Saturday, November 28, 2009

Home Brewed Harvest 2009

This is the latest chapter in our tale of a journey, .... an adventure...
















In preparation for the holidays my oldest son  brewed some special holiday beers with a friend, and once again he asked me to work on the labels. I am delighted to be able to collaborate with him despite the many miles that separate us (me in California and he currently in Texas). I blogged about the first labels earlier this summer (Home brewed...).  Here is the latest chapter in our story...

The latest brews were released to celebrate Thanksgiving. The wild names of the different brews are totally from the creative imaginations of my son and his co-brewmaster.  Note that these batches were not made from kits -- the contents are their own new recipes from scratch! For the labels, I started with some sketches of the artwork that my son sent me, and adapted them to the hand crafted label design that we developed earlier in the year. I fell in love with the fly that my son drew for the Winter Buzz -- the fly has quite a personality! 

Reindeer Fuel:  a Bourbon Oak Barrel Stout

Reindeer Fuel Extra:  a Bourbon Oak Barrel Stout with extra Bourbon additive for 'extra kick'


Winter Buzz (or 'The 10th Plague'): a Coffee Porter 


Holiday 2009 neck-hugger:

... what will they dream up next ???? ....

9 comments:

Scrappy Cat said...

My goodness, these are fun labels - and how special to be collaborating with your son on this!!

Laure Ferlita said...

These are so much fun, Claire! And you're right about that fly having personality in spades!

AutumnLeaves said...

Great labels indeed! I love the play on words with the fly label too! I can't wait to hear what Ryan comes up with next!

Krista Meister said...

Claire, these are awesome! Love your illustrations and your son must be pleased! My brother-in-law just started making his own wine and has approached me about making labels for him. I'd never heard of such a thing until you started doing it. You really need to market your illustration skills!

Kelly said...

Oh my gosh....these are priceless!! I'm so glad you posted them. How cool you can help your son out!

Mary Paquet said...

Claire, I love these labels!! What a very special collaboration with your son. Krista is right -- you have terrific illustration skills.

Also, I love the brush work in "Leaving my comfort zone." Interestingly, lots of people would be intimidated by figures more than architecture. Your ballerinas and gesture paintings are beautiful.

Krista Meister said...

P.S.: I’ve left an award for you on my blog - Come and see!
-Krista
www.kristameister.com

Ryan McFeely said...

Prosit! its German for cheers! This will be the style and feel for all craft beer produced by me! Thanks!

Robin said...

These labels are so cool!