Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Another From Adam

(I apologize, I forgot to post this as soon as he sent it.  Still great stuff.)

He says it best, so I'll just use his words:
My latest beer was inspired by World War One intrigue. Ever since I saw organic agave nectar at Trader Joe's, I've been trying to think of a way to incorporate it into a beer. With the weather turning warmer I was thinking of brewing a standard American Wheat beer when I thought of the agave nectar again and it struck me! I used Bavarian yeast, noble hops, agave instead of honey, and rice flakes instead of oats. The inspiration was the Zimmerman Telegram (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zimmermann_Telegram) which was the German Empire's diplomatic attempt to draw Mexico and Japan into WWI against the United States.

I call the beer "Zimmerman Decoded", it's an Axis of Evil in a bottle.

I've attached two more images to the email that are labels for my chili beer. I use to call it Loco Gringo until my wife requested it for her 40th birthday. I changed it to "Hot @ Forty." You can see from the cap labels I sent you that I pulled the chili graphic out to print onto the 3/4 inch rounds.

Once during Prohibition I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water.
W.C. Fields


Sunday, April 3, 2011

Adam Woehler, Part Two

Here is another homebrewer, and a previous submitter, who took the Cap Label and ran with it.  I love the Chili lable, very creative:

I took the inspiration from your March 1 post about the cap labels.  I love the idea and I'm using it on everything I brew.  Attached are pics of the cap labels for my chili beer and my dry hopped cream ale.

I found packs of 1,008 3/4 inch round labels at Office Depot for less than $7.  Download the template, fill in the circles, and print.

Thanks for the great idea!


Friday, March 11, 2011

Mystic Lady

I must apologize to @platypotamus, as it took for forever to notice that he sent me the links as a Direct Message.  But here is the label/bottle for his Belgian Dubbel- Mystic Lady.

Check out his blog and write up (with recipe) here. He has a great blog that deals with homebrewing and includes many good sounding recipes.

Here is another set of labels that he made. Check out here.
About a month back, we were having some neighbors over for a party, and I wanted to have some decent labels ready to slap on my homebrew bottles. Instead of stressing over coming up with the perfect concept for each label, I just decided to relax and have fun with them.
I ended up cranking out all three of these the night before our party, and I’m pretty happy with the way they turned out. The Chocolate Moo’k Stout (which is really a chocolate vanilla bourbon milk stout, technically) was probably the favorite of the night.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Little Devil Belgian Paleo Ale

Little Devil Belgian Paleo Ale
I had brewed a Belgian Pale Ale, somewhat inspired by Duvel, thus 'Little 
Devil.'  'Pale Ale' morphed into 'Paleo Ale', so I made a label to represent 
what some caveman in Paleolithic Belgium might have drawn on the wall to 
depict the Little Devil responsible for fermenting his beer.  I'm assuming 
said caveman didn't know what yeast was.

-Mick Spencer

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Bottle Cap Label

The label today comes from Jacob Davis.  He employs the Cap Label, forgoing the label on the bottle for a "surface that is going to end in the trash anyways".  This has been something I have been kicking around, and think it is a great alternative.

I wanted a label that I wouldn't have to worry about taking off or fussing with again, so why not a surface that was going to end in the trash anyway? That is the first trial, I couldn't get the OG to fit on there because of printing issues, but I plan on adding that and color for my next beer. Labels are available here: http://www.onlinelabels.com/OL5275.htm but a word to the wise, don't use their proprietary online software to make it - just use the Microsoft word template

- Jacob Davis
 Make sure to check out some of his other photos on flickr.  Who doesn't like to check out Homebrew pictures?

Monday, February 21, 2011

A collection by Zac Early

I was just sent some awesome Homebrew Labels from Zac Early out of Columbia, Missouri. Great to see homebrewers with some awesome artistic ability.  Here's his stuff/description:

The Wowee Zowee label is a big, sticky DIPA I did in commemoration of the Pavement album by the same name. The second image is of a barley wine I brewed in honor of my kid's first birthday. It's called Never Forget Barley Wine. She was born on 9/11 and I wanted to play with that date without creating something too offensive.

Never Forget

Wowee Zowee

He also has these labels posted on his blog, Building International Coalitions Through Beer and Pavement.  He is starting to use a stamper for the labels, great idea- anyone else use do labels this way?  On to the labels:

Big Black Bitter

Treble Kicker- First Rubber Stamp Label

I'd like to thank Greg at the Pour Curator for pointing us out to Zac.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Amarillo Armadillo

Ever since I started on my search for great beer, I have been a hop head.  One of the most intriguing flights of beer I ever had, was the Mikkeller Single Hop series.  I found out more about the different hops than I ever imagined.  One hop that I found that was a standout, was the Amarillo. I didn't know much about it before then, but have definitely enjoyed it since. So when it came time to brew an IPA, I decided to brew a single hop Amarillo IPA.  The name Amarillo Armadillo popped in my head as I was brewing, and it just stuck (I loved the alliteration).