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Ansells Brewery

Stevehanson

master brummie
Aston Brewery from a 1972 booklet about Ansells brewing history. Was this at Aston Cross ? Doesn’t have the look of that location. Viv,
Yes it is Ansells Brewery, it is not in the 70s but much earlier. If you ever walked up Park road you would recognise this as the very old brewery gates, the newer entrance gate was much the same. The drays used to enter from coming down the hill and queing up until a space was available on the unloading deck. I have a modern photo of the entrance somewhere, I will post it and you will see the drays queing up.Regards Steve.
 

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Nigelb63

proper brummie kid
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,
Bloody hell. I remember Tiny. He was a mate of my dads as was yorkie.
 

Robert Ensor (bob)

master brummie
Bloody hell. I remember Tiny. He was a mate of my dads as was yorkie.
That's great I often wonder what happened to some of the guys I knew.
I meet Tiny back in the early 70's he would ride his motorbike to the Man on the Moon pub most nights and have several pints.
I always thought it odd a man who tasted beer for a job working for Ansells would come out at night and drink at a M&B pub ..
 
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G G Jean

Brummy Wench.
Pete was on the brewing and a beer taster too. He said the name rings a bell (Tiny) but can't put a face to him.
 

Anner701

New Member
The strike of 1981.

:D Does anyone remember the strike of 1981 at Ansells?. My brother used to work at Holte Street and my husband was on the fermentation side of the brewing at Aston Cross. He later moved to Aldridge and finished at Carlsberg Gravely Park. :D Bye for now. Jean.
Hi Jean, are you the Jean that's friends with Ken Moly?
 

G G Jean

Brummy Wench.
Hi Anner my brother was a checker at Holte street and my husband on fermentation at Aston Cross. My goodness his clothes did smell of the stuff!!. I sure am a friend of the lovely Ken Moly and am in touch with one of his daughters too. Pete and Albert my brother finished up at Carlsberg Gravely Park after moving from the Aldridge depot. This badge was made after the strike was over.
 

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Lady Penelope

master brummie
I remember the strike - I believe it was engineered by the management but I may be being cynical. I was working as a temp there at the time. My friends husband was a drayman and they went through a really rough time with very little money.
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
hi keiron firstly my sincere condolances on the loss of your grandad....what sort of info are you looking for

lyn
 
hi keiron firstly my sincere condolances on the loss of your grandad....what sort of info are you looking for

lyn
Oh, crossed wires here .... I was contacted by his grandson, the Bitter Man was not my grandfather.

I though perhaps he might be known by somebody on the forum. In the meantime, I have asked his grandson to send some information on Trevor Bowater which I will share as his face will be very familiar to those who drank in an Ansell's pub.
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
Oh, crossed wires here .... I was contacted by his grandson, the Bitter Man was not my grandfather.

I though perhaps he might be known by somebody on the forum. In the meantime, I have asked his grandson to send some information on Trevor Bowater which I will share as his face will be very familiar to those who drank in an Ansell's pub.
oops sorry about the crossed wire....well trevors face would certainly have been familar to my dad who was an ansells man..
 
I have received this message today. I don't know the answer but thought it might be worth asking the expertise of the forum, particular as there are some "Bittermen" in the membership :

I was hoping you could help me date a piece of breweriana that I recently found in a nearby bit of wasteland to me. It was a glass bottle (from The Royal Berks Mineral Water Co.) but it had a screw top lid that was an Ansell's one. Doing a bit of Web research, I came across your website which I heartily commend you on. Such a mine of information! Looking through your website, I was able to establish that it was made after 1901 as it says Ansell's Brewery Ltd on it. The rest of the branding is the 'triple A' logo and so I was wondering if this could help date it. Do you know if and when they stopped using this branding and when they brought in the handwriting-style 'Ansells' logo? Did this one replace the 'triple A' logo? I appreciate you may not be able to help, but thought it worth asking and I'd appreciate any help you can give.

If anybody is a collector of such stuff or simply knows a bit about antiques/collectibles and has an answer please post a reply and I will forward it to the enquirer crediting any contribution. Ta very much.
 
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