One of the more niche areas of label art are beers built to honor a specific person or thing. There have been a few in the last few months, such as Asheville Brewing Company's Moog Unfiltered:
Bob Moog Memorial Foundation, which is essentially dedicated to honoring and proliferating synthesizer music skills (someone has to). Outside of the cool tie to a cause, the label art is pretty sweet. The use of bright colors and the various mechanical/musical shapes behind Bob visually recreates the synth music his invention made possible. The gray circuit board and red cord set the image off from the black background, and the techno type face completes the look.
On a slightly different musical note, Ninkasi's Maiden the Shade honored the stylings of Steve Harris and British metal band Iron Maiden.
Here's a fairly representative image of Iron Maiden's branding style:
Dogfish Head had the honor of releasing a Miles Davis tribute, Bitches Brew
And then there's Abita, which has sadly had the opportunity to make beers not just tributes but causes. You may remember the post-Katrina Restoration Pale Ale. Well, now there's the Save Our Shore Charitable Pilsner, $0.75 from each sale of which will go to aid cleanup efforts in the Gulf.
and is still happening) in the Gulf. Obviously the importance is nothing compared to the cause it supports, but the entire site and Web design that went into to the campaign is really very impressive artistically. I encourage you to take a moment and look at it; the people at Innovative Advertising, LLC have really done something good with this campaign. Unlike some other sites, it doesn't bombard with imagery so much as it uses the simple color scheme and some easy characters to present an idyllic image that could easily be lost to everyone who lives in the area.