February 1, 2011
An Interview With Beer Comic Artist Em Sauter
ES: I do comics about beer because I love beer. I don't consider it spreading myself thin because it would be really great to be labeled as the "girl that does beer comics." Drawing beer comics helps me learn more about beer so I can appear fresh and knowledgeable every week (doing Vicki Stowe is helping me learn about homebrewing and the history of microbrewing in America).
PC: Stan Hieronymus referenced you, in his response to the "Why do we blog" kerfuffle Andy Crouch set off, as an example of how different beer blogs can be. Do you see the "sequential tradition" beer blogging as something you'll be doing for a long time, or as more of a temporary endeavor?
ES: Oh I love Stan. The man really knows his stuff and he makes me want to be a better beer geek. Pints and Panels is my first love, comics wise. If I can do Pints and Panels until I die, I’d be happy. I mean, it’s two things that I really am passionate about: beer and comics. When you get to combine two things you love to form one entity, it’s a pretty exciting thing. I mean, I was just driving around in my car and said, “wow a beer review comic would be cool” (and I’m pretty sure other people have told me to do this and I’ve always shrugged them off....it’s so weird how in life you really need to learn things for yourself sometimes) and then my boyfriend just said “Pints and Panels” for the title like he had been thinking of it for years. And I just went online, bought the domain name and that’s how it started. A year ago, I never thought I would be doing Pints and Panels. Now I can’t think of doing anything else.
There's an amazing artist, Ron Rege Jr., that does a Yeast Hoist beer with St. Sebastiaan Golden Ale from Brouwerij Sterkens in Belgium. Every beer comes in a screen-printed earthenware jug with an edition of his comic "Yeast Hoist" (he's up to issue 15). The comic is abstract and the beer is refreshing and light, a great Belgian Abbey ale. It's the best example by far of comics and beer I've come across. Other non-comic labels I have been attracted to simply for the aestethic quality is the bottle of Love and Regret Saison I bought that Stillwater Artisanal Ales put out...great color and use of Victorian imagery and Uinta’s Crooked Line beer labels - each label done by a different local Salt Lake City artist.