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Breweries and Brewing Playing Cards

Breweries and Brewing Playing Cards

Most of these packs are designed as advertising for beer brands and breweries, featuring their logos, slogans, beer labels and other marketing messages. These themed playing cards often incorporate designs and imagery inspired by the brewing process, such as beer bottles, pint glasses and brewing equipment, making them a visually engaging and fun collector's item for beer enthusiasts.

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Anheuser-Busch 1899


The Kings show American admirals and the Jacks have different officers at each end. The Queens are “Our Colonies”.

Anheuser-Busch Army & Navy 1900

Anheuser-Busch Army & Navy

This deck is commonly known as the “Anheuser-Busch Spanish-American War deck”, issued at the end of the war.

Belle Vue Gueuze 1969

Belle Vue Gueuze

Promotional playing cards designed by Wim Simons, Belgium, 1960s.

Brewery Advertising

Brewery Advertising

Australian Brewery Advertising.

Budweiser Budvar beer 1985

Budweiser Budvar beer

Colourful designs promoting Budweiser Budvar beer from Czechoslovakia.

Cartes de Luxe (1877) facsimile 1877

Cartes de Luxe (1877) facsimile

‘Cartes de Luxe’ first published by Biermans in 1877 was reproduced in facsimile by Amstel Beer in c.1980.

Castle Lager 2012

Castle Lager

Castle Lager playing cards, c.2012.

Cerveza ‘El Gallo’ 1880

Cerveza ‘El Gallo’

Advertising pack for Cerveza ‘El Gallo’ made in Belgium, c.1880.

Clausen Brewing 1885

Clausen Brewing

It was a common practice for card makers to produce decks under fictitious names particularly when producing advertising decks, to avoid promoting their own name at the expense of the client.

De La Rue 1932-1933 Sample Book of Advertising cards 1933

De La Rue 1932-1933 Sample Book of Advertising cards

Complete contents of a sample book of advertising cards by De La Rue

EPCS August 1992 Newsletter

EPCS August 1992 Newsletter Members Only

Cutty Sark • 50th Anniversary of the Award of the George Cross to the Island of Malta • W.D. & H.O. Will • Harry Lauder Snap • ABC Happy Families by Spears • Tower of London • Clan Tartan • EPCS 10th Anniversary Transformation Pack • Karl Gerich • HARP Beer Mat

EPCS August 1995 Newsletter

EPCS August 1995 Newsletter Members Only

Peace and Liberation VJ DAY 1945-1995 • John Jaques & Son 1795-1995 Bicentenary • WWII • Royals • Guinness • Bank of England • Snap • W.H. Willis • Battleships • Musical • Battle of Waterloo • R.J. Mitchell • Hignett Bros Cigarettes • John Dewar • Shakespearean

EPCS February 1987 Newsletter

EPCS February 1987 Newsletter Members Only

Unusual Waddington Pack • British Playing Cards Limited • The Cardboard Court • English Standard Card Manufacturers (Part 1) Woolley & Co • Georges Brewery Bristol • Card Game Manufacturers (Part 1) H & A Mullord Brothers • Collateral Branches of the English/American Family • 3 Decks of John Waddington in the limelight • Snap (Part 1) Globe Series of Games • A Collecting Theme: Dogs

EPCS February 1992 Newsletter

EPCS February 1992 Newsletter Members Only

1957 40th Anniversary of the Queen's Accession to the Throne • Case of Neglected Duty • Mabel Lucy Attwell • Worshipful Company Pack 1991 • CWS SNAP • Newcastle Breweries • Toy Cards • Josh Reynolds & Sons 1862 • W.D. & H.O. WILLS • Will's Happy Families

EPCS February 2003 Newsletter

EPCS February 2003 Newsletter Members Only

Waddington Catalogue • Poets at the Card Table • Hindooy • White Witchcraft • New Transformation Cards • Cavalier Cards • See-through Pack • James Bond 007 • West Piggy Bank • Millennium Dome Souvenir • Fassett No-Revoke Pack • Zodiac Pack • Romany Fortune Telling Book • Decorative Items • Plastic Cards DLR • Picasso & Waddington • Cards, Words & Music • Rhyme Without Reason • Patience Books • PAK & Sovereign Guardsman • Imitation Goodall • William Mitchell (Brewer)

EPCS June 2002 Newsletter

EPCS June 2002 Newsletter Members Only

Golden Jubilee • Willis & Woolley 1876 • Happy Families - Music Sheet • Samson - Stanley Matthews • Cadbury Snap • Robinson • Poets at the Card Table/What's in the Box? • Harry Ferguson Ltd • Woolley Circular Cards • Historical Dominoes • Johnson's Toilet Powder • Cavalier Playing Cards • Bits from John and Clive • The 52 Club • Brewery Playing Cards • Help! / Samuel Pepys • Astra • Alfred Marks • Egyptian Fortune Telling

EPCS May 1989 Newsletter

EPCS May 1989 Newsletter Members Only

Charlie Chaplin • Adolf Hitler • An interesting Discovery • Worshipful Company • VETO: The Exciting Election Game • Joseph Reynolds & Sons • Mistitz or Metamorphosis Valentines The Muddied Menagerie • William Hancock • Non Revoke • Universal • De La Rue • British Gas • Imported (Part 1)

EPCS May 1992 Newsletter

EPCS May 1992 Newsletter Members Only

Most Honourable Order of the Bath • Kimberley of Birmingham • UCBS Happy Families • Bass Group • Robin Hood • Nestle • Berkshire Printing Company • Deakins Political

EPCS May 1995 Newsletter

EPCS May 1995 Newsletter Members Only

VE Day • John Jaques & Son 1795-1995 Bicentenary • Musical • Brewery • How to Ink and Take Impressions • W.H. Willis • Culbertson Triplicates • Simpson Piccadilly Francois • De La Rue Dominoes

EPCS May 1996 Newsletter

EPCS May 1996 Newsletter Members Only

Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games 1896-1996 • WWII • Schweppes • Welcome to Alexandra • Scottish Historical Playing Cards • Queen Mary of the Seas • Whitbread Story • James English • Banco or Judge and Jury • Woolley & Co • Universal for Romania