I can’t decide what labels struck the biggest chord with me the last week or so. Greenbush Brewing Company’s, posted here earlier in the week, certainly deserve a nod. Great artwork there from an exciting up and coming brewery. (Update: I was just informed that the Greenbush label artwork was done by Ken at Manifesto 1 in Wakarusa, IN. Thanks to Greenbush themselves for the info.) Earlier today, this also appeared:
Greenbush Anger – 7.6% Black IPA. I haven’t seen an official approval for this label yet, but Greenbush’s Facebook page is reporting it as such. More fantastic artwork.
And then there’s…
Bell’s This one goes to 11 Ale – Exact details unknown, but it appears this 12oz bottle is the successor to Bell’s Batch 10,000. From the label itself: “When you get to batch 10,000, where can you go? You go one louder. The deep amber color of this Imperial Red Ale is complimented with a robust, sweet, toasted malt character that finds balance with a bolder, pronounced hop flavor. In other words, it pushes over the cliff to 11.”
At first I thought it looked kitschy, but upon further review I kinda like it.
Goose Island Bramble Rye Bourbon County Stout – Details again unknown, but this keg label does tell us that it’s stout aged in rye whiskey barrels with raspberries and blackberries. I think we can all breath easy when it comes to the Bourbon County brand as one that Goose is not going to let AB touch.
Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Porter – Lots of info on the back of this 750ml label, but no ABV? The maple/bacon thing has been done to varying degrees of success, but Rogue’s, based in Newport, OR, has several things going for it: Bacon + maple + giant guy on the label who looks like he just snatched a pig and is going to drop it in his beer mug = Sold.