As you can probably tell by now, I collect bottles and being from Co. Londonderry there where 100’s of business’ producing Whisky, Beer, Stout & Mineral Waters with a vast majority located in the city itself.
One of the most prolific was William .George. O’Doherty of Bishop Street and these are the items I have found to date.
Trading from at least 1871 W.G.O’Dohertys started out selling fertilizer in the form of Guano (Bat Shit!) from Brazil, but phased this out in preference for groceries and Alcohol and eventually 20 years after opening started bottling Ale.
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The premisis at Bishop Street is still trading as a pub but no longer in the hands of the O’Doherty family. The new owner obviously has an appreciation for history as the pubs new name is W. Gee’s Bar and Off Sales
I popped into W. Gee’s today and had a pint o’ Guinness as my excuse to have a snoop around.