A few new beer label approvals, all courtesy of beernews.org.
First Up: The Karl Strauss Whistler Imperial Pils
This image keeps with Karl Strauss' simple, American Realist style, using a beacon and one-color palate on the natural-toned label paper. Very much in keeping with the style of the brewery. The fade out of the red over the sea gives a nice, ominous feeling to the sea, accentuated by the rings representing the warning signal.
The 7.5% ABV Whistler will be the second beer in the Coastal Reserve Series, joining the Hokusai-influenced the Big Barrel Double IPA:
Okay, onto Odell's St. Lupulin XPA:
From the beernews release: "Lupulin (loop-you-lin) is the yellow resin in a hop cone that contains extraordinary oils that create flavor and aroma. The name St. Lupulin was inspired by a mystical legend of the archetypal hophead who devoted endless summers tending to endless rows of hops and their flowers."
I love it when breweries come up with backstories for the figures on their beers. Some take this to an extreme (like Ska, who bases their entire art story on an unwritten comic book), but even small stories are awesome. In the case of this artwork, they've clearly delved into the traditional Irish legend and hagiographic work, like that found in illuminated manuscripts or fantasy paintings. Here's your fun fact of the day: One of the more respected fantasy artists of the 19th century was Charles Altamont Doyle, father of Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle:
Lastly, I wanted to link the Central Waters Illumination Double IPA: