April 19, 2011

Rene Magritte Would Have Loved Facebook

Wendy at Vanberg & DeWulf reached out and asked me to take a look at some of their Belgian artwork. One poster in particular caught my eye:
I'm a huge Rene Magritte fan, so this Dupont poster is a huge want for me. It's put together by Doyle Partners, who once did the work for Ommegang. It references this wonderful bit of surrealism:
Technically, he's right. It's not a pipe, it's a picture of a pipe.

I've been trying to figure out if there is other label art from Hampton, GA's Jailhouse Brewing Co., because their label for Midnight Special is awesome:
Great pencil-and-ink piece that's sort of an interpretation of The Polar Express-meets-The Great Escape. The overhead perspective makes the train seem enormous, and the inmate seem surprised and the whole scene magical, as if the train is a fantastic visitor. Anyway, if any of you find other label art by them, please let me know.

Some news and notes:

Summit goes retro to celebrate the Cullen-Harrison Act
Eddie Morman's Abita Bottle paintings

Lastly, as some of you may have noticed, I'm closing in on one year writing about the branding, design and art of craft beer. I've added a Facebook page on the right, and if you enjoy this, I'd appreciate it if those of you with FB accounts could "like" it. For those of you cringing along with me, I'll explain:

I like writing about beer art and business. I think it's important, I take it seriously, and I want to get better. For people like me trying to make a vocation - or at least a more successful avocation - out of beer writing, the strength of our personal brand is what we trade on. There are things about that that are unmeasurable, of course, but the measurable things are easier to point to, and one of those is "likes." Also, and far more importantly, as I try and separate my beer writing from the rest of the things I do, it'll allow me to make sure you get the content you actually want and care about. I'll be linking more articles and posting polls and such on there, so think of it as a way for me to get more content to your beer-art-loving faces.

Man, we really live in the future.