Monday, 17 August 2009

Brewers' star update

I found this (while looking for something else, as is usually the way).

I don't have too much to say about it other than to note it as further evidence of the existence of the six-pointed star as a brewers' symbol in Britain as well as Germany.

This Younger's of Edinburgh bottle is from 1961 whereas the Usher's label I posted back in June is from 1968. Two brewers in the same city were using the same symbol as a trade mark within seven years of each other. Brewers were clearly less litigious back then.

Younger's were using the star as early as 1942 and possibly before. I wonder when Youngers stopped and Ushers started?


  1. Loads of the breweries down in Franken still use this star as their symbol, like Brauerei Wagner. It was also certainly used in Dortmund in the last part of the 19th Century, as shown in this photo from my recent trip to Dortmund, but seems to have disappeared from the north a bit. Interesting though. I'll have to keep my eyes out for modern versions up here.

  2. I was already familiar with its use in Germany, but it's only recently I noticed it on old British brewery ephemera, so I make a note when I come across it.