You can say the name of this Hefeweizen from Burbank’s Trustworthy Brewing in a flat map app voice or remember back to the days of paper Thomas Guides. Either way, for our freeway pocked landscape, that is a great name.
A. It is always good to see pilsners, especially Italian styled versions.
B. Very cool of Green Cheek to pay homage by naming the beer after the year they think they can make it as well as TipoPils.
What a cool pandemic related name. Plus it matches NE hazy perfectly. The fading letters is a great touch. Plus Moonraker has been known to make a good hoppy beer.
New Image Brewing strikes the right balance in their beer / mead hybrid, Quarantiki. And that is why they are the first featured breweries this month. They have combined with the honeyed folks at Four Fires Meadery to create this braggot that has a couple of cocktails worth of ingredients like pineapple, pomegranate, coconut, orange zest, coffee and honey in this 12% ABV tiki inspired drink.
I am not a fan of copyright infringement or cheap branding ideas but I do like the name of this beer from Listermann Brewing Company…
…yeah, the image is janky and crossing movie franchises in a bad way but the name is golden. “I’ve had it with these motherfucking IPAs at this motherfucking brewery” is just funny even if hidden in a weird vertical format.
Speaking of lightsabers, a better and fully executed concept comes from Swamp Head Brewery with their Imperial Entanglement…
…brewed for May the Fourth, the design is simple but I really like the addition of their tree logo to the star field and the tie fighter look is retro arcade which is super cool superimposed on the Death Star.
OK, I lied in the March table of contents post because, we return to Oregon for the beer names / beer labels highlight for the month. Both of these beers, despite the disparate styles sound like a good pairing to me but I really like the juvenile wordplay for the Coasted Toconut and then the old school ‘fridge graphic for the pastry stout. Kudos to Hopworks Urban Brewery.
Gonna inaugurate a new monthly feature where I highlight great beer names (paired with great design, hopefully) on SoCal beers that you should be on the lookout for. The initial pair is below…
Kinda sad that this is needed….
…but thankfully Carla Jean Lauter has made this fun and it can be easily used. You can get one for yourself, right HERE.
Winner of best holiday beer name this year is….
Office Party from Abita Brewing in Louisiana. Labeled a holiday stout, this beer is “brewed with oats, pale, caramel, and chocolate malts, and is hopped with Willamette hops. Generous amounts of cocoa nibs, cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg are added to infuse the spirit of the holidays into this limited release.”
I could/should probably devote this post to Brewdog and their “humor” website for their new TV “channel” but let’s skip over that for now and focus on some bad beer names that need improvement.
Why? Because I am tired of names that appear to have been spur of the moment choices.
Let me add that I am skipping over the Blonde Ale category. I now expect sexist names for those and I feel the style has been taken to the woodshed enough and will have to be again.
Dewey Beer – Single for the Summer
Promoting infidelity? How about Party of One instead? That sounds less on the prowl.
Southern Grist – [Insert Juicy Pun]
I see what you are doing there, how very meta? How about educating? Citra Guava IPA or Mosaic Mango?
Chaos Mountain – Squatch Ale
I know there are too many Sasquatch names beers so how about finding a new mythical creature.
Boss Dog – Millenial Hipster
Wow. Two words that both are so overused that I nearly cringe into a ball. How about instead finding a niche culture and name a beer after it? Maybe Westminster Winner?
Now are the above beer names bad or lazy, not really, but they are missed opportunities for more creativity.
After watching too many re-runs of old(ish) SNL skits with Stefon and Miss Rafferty, I thought of weird connections and how even the non-sensical can be extremely funny. Combine that with puns that breweries like to use and the results can be strange.
Here are four that struck me as funny….
Mr. Trash Wheel’s Lost Python Ale – Peabody Heights
Hilma Vanilla Burger Fries IIPA – Omnipollo
Psychedelic Cat Grass – Shorts Brewing
Perishable Produce – Block 15