A relative newcomer to the craft beer scene of upstate New York is Rochester's Three Heads Brewing. Their label art thus far is by Allen Firlit, an illustrator without a website, but whose Googling result shows is an art teacher and a grad of RIT. His art, as we shall see, is stylistically interesting and distinctive.
But first, the logo:
The '60s theme continues with their IPA, The Kind:
Now to the most adorable skunk you'll ever see:
Noonan Black Ale style (I really hate the idea of any term that describes something as both "black" and "pale"). Once again, we will assume no intentional use of marijuana puns. This skunk has big, cute eyes and his stripes even kind of have a fun, jagged bounce to them that reminds me of Mary GrandPre (who did the Harry Potter cover art in the US). Again we see Firlit's great composition, with the curves of both the skunk and the hop vines suggesting movement and drawing your eye around the piece.
Lastly, the Java Sutra:
For those geekishly into such things (i.e. me), I do have a question. The two appear to have switched places in the revelry; the hop flower is of course female, and the women's clothing is on the right side. But the coffee cup is on the right side as well, and the beer bottles are on the left. So did they roll around enough that everything was scattered? Were they enjoying each others' beverages before their romp? And is it me, or is the bean kind of angled away from the hop? Maybe it's running late for a meeting.
All in all, great work by Firlit. I look forward to seeing more stuff by him and Three Heads.