So a nice fellow from Britain sends me an e-mail today asking me if I'd be interested in buying some vintage bottles of beer from him. I'm assuming they're not still drinkable — I think the idea is to set them on the shelves and have your friends ooh and aah over them. Check out the pictures. I'd gladly do it if I had more disposable income, but given the financial wrestling I've had to do lately, I think I'd be better off spending my cash on beer I can actually drink. However, maybe I can tempt one of you with his offer.
His name is Rob Earnshaw, and his e-mail address is (posted long style so spammers can't scoop it up): robertearnshaw at btinternet dot com.
Here's what he e-mailed me:
I was reading your blog and thought you may be interested in this
I recently acquired 17 (full) bottles of antique beers from a relative. I thought that they may be appealing to you and your members.
Please email me back to find out more information, below I have listed the beers I acquired
17 bottles of antique beers, ales and lagers, spanning from 1953 to 1981,
mainly celebration beers.
1x Harvey's Elizabethan Ale, brewed in 1953,
1x Barclay's Russian Stout, brewed in 1966,
1x Banks imperial old ale, brewed in 1960's,
2x Gold Label, Barley Wine, brewed in 1960's
1x corked bottle of George Gale Prize old Ale, brewed in 1960's
2x St George Strong Ale, brewed specially for St Georges Taverns, 1960's.
3x George Gale Silver Jubilee Ale, brewed in 1977.
1x King & Barnes Jubilee Ale, brewed in 1977,
1x Courage Silver Jubilee Ale, brewed in 1977,
4x Ind Coope Strong Lager, brewed to celebrate the marriage of The Prince of Wales & Lady Diana Spencer, brewed in Wales in 1981
Also I have obtained a full working beautifully crafted beer pump, complete with ceramic fox hunting style handle, in a hardwood frame, roughly 50 years old, made by Gakell and Chambers Ltd.
Drop me an email if you are interested.
E-bay listing: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/17-bottles-of-antique-beers-and-ales-from-1953-to-1981_W0QQitemZ220062699154QQihZ012QQcategoryZ13910QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZV
Or call him at 07707083674
Beertown: Washington, D.C.
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