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Ansells Brewery

Radiorails

master brummie
Have to say it if I worked in a brewery I would have been a beer taster, and if I worked at Cadbury's I would have been a taster and Wimbush and so on
You would very quickly tire of that. During my early and mid teems I worked during the summer school holidays on farms, over much of the Midlands - a nice healthy way to earn money. Most university students also did it, but in those days I got away with my age - I really wan't old enough, but the lady in Broad Street said I looked older. Plums, strawberries and other fruits galore to be picked but after the first flush that was usually enough. :grinning:
Things have changed as most people underestimate my age these days.
 

sospiri

Ex-pat Brummie
Spot on, Alan. Anyone who has done "pick your own" strawberries or whatever, spends the first ten minutes eating as many as possible, and then picks the ones you are going to pay for. By the time you get home, you don't want to eat another strawberry for a couple of days. And, of course, what you thieve is built into the price you pay, so no one loses out! :cool:
 

Blews St

proper brummie kid

G G Jean

Brummy Wench.
Have to say it if I worked in a brewery I would have been a beer taster, and if I worked at Cadbury's I would have been a taster and Wimbush and so on
Pete and the brewers had the keys to this tasting/sampling room. If I worked at cadburys I would be ill as I can't stand the smell let alone the taste. x
 

Stevehanson

master brummie
Does any one recall a guy known as "Tiny" and of course he was big and tall worked at Ansells in the 70's for sure, he rode a motorcycle and wore a long tan coat his job was BEER TASTER !!.

Then would come out at night and sink a few, this was a big man so a few beers was just that, he maintained he really did not drink that much at work,
Hi, you don't mean Yorkie do you.
 

jmadone

master brummie
Pete and the brewers had the keys to this tasting/sampling room. If I worked at cadburys I would be ill as I can't stand the smell let alone the taste. x
I understand what you say. When I was at school and when the wind was in the right direction we could smell the chocolate from Cadburys. After a few hours it would turn my stomach, however I do like the taste of chocolate. (A bit off topic I know, sorry!)
 

chocks2

master brummie
Anyone who knew my Dad, Ron Timmins AKA "Cowboy". I regret to say that he sadly passed away on 28th August.
 

Stevehanson

master brummie
Anyone who knew my Dad, Ron Timmins AKA "Cowboy". I regret to say that he sadly passed away on 28th August.
Yes I remember your dad from my days at Aldridge Depot, didn't know him well because he was on the bottles and me the drays we didn't seem to mix much. Nice man something to do with country and western I think, The Silver Saddle comes to mind. Sorry to hear your news.
 

chocks2

master brummie
Yes I remember your dad from my days at Aldridge Depot, didn't know him well because he was on the bottles and me the drays we didn't seem to mix much. Nice man something to do with country and western I think, The Silver Saddle comes to mind. Sorry to hear your news.
Thanks for the kind words Stevehanson. Yes, you've got the right guy and the right name of the C&W club he ran.
 

bishop street

New Member
A big C&W fan the brewery stalwart Alex Brackstone died a few weeks ago aged 91. Remembered by many I am sure. Worked there for over 35 years.
 

bishop street

New Member
Was he over the transport Ken?. Pete remembers Albert but not Jimmy.
Jimmy Jones was originally on the Transport and them moved to the Security (gateman) staff working for John Powers. He eventually became the "Sergeant" of the Security Dept. and was in charge of burning old returned beer tickets in the Boiler Room, allegedly many of which did not reach the flames as he and his compatriot Les Ward were very "clumsy". Both died years ago.
 

SallyKB

New Member
My mother and aunt both worked at Ansells in the offices - if anyone remember the Kemshall sisters? Mum left when I was born, but Jackie was at the brewery until it closed and then transferred to the office in Aldridge Road. Dad was one of the visiting ICL engineers, Frank Price, if anyone remembers him. I visited the brewery a lot as a youngster, and I believe one of the drays was pressed into service to move furniture from my Gran's to Mum's
 

G G Jean

Brummy Wench.
Jimmy Jones was originally on the Transport and them moved to the Security (gateman) staff working for John Powers. He eventually became the "Sergeant" of the Security Dept. and was in charge of burning old returned beer tickets in the Boiler Room, allegedly many of which did not reach the flames as he and his compatriot Les Ward were very "clumsy". Both died years ago.
I am quite sure they didn't!!.
 
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