Farsons Traditional Shandy is a specially brewed beer with a natural citrus flavour first launched in 1984. A variety of bottles, crowns, labels and cans have been utilised over the years, accompanied by adverts and promotional merchandise. The scope of this page is to illustrate such material through the items held in our collection.
Farsons Shandy Bottle from the time of its launch in 1984
When Shandy first appeared on the market it came in the same brown glass bottles used for Farsons' other beers. The label was rather simple comprising a lower case name in an inset white panel surrounded by alternating brown and orange lines. The panel was surmounted by the brewery's trade-mark in use at the time featuring the tip of Neptune's Trident spear superimposed over a hop leaf. The label also included the maker and net contents.
Shandy bottles became far more attractive through the 1990s after a complete redesign of the label and the addition of red coloured foil covering the crown and upper neck section. The new label featuring an oval with a Maltese Falcon set over a black panel was used until around 2005, when the beer's appearance was completely revamped. This rebranding exercise led to a slimmer bottle made from green glass and a totally revised label design retaining the falcon in a wholly different pose. A smaller label was added to the bottle's neck and a third label to the reverse side. Images and more details pending upload soon.