Advent Calendar Day 12; Answers

A decent number of attempts, all guesses. No-one got more than 2 correct. Clearly not enough time for any research. Research? What’s that? Oh Yes, it is in the name of the Society. They are all here on the website, some in more than one place. Brewers in Lancashire might have been a start if anyone realised Old Tom was likely to be a northern brew. One well-known beer blogger guessed they were all Robinson’s. So, no prizes for the competition, but the three re-tweeters will all get something. I might even reward myself.


  • Edd Mather

    Only 2 right for me, I Love the Hammond’s
    Label , Pre 1914

  • Onno Kleefkens

    My question, where did the name of the beer ‘Old Tom’ come from? Is it a beer style or a local story? It may be a stupid question, but still….

  • Michael Jones

    It seems unlikely that other brewers would name their beer after a cat in the Robonson’s brewery. Another possible exlanation is that the beer was signaling its strength by associating its name with the folk memory of Old Tom Gin which dominated the British gin market in the 18th and 19th centuries before dying out in the 1940’s.

  • Charlie D

    All of them would have been a stones throw from my house if they were still open. There is a building 2 minutes from my house, which I am still to determine its function, that bears the Gartside’s name on the exterior wall. Sad I didn’t get it!

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