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:
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:
Some news and notes:
- Jay at Homebrew Labels has the work of Jacob Davis, who uses cap labels in his homebrewing. A functional idea, to be sure, but I wonder if there isn't an opportunity for commercial designery?
- Brian at The Baltimore Beer Guy had the details on Evolution's new tap handle. Apparently it's eco-friendly and made from sustainable Guatemalan mangrove, though one commenter notes that shipping probably makes it less eco-friendly than one made from harvested sticks in the Jersey woods. Looks great, though.
- Consumerist has the head of Coors saying Coors Light will pass Budweiser as second overall in the US beer market. Hooray.
- Armin at Brand New takes a look at the new Carlsberg bottle.
- Brady at Crafted has a great piece of French social media advertising ingenuity in the beer world.
- And my usual slew of links to beer art Jay Brooks found:
|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.