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Do It Yourself: Beer Label Christmas Ornaments

Do It Yourself: Beer Label Christmas Ornaments

It’s the week of Christmas and, whether it’s because of holiday parties, general celebrations, or just because, you’ve been throwing back a few more beers than is typical. I’ve found a way to put all that good drinking to use…and it’s something you can do even after throwing back a full bottle of something higher than 15% ABV. Allow me to introduce: beer label Christmas ornaments! I shamelessly stole this idea after seeing Tierney of … Read entire article »

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Flying Dog Brewery Tour – Good Beer, No Shit

Flying Dog Brewery Tour – Good Beer, No Shit

Some friends and I went to Flying Dog for a brewery tour this past weekend. The tours are extremely popular and fill up quickly so we had to sign up 90 days in advance, the earliest possible. Reading below, you’ll see exactly why the tours are as popular as they are. The tour costs $5 per person and includes a Flying Dog tasting glass and six sample tokens. I started with their Gose, a draft-only release … Read entire article »

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Lost Abbey Label Artwork

Lost Abbey Label Artwork

Lost Abbey isn’t a brewery, per se, but more the Belgian-beer arm of Port Brewing Company from San Marcos, California. Founded in 2006 by Vince & Gina Marsaglia, Jim Comstock, and Tomme Arthur, Port Brewing has blazed a trail through the North American beer scene, winning many medals at the Great American Beer Festival in the process. I could spend a lot of time simply describing what Tomme has done for beer in America but I’ll … Read entire article »

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Grand Teton Brewing – 2010 Art of Beer Contest

Grand Teton Brewing – 2010 Art of Beer Contest

Grand Teton Brewing Company has been brewing beer since 1988. It was founded by Charlie and Ernie Otto as Otto Brothers’ Brewing Company, which was the first modern “micro” brewery in the state of Wyoming. In 1992, Otto Brothers’ Brewing Company opened Wyoming’s first brewpub in Wilson, Wyoming, and also began bottling in 22oz. The demand for their beer continued to grow so the brothers broke ground in 1998 in Victor, Idaho, for what is now their current … Read entire article »

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Jester King Craft Brewery – Cutting Edge Brewery

Jester King Craft Brewery – Cutting Edge Brewery

Jester King Craft Brewery, located in Texas Hill Country west of Austin, is on the forefront of the craft beer scene in Texas. They are a small farmhouse brewery that is committed to using as many local and organic ingredients as possible. All of their beers undergo a secondary bottle fermentation which result in some fantastic beers but can also lead, sadly, to some failures (the recall of Commercial Suicide due to fermentation problems, for example). Jester … Read entire article »

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Deschutes Jubelale Label – Background and Artist Info

Deschutes Jubelale Label – Background and Artist Info

Many breweries have taken the concept of beer labels beyond the basic branding to involve local artists and giving them the freedom to design labels that are simply an extension of the artist’s craft and style. Deschutes Brewery takes that latter approach with their Jubelale winter beer. Jubelale first debuted back in 1988. Ed Carson, Deschutes’ graphic artist, designed the original label which consisted of a wreath incorporated into their basic oval label with the serpentine river.  This … Read entire article »

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Beer Label Collecting

Beer Label Collecting

I got started collecting beer labels over 3 years ago. It started as a way to remember the interesting beers that I had enjoyed but quickly branched into something else entirely. Today’s labels are pushing the boundaries of previous branding strategies. Many breweries are entering the art world, using local artists to design their labels. The label type and design are all part of a brewery’s plan for brand recognition but moves beyond the sedate … Read entire article »

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