Thanks in part to the Session, this week's Best (no worst) is a short one, starting with this certificate sent out by Kickstarted brewery Pipeworks to their funders, watermarked for paranoia reasons:
Cool, old-timey style mixed with a new-school color scheme. We see hops used well as decorative elements in the Victorian style frame, what appears to be Das Boot filled with beer in front of a tank, and of course pen-and-ink depictions of the founders. Nothing wrong with a little design to tide us over until the beers get here.
As mentioned, there is no worst this week. Instead, we have the new label for the ever-anticipated Surly Darkness.
This year’s label, indeed, looks nasty thanks to the steady hand of Michael Bergland. Bergland works for MNFX, an agency based in Minneapolis.
It's definitely nasty and in keeping with the horror theme Surly likes to use. A bit on the zombie side this time, with the "They Thirst" on the right referencing John Carpenter's awesomely campy They Live.
Okay, that's all for the week. Next week I promise to post the long-awaited Weyerbacher interview.
This weekend, as you drink delicious beer and possibly see great art and design, remember your long weekend is in memory of the generations of workers that endured violence, exploitation and unimaginable conditions to bring our society that most elusive of keystones: A thriving middle class.