Thursday, November 16, 2023

More Alcohol-Related Heraldry

After looking at the two heraldic logos of the York Brewery, today we're going to see what other alcohol-related heraldry (and heraldry-adjacent logos) we saw during our stay in York, England.

First up is another brewery, The Black Sheep Brewery, whose logo is really only heraldry-adjacent (though it would make a decent heraldic badge, without the lettering surrounding the ram's head.)

As a badge, I would blazon this as: A ram's head couped facing to sinister sable horned and marked argent.

While not heraldic in the strictest sense, it certainly functions well as an identifier, which really is one of the underlying basics for a coat of arms.

You can see more examples of The Black Sheep Brewery logo on their website at

Next up is another quasi-heraldic logo, this one for the Firestone Walker Brewing Company:

The Firestone Walker Brewing Company (whose website is, I found out, is a California-based brewery. It was founded in 1996 by Adam Firestone ("the Bear") and David Walker ("the Lion"). I suppose it's California, U.S.A. origin shouldn't have surprised me all that much, since the bear and star are most likely to be taken from the flag of the State of California (

They don't seem to have any blazonable tinctures for their logo; it all seems to be done in shades of tan and brown. Still, a decent blazon for it can be made: A demi-lion and a demi-bear combatant, in sinister chief a mullet.

Finally, we came to the most heraldic of our examples today, the Pivni World Beer Freehouse:

I am not familiar with the names of all of the implements on their cartouche-shaped shield, though I am certain that all of them have to do with brewing. A blazon (without the names of the tools) would probably include that there are two in saltire surmounted by one in pale, overall two more in saltire, but that's a very "rough and ready" blazon, since the two sets which are "in saltire" do not overlie each other except in the very center of the shield, their differing angles allowing them to be seen (and identified) more easily.

For the rest, there is a generic crown above the shield, and the shield itself is being supported by two St. Bernard dogs. The scroll beneath the shield is the year the building they are in was built, 1597. Pivni was established here in 2007, according to their website: (

Next time, some heraldic pub signs seen in York!

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