An empty Badger Light Dinner Ale bottle by the brewery Hall & Woodhouse. The label has either been removed or disintegrated over time but with the remaining label we can date the bottle as from the 1930’s. This bottle would most probably have had a stopper in the top with a paper label with the company name stuck over this to seal it.

All beers start life as a lager or an ale. The type of yeast used during the fermenting process determines which it becomes. Other ingredients required to produce ale are malt, hops and water. The beers produced by Hall & Woodhouse use water drawn & filtered through the chalk soil from 120 feet under their own brewery.

Hall and Woodhouse were founded in Blandford, Dorset in 1777 by Charles Hall. During the Napoleonic wars Charles won a licence to supply beer to Wellington’s troops stationed in Weymouth who were entitled to 5 pints of beer a day! 60 years later his son Robert became partners with Edward Hall and together purchased Public Houses in the South of England to sell their own beers and ales in. When a new brewery was built in 1900, they named it Badger Brewery after their company logo they had been using since 1875.

The company not only sells beer but manufactures the soft fruit juice with spring water called Rio. Until 2005 they also manufactured Panda Pop until they sold that side of the Company.

Today Hall and Woodhouse is still a family run business and now has over 180 public houses in South of England where their range of ales and beers are sold.


More information:

Date 1930s
Material(s) GlassPaper
Item number MBPO314

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I remember as a child going occasionally to a public house with my parents or grandparents. We usually sat outside rather than inside and as a treat we were given a bottle of pop and a packet of crisps or peanuts. – Memory Box Volunteer

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