But not full enough.
The best beer art of the week is from two sources. The first is a Scottish brewery called Tryst, of which I became aware through a post on Fuggled. They make a beer called the Raj IPA. Here's the art:
|Rudyard Kipling loved this beer.|
I can't figure out who did the label art, but I like the color, action and vaguely exotic look they've captured.
Other best beer art of the week is stateside and comes via the Lovely Package blog from the Boulder canning brewery Upslope:
Top Rope Mexican-style lager, according to the blog:
... has been available on tap at Centro for some time now. Centro requested a can design for Top Rope based on the Mexican Lucha Libre Imagery that is used as part of the restaurant decor and promotional materials.
Design is by John Carlson Design, for which I can find no site, but I like the clean, bright use of the Lucha Libre (Mexican wrestling) mask.
The worst of the week may seem like kind of a gimme, but trust me, it hurts:
Okay, I love Natty Light. It's a personal history thing, but believe me, I have no desire to demean that fine institution of cheap swill. Still, this sucks. First, "Natty Daddy"? That barely rhymes and sounds ridiculous. What, was "Natty" just too classy by itself? Okay, so then we add the fact the "Natty" and "Daddy" are in wildly different fonts, at different angles, overlapping each other, and only one is what we call distressed (it looks like it's rubbing off). Sure, sometimes contrast is good. Sometimes it highlights elements. Here it looks like Daddy had too many Nattys, then passed out at his computer and his 5-year old son came in to finish it.
Then, we add "PONIES" in yet a third font, which is an all-caps military stencil similar to the "Daddy" font but slightly different. "Ponies" is not a badass word, and trying to make it one leaves one looking silly. We can tell from the fact that the cans are tiny, and from the government-regulated "8 oz" text, that they're small. Was another font, background, alignment and word really necessary? And, now that we're doing this... you do remember that you're Natty, right? You're not Labatt, or Hurricane, or Gatorade, or any of the other brands for whom this label art makes sense. You're the ones who gave us this:
|Hotlinked from Ratebeer. It's Natty, dude.|
Let's just remember who we are, okay?
Also, the CANFEST Blogger contest is here again. You may recall that my passionate missive about cans last year lost not-so-narrowly to the creative and awesome Lost in the Beer Aisle. I'm not entering this year since I couldn't go if I won, but as a can lover and blog-supporter, here are your contestants:
- Sarah at the relatively new Hoppy Beer Girl (an homage to the scientific benefits of cans)
- Kendall Jones at Washington Beer Blog (a very long, impassioned piece)
- Mike at BrewDad (essay "written" by his child, including adorable picture)
- Gerard Walen at Road Trips For Beer (he went on a beerless trip this year, and wants us to even that out)
- The Girl From Arizona says this combines her favorite things of travel and beer
- Sean Inman at Beer Search Party draws us a map
- Kelly at the BLager has a list of qualifications, including a love for puns.
- The wonderful and talented cartoonist Em Sauter at Pints and Panels (once interviewed by the Pour Curator), creates a cartoon for her case.
- And lastly, Beer Drinker Rob, of Daily Beer Review, is a beer blogger friend and fellow beer art appreciator.
Voting is open until next Friday. Honestly, this will be tough for me. These represent some of my favorite bloggers, and I like them all. I don't know if I can bring myself to make an endorsement, but perhaps someone will contact me with a compelling
bribe case in the next few days.
Three more links for your weekend:
- As a followup to my comments discussion with Eric, Entrepreneur examines how Portland has made an economy out of beer.
- Horst Dornbusch makes a compelling case for less importing - and travel in general - in beer.
- Shamless self-promotion: If you haven't yet checked out my slideshows for Men's Health's new site, they are here and here.