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New beer – Bazyliszek Mordor — February 12, 2015

New beer – Bazyliszek Mordor

Browar Bazyliszek from Warsaw is another pretty interesting craft brewery from Poland. Its latest brew is their second Russian Imperial Stout with pretty cool name: MORDOR.

I quite admire their portfolio so I´m adding batch of their labels to the post as well and I´m not sure. They are very clever and funny but I don´t know if I like them or not. The brewery logo is perfect but the mix of photography and hand graphic… See for yourself.

Browar Bazyliszek facebook page 

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Three new beers from central Europe. Styles and tastes may vary. — November 10, 2014

Three new beers from central Europe. Styles and tastes may vary.

European craft beer scene is booming! We can see couple of very interesting new beers almost every week and I´m eager to try them all even it´ll be very diffilcut. 🙂 This week I discovered these three and this time even the labels are amazing! The first one is from Poland, second one is Austrian and the third is from CZ.

Hops, Dearh and Taxes is Spanish Cedar Aged Black IPA by Piwne Podziemie (Beer Underground) – quite new craft brewers from Rozdzalow, Chelm (near Lublin, PL). By the label I can say that these guys are absolutely nuts and I´d love to see more of their beers.

Austrian Bevog Brewery from Bad Radkersburg is one of the few craft breweries in the country outside Vienna. I love their labels and this one (reminding me a movie Where the Wild things are) is their best. Excellent. A I thing that the beer will be as good too.

The last new beer for today is one of the few Czech Saisons. Saisons are not yet very much popular here because their complicated taste and maybe because it´s very far from classic Czech lager in taste as beer can be. So Snajdr craft brewery is trying to change this and I´m big fan of it.

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Five more absolutely ridiculous Polish beer labels. — November 6, 2014

Five more absolutely ridiculous Polish beer labels.

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I admire and love Polish craft beer. I really do. But sometimes I just wonder who makes some of it. 🙂 Don´t get me wrong I am not complaining much – I am quite thrilled. Look at these labels from breweries Podgorz and Chmelarium. Funny? Amateur? Artsy? Ridiculous?

I know that it´s pretty hard to sell craft beer in Poland, country where beer culture is not as developed as we might want, so I suppose that these labels aim to catch some attention between non-beer geeks. But still… Maybe I´m old fashioned but please pay more attention to label design – bad fonts and clipart won´t do much.

So, what do you think?

sources and thanks to: Male piwko blog, Chmelowisko

P.S. Pssssst, okay, I admit – Sniezny kockodan is perfect… 😀

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5+1 Monday Beer Readings (7) — May 5, 2014

5+1 Monday Beer Readings (7)

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Craft Beer Branding Wars: 10 BREWERIES THAT HAVE STEPPED UP THEIR PACKAGING GAME
http://firstwefeast.com/
Since the 1970s, the number of craft breweries operating in the U.S. has skyrocketed from less than 100 to more than 2,500. That’s promising news for the industry as a whole, but if you’re a new upstart fighting for recognition—or an older outfit trying to stay relevant—it spells fierce competition. Go to any beer store—or even the local bodega—and you’ll be inundated by choice. Which of the 60 different IPAs on offer are you going to pick? In craft beer, as in any business, branding matters. But rather than relying on million-dollar Super Bowl commercials and sponsorships to push their product, most small breweries duke it out on the shelves simply with cool bottles and cans. If you’re as into label art as we are, it’s exciting is to see how these brands create visual identities to match the creativity of their beers.

The attack of Haynau: “Down with the Austrian butcher!”
http://hopbot.co/
The Spring of Nations took Europe by storm. People for various reasons from different background thought it was time to act. From Paris to Debrecen people fought for what they thought was right against their opressor, military officials like Julius Jacob von Haynau. In 1801 he started his military career in the Austrian army, rose quickly in the ranks and when the revolutionary insurrections of 1848 broke out in Italy, Haynau was selected to command troops to suppress them. He is still known as the “Hangman of Arad“, the “Hyena of Brescia” or just simply as “The Butcher” He had earned his delightful moniker by torturing prisoners and flogging women while suppressing revolts in Italy and Hungary. But this is a beer blog, so why do I write all about this you ask? I get to it now.

