This is an antique mirror advertising Castlemaine bitter ale, produced before 1950 in Australia. This mirror has a bold font in vivid red tones, a detailed factory picture, additional information about the Australian beer company, and a dual-line border. The mirror comes with a lighter-coloured wooden frame and is in its original antique condition, showing signs of an authentic patina. It's a great collectable item for pubs and bars.
The Castlemaine Brewery, established in 1857 by Edward Fitzgerald, was a brewing company in Australia. In 1859, his brother Nicholas Fitzgerald joined him in the business, which quickly expanded. The firm established breweries in Melbourne, Newcastle, Sydney, and Brisbane, and smaller ones in Daylesford and Newbridge. The identical brothers initially founded the breweries. However, they were either established or later floated as separate entities with distinct histories, even though the Fitzgerald brothers still held a stake in them.
In 1924, Castlemaine Brewery employed a German brewer named Alhois William Leitner, who introduced XXXX Bitter. The name is a nod to the long-standing tradition of using Xs to indicate the strength of an ale.