Recently, the (unsanctioned) CBS Boston Craft Beer Panel got to chatting about some of the awesome beer labels that Massachusetts breweries have been cranking out.
While we often find time to appreciate the actual products, our (unsanctioned) crew has not done due justice in its appreciation of the fantastic artwork that goes hand-in-hand with the craft. So, we pulled a bunch of labels and took a vote.
In no particular order, here
is an excuse for us to buy more local craft beer are eighteen labels that are among the greatest in Massachusetts craft beer.
1. Battle Road Brewing Company “1775″
Battle Road Brewing Company contracts out of Ipswich. Their signature beer, 1775 Tavern Ale is a tribute to the legend that much of the U.S. Revolution was planned over beers.
2. Slumbrew “Lobstah Killah”
Putting the name “Lobster” on a beer has been done. But, with a deranged lobster fleeing the scene of an inferno, Slumbrew’s label offers a not-so-subtle hint that at 8.0 % ABV, the Lobstah Killah Imperial Red Ale packs a pretty potent punch.
3. Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project “Lovely Saint Winefride”
The story goes that Saint Winefride had her head lopped off when she decided to become a nun. It was reattached and she made a miraculous full recovery. Just the same, Pretty Things was hoping that its German “Brown” pre-war style lager that is Lovely Saint Winefride, makes a miraculous comeback in popularity.
4. Nightshift Brewing Company “Jojo”
The Nightshift Brewing Company’s night owl logo is pretty simple, but pretty cool. And it makes perfect sense.
5. Clown Shoes Beer “Miracle Mike”
Sadly, Miracle Mike is no longer in production. But, out of all Clownshoes’ spectacular and sometimes controversial labels, this one was probably the coolest. We actually met Miracle Mike at a beer festival. He’s a real guy, and he was in full costume. He drives forklift in the Clownshoes warehouse. How many people do you know who can say their face is on a beer label? Also cool – a portion of the proceeds from this brew went to charity.
6. Berkshire Brewing Company “Lost Sailor IPA”
What do you do with a drunken sailor? Put him on the label of Berkshire Brewing Company’s Lost Sailor IPA, that’s what.