Pop the Top: The 15 Best Canned Beers
http://hiconsumption.com/
There’s no denying that cans are more convenient than bottles. Cans are lighter, less breakable, and they’re also better for the environment. But canned beers come with a stigma–that they all taste metallic and are, therefore, inferior to bottled brews. This may have been the case when canned beers were first introduced in 1935, but both brewing and canning technologies have come a long way since then, right? There are now a growing number of canned suds that satisfy. Even Samuel Adams began canning their brews in 2013, paving the way for smaller craft breweries to follow the trend. But now when you go into your local beverage center, you might see a wall of beer which all look similar–which includes the less-tasty offerings from the big brewers. In fact, some of the big guys are now masking their mediocre beer with a craft-style can design (we’re looking at you, Anheuser-Busch). So without further ado, here are the 15 best canned beers.

Mexican craft beer a Cinco de Mayo review
http://www.examiner.com/
With Cinco de Mayo coming up Sunday, May 5, a look at the state of affairs of Mexican craft beer is in order. Mexican beer has come a long way from the pale yellow fizzy lagers like Corona and Tecate. In today’s Mexico, craft brewers are setting up shop in and around major cities like Mexico City, Tijuana and Guadalajara. These pioneers have seen the craft beer craze sweep through the United States and seek to bring the great flavors of Mexico to artfully crafted ales. In an article by Yahoo Food editor Rachel Tepper, John Holl, editor of All About Beer Magazine, explained, “We’re seeing stouts, Belgian-style ales, tripels, beers that have local ingredients in with the mash,” Holl explained. “I think local ingredients can really be everything. Beers are brewed with cactus. Beers are aged in tequila barrels, or with spices that might go into certain local dishes.”

5 unlikely celebrities with some skin in the craft beer game
http://hopbox.co/
Ever wonder what celebrities do with their spare time and money? We’ve all heard stories about Charlie Sheen taking a hit of the devil’s dandruff and threatening porn stars. Justin Bieber might get a little high, hurl some eggs at his neighbor’s house, and then blame cocaine possession on his African American friend when the cops show up. Should we go on? Some celebrities, however, are productive, participating members of the community. And not just any community, we’re talking the craft beer community we’ve all come to know and love. In fact, we did a little research and put together a list of 5 celebrity-backed beers you’ve probably never heard of but should know about. There are some unlikely names in here, so get ready.

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Cicero´s Beer School Podcast
http://www.cicerosbeerschool.com/
Live beer tasting with the Brewmasters! Cicero’s Beer School has been rocking St Louis since 2006. Share the thirst for knowledge, right here. Or join us at Cicero’s Restaraunt in The Loop, 6691 Delmar, St Louis, MO 63130.

Beskydský pivovárek – Black Magic IPA — April 25, 2014

Beskydský pivovárek – Black Magic IPA

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A new IPA emerged from my beloved Beskydsky pivovarek in Ostravice. This time it´s Black IPA and label design is connected with witches or more precisely with Walpurgis Night that is celebrated in Central and Northern Europe April 30th with dancing and bonfires.

This celebration (originated in Germany) in the Czech Republic is called pálení čarodějnic (“burning of the witches”) or čarodějnice (“the witches”), and it is the day when winter is ceremonially brought to the end by the burning of rag and straw witches or just broomsticks on bonfires around the country. The festival offers Czechs the chance to eat, drink and be merry around a roaring fire.

On sale: April 24th 2014

Hayao Miyazaki beer label — April 18, 2014

Hayao Miyazaki beer label

I love studio Ghibli and Miyazaki movies. And now I love it even more!

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http://boingboing.net/
“I could (and probably will) write an essay about all the ways in which the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo is amazing and totally different from the usual museum (shortlist: limited capacity managed through waiting lists instead of price-hikes; exhibits that are intended to be handled, even the fragile ones; no cult of personality for founders; emphasis on both wonder and production; modest and beautifully stocked shop; overall non-commercial emphasis; quirkiness that is commensurate with the actual films), but for now, I’ll leave you with this: the beautiful Miyazaki-esque beer-labels from the hot-dog and ice-cream stand.”
Miyazaki beer label, Ghibli Museum, Tokyo, Japan (photo by Cory Doctorow)

Clock brewery unveiled their first label design — April 1, 2014

Clock brewery unveiled their first label design

1795906_684277544947173_1003682571_oThe soon-to-be-open brewery in Potštejn is finishing their preparations. Today, they published first label design for (probably) their very first beer – bohemian pilsener called “Echt dvanáctka” – something like “The real twelve”. Personally I really do hope that the taste of the beer will be much better than the graphic taste of their designer. I should know it by June when the Clock brewery will present their beer in Hradec Kralove in its first Pivobrani.

 

UPDATE: It seems that this could be an April´s Fool hoax. I wish that was true! And If so, well played Clock, well played! 🙂