So, I’ve affixed labels to the Farmhouse Eleven. I think they turned out pretty well. They were kind of big (since the text is so small), so they only went on the bomber bottles. The OG (1.055), FG (1.010), and ABV (6.19%) are written in pencil on the side.
I changed the label a bit by taking out the color out of the movie screenshot and altering the quote on the bottom to be more accurate (yes, I am a dork).
Fellow internet beer geek and independent music aficionado Zac Early, wrote up a nice post about beer labels and album covers the other day. You should check it (and the rest of his blog) out here. He has created some pretty cool labels for his own homebrews. A favorite of mine is the one he made for his “Big Black Bitter.”
Thanks for the shout-out, yo. Nice labels. It makes me want to design my own again.
No pro’lem, Mang. Designing labels is a lot of fun, for sure. Even if the recipes aren’t totally original, at least I can put a personal stamp on the beer in my own little way.
I thought about the originality of your brews. At first, I was all “But that’s Northern Brewer’s recipe and it already has a name.” It was the same reason I refused to label and name my first beer, a NB kit itself.
Then, I considered that it actually is your beer. First of all, the water will be unique and as I’m sure you understand as a Coloradan, water makes a difference. Then, I thought about the execution of the recipe placing a stamp on the brew. I have known too many homebrewers who have botched other people’s recipes to not recognize that each brewer brews a unique beer.
So, it’s your beer. Name it and label how you like.
I’m interested in what you all come up with next.
Right on; I can appreciate looking at it in that way! We have added a few other personal touches to some of our beers, like an additional dry hop addition and using cacao nibs in the stout. This saison is the only recipe so far to go completely by the book (except for a boilover). I imagine we will get more and more adventurous with the grain bill and hop additions as we gain experience.