topics about brewing and breweries. Each issue has regular updates from the Chairman, the BHS calendar, new members, new breweries, industry news, Mike Brown's meanderings, inquiries from researchers and an Out and About section featuring items of historical interest. Articles written by members are shown below.


Newsletter 91

Newsletter 91: December 2020

Featuring Hardy & Hanson, Kimberley Brewery in 2002 on the covers

  • Model railway brewery wagons, Jeff Sechiari
  • A small brewery near Southampton - Shirley Brewery, Geoff Carrington
  • Nuneaton Brewery, a rival to Burton on Trent?
  • Paines and John Bull Part 2, Alan Greenwood
  • Brewing in the blood - the Rudgard family Part 2, Peter Moynihan
  • Thomas Kirkland - a Birmingham maltster, Sandra Bates
  • Warwick & Richardson Maltings in danger, Amber Patrick
Newsletter 90

Newsletter 90: September 2020

The covers feature Wadworth's Brewery at Devizes in 2002

  • Brewer or bottler? V&A Heeley, Birmingham, Geoff Dye
  • Hart family of Quebec and an early beer recipe, Gary M Gillman
  • Brewing in the blood - the Rudgard family Part 1, Peter Moynihan
  • Paines at St Neots, part 1, Alan Greenwood
  • Crowleys vs the Port of London Authority, Geoff Dye
  • Tuckers Maltings and the Tamar Brewery, Amber Patrick
Newsletter 89

Newsletter 89: June 2020

The covers feature Highgate Brewery at Walsall in 2003

  • Chairman's address to virtual 2020 AGM
  • Tamar Brewery at Devonport, Geoff Dye
  • From sowing to drying - vertical integration in C18th, Margaret Bird
  • Audit ale returns to Cambridge, Keith Osbourne
  • Goat Maltings in Burton on Trent, Amber Patrick
Newsletter 88

Newsletter 88: March 2020

Featuring Robert Cain's Brewery (Liverpool) in 2003 on the covers, Newsletter 88 includes:

  • Photographic collection of old Charrington & Co pubs
  • Bass Corkers sampled
  • How to buy a fake on eBay: Guinness breweriana, Mike Peterson
  • The Great Guinness Advertising Art Mystery, David Hughes
  • Brain's brand new brewery, Roger Putman
  • A Hertfordshire mystery: Kings Walden Brewery, Keith Osbourne
  • Horwood and Gripper - Star Brewery, Queensland, South Africa, Geoff Dye
  • A round up of Malthouses in the news during 2019, Amber Patrick
Newsletter 87

Newsletter 87: December 2019

The covers feature Black Sheep at Masham in 2006

  • 150th anniversary of Ratcliff Ale
  • Report on visit to Windsor & Eton Brewery, Jeff Sechiari
  • Santa's Get out Claus: naming Christmas bottles, Mike Peterson
  • George Gale at Horndean, Alan Greenwood
  • Society for the Preservation of Beer from the Wood, John Dearing
  • Whitbread auction lot resurfaces: Mew Langton, David Dines
  • Early pneumatic maltings, Amber Patrick
Newsletter 86

Newsletter 86: September 2019

Featuring Batemans (Wainfleet) Brewery in 2002 on the covers, Newsletter 86 includes:

  • Reports on visits to Poland and Crisp Malt at Fakenham
  • News from the Isle of Wight
  • Cobden Bridge Brewery, Southampton, Geoff Dye
  • Years before his time, Alan Greenwood reminisces: Part 2
  • Maltings conversions in Cambridgeshire, Amber Patrick
  • Gallard and Saladin boxes, Roger Putman
Newsletter 85

Newsletter 85: June 2019

Featuring Bathams Brewery at Brierley Hill in 2005 on the covers, Newsletter 85 was our first full-colour issue

  • Chairman's address to 2019 AGM at Shepherd Neame
  • Manor Brewery, Alton, Edward Guinness
  • Bell Brewery at Woolston and William Garton, Geoff Dye
  • Industrial relations at Kent Brewery in Sydney Part 2, Roger Bussell
  • Years before his time, Alan Greenwood reminisces: Part 1
  • Millars One, Collett and Plough maltings, Amber Patrick
  • Eling Tide maltings, Robin Appel
Newsletter 84

Newsletter 84: March 2019

The covers feature Elgood at Wisbech in 2006

  • Report on visits to Timothy Taylor and Bowland
  • Hogs Back hop garden
  • Industrial relations at Kent Brewery in Sydney Part 1, Roger Bussell
  • Peach's Maltings at Langwith and Newark, Amber Patrick
  • The Deers Leap trademark - Mitchells & Butlers, Keith Osbourne
Newsletter 83

Newsletter 83: December 2018

The covers feature Thwaites at Blackburn in 2003

  • Report on BHS visit to Budapest
  • Report on Oxford walk
  • APPBG reaches 25, Paul Hegarty
  • Reflections on Wrekin Brewery, Dominic Pinto
  • History of Hartley Row Brewery, Hampshire, Geoff Dye
  • End of the line for Ind Coope's bottling stores, Ian Webster
  • Cask ale quality, Martyn Cornell
  • Beer of the future, Newsome Baxter, Northallerton
Newsletter 82

Newsletter 82: September 2018

Featuring Tuckers Maltings at Newton Abbot in 2010 on the covers

  • Report on a visit to Bowland Brewery
  • Chairman's address to the BHS AGM 2018
  • Tuckers Maltings to close, Amber Patrick
  • Report on a visit to Titanic Brewery
  • Minutes of 2018 AGM
Newsletter 81

Newsletter 81: June 2018

The covers feature Arkells at Swindon in 2001

  • Links between brewers and bankers Part 2, Alan Greenwood
  • More thoughts on Cooper, Peter Moynihan
  • Where are the beers of yesterday? Wrexham, Oliver Richardson
  • Reports on visits to Wrexham and Foolhardy Breweries
Newsletter 80

Newsletter 80: March 2018

Featuring Harveys at Lewes in 2004 on the covers

  • Cooper - a tale of two halves, Steve Baker
  • Links between brewers and bankers Part 1, Alan Greenwood
  • Report on meeting, John Robinson tells us about George Shaw
  • The odours of old Wem, Oliver Richardson
Newsletter 79

Newsletter 79: December 2017

The covers feature Hook Norton, Oxfordshire in 2002

  • Report on joint seminar with the British Guild of Beer Writers - 'Ingredients in Beer'
  • Table of BHS Journal content from issue 123 to 171
Newsletter 78

Newsletter 78: September 2017

Featuring Donnington Brewery on the front cover

  • Report on a visit to Czech Republic, Cernokostelecky Brewery
  • New faces, Miles Jenner and Susan Chisholm
  • Message on a bottle, Peter Dickenson
  • Report on a visit to Czech Republic, Prague and Plzen
  • Dublin demolitions, Eddie Bourke
  • Table of BHS Journal content from 1972 to issue 122
  • Robins Brewery at Hove, Eric Doré
Newsletter 77

Newsletter 77: July 2017

Featuring Felinfoel (Llanelli) Brewery on the front cover

  • Chairman's address to the BHS AGM 2017 and review of the year
  • Minutes of the BHS AGM 2017
  • When Flaxmill was a maltings, Stan Platt
Newsletter 76

Newsletter 76: April 2017

Featuring venerable wooden fermenters at Adnams in Southwold in 2001 on the front cover

  • St Austell's new brewery at Bath Ales, Roger Ryman
  • Story of Flag Porter, Mike Peterson
  • Breweries in Ireland in 1832, Eddie Bourke


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