For my 2017 side project, I decided to marry three interests: design, beer, and history. The goal is to resurrect long closed breweries with a fresh look—every Monday through Friday. This #ResurrectSeries will dive into cities all over the U.S. starting with my local area of Albany, NY and Beverwyck Brewing Company.
Beverwyck Brewing opened in 1878 on North Ferry Street in Albany, NY. During this time Albany was listed as having 80 breweries. Yes, 80 breweries. Prohibition forced Beverwyck to use its non-alcoholic beverage license to stay open until 1933 when it reopened with beer. F.M. Schaefer & Sons Brewing Co. acquired Beverwyck in 1950 and eventually closed it down in 1972. 

Nothing too strict for any "facts" with this project. It is all in fun and the spirit of enjoying an ale together, so tall tales will likely grace a label or two. 
The Albany area wouldn't be anything without being on an early American "highway". Enter the Port—er of Albany at 8.5%
For #2 of the year, I am creating a collaboration that I assume would have eventually happened. Beverwyck Brewing and Meadow Brook Farm in Clarksville for a milk stout. I can remember some family getting the glass bottles delivered and the insulated metal box on the front steps. 
For #3 we explore the Albany Pine Bush; one of the largest of the 20 inland pine barrens in the world. So the obvious style for this ecological landmark is a double IPA. The Boy Scouts taught me to be prepared, so pack two for the trail.
The Troy board… or Toohey board? Called by either name, this type of dart board is from Troy, NY. With large diameter feathered wooden darts you would have to side step the shooting line to fit all three darts in a tight pattern. That is why the board has a larger bull and no triple. Being a solid basswood and double sided make these very long lasting for home or local pubs. If you want one there is a local business in Fonda, NY that sells them: Mohawk Dart Boards. My connection is quite a few family and friends having these in their basement rec-rooms. As a kid, I may have thrown a few darts from across the room—baseball style. *Sorry aunt Joyce & uncle Warren if you’re reading this.
The tale of the “baker’s dozen” is from Albany? Fable, fact, who cares. Below is the tale from Charles M. Skinner’s book Myths and Legends of our Own Land. For the style of beer, I thought a winter ale was in order. Along the same lines as a cookie ale; higher in alcohol and a bit sweeter.
"Baas [Boss] Volckert Jan Pietersen Van Amsterdam kept a bake-shop in Albany, and lives in history as the man who invented New Year cakes and made gingerbread babies in the likeness of his own fat offspring. Good churchman though he was, the bane of his life was a fear of being bewitched, and perhaps it was to keep out evil spirits, who might make one last effort to gain the mastery over him, ere he turned the customary leaf with the incoming year, that he had primed himself with an extra glass of spirits on the last night of 1654. His sales had been brisk, and as he sat in his little shop, meditating comfortably on the gains he would make when his harmless rivals—the knikkerbakkers (bakers of marbles)—sent for their usual supply of olie-koeks and mince-pies on the morrow, he was startled by a sharp rap, and an ugly old woman entered. "Give me a dozen New Year's cookies!" she cried, in a shrill voice. "Vell, den, you needn' sbeak so loud. I aind teaf, den." "A dozen!" she screamed. "Give me a dozen. Here are only twelve." "Vell, den, dwalf is a dozen." "One more! I want a dozen." "Vell, den, if you vant anodder, go to de duyvil and ged it." Did the hag take him at his word? She left the shop, and from that time it seemed as if poor Volckert was bewitched, indeed, for his cakes were stolen; his bread was so light that it went up the chimney, when it was not so heavy that it fell through the oven; invisible hands plucked bricks from that same oven and pelted him until he was blue; his wife became deaf, his children went unkempt, and his trade went elsewhere. Thrice the old woman reappeared, and each time was sent anew to the devil; but at last, in despair, the baker called on Saint Nicolaus to come and advise him. His call was answered with startling quickness, for, almost while he was making it, the venerable patron of Dutch feasts stood before him. The good soul advised the trembling man to be more generous in his dealings with his fellows, and after a lecture on charity he vanished, when, lo! the old woman was there in his place.

She repeated her demand for one more cake, and Volckert Jan Pietersen, etc., gave it, whereupon she exclaimed, "The spell is broken, and from this time a dozen is thirteen!" Taking from the counter a gingerbread effigy of Saint Nicolaus, she made the astonished Dutchman lay his hand upon it and swear to give more liberal measure in the future. So, until thirteen new States arose from the ruins of the colonies,—when the shrewd Yankees restored the original measure,—thirteen made a baker's dozen."
Next up: People's Brewing Company in Duluth, Minnesota. Peoples Brewing Company of Duluth was ahead of its time. Founded on socialist principles in 1907 by Martin Smith, F.G. Sandstedt, and Michael J. Gleeson, the brewery stood up to big beer long before it was hip to do so.
In the upper Midwest region, chiefly Minnesota and Wisconsin, we are accustomed to getting a small beer with our Bloody Marys, called a snit. In the 1950s vodka was scarce in the US mostly due to some shenanigans in Russia. Because of this, a relatively new drink, the Bloody Mary, was missing a main ingredient. Minnesotans, long known for their heartiness, gumption, and fondness for plaid, did not take well to the idea of not enjoying a Bloody Mary before going out to cut massive ice cubes out of the lakes. Creatively, they began making Bloody Marys with beer, something that was not experiencing a supply problem. But here’s the thing. The cans were typically 10 or 12 oz. of beer. To ensure ideal deliciousness of your Bloody Mary, you don’t want the entire beer in your drink. Minnesotans are also, let’s say “thrifty”. They wouldn’t want the extra beer just tossed out or wasted somehow. So the bartender would empty the rest of the beer can into a lowball or large shot glass and serve it to you with your Bloody Mary. *Cue angelic singing* The snit is born. 

*Folklore of the snit as explained on the blog Brunchkateers(dot)com 👆🍺
As I researched Minnesota, I found the sport of bandy. Since it’s cold there and you need to stay warm with anything possible, I created a bandy-wine beer to go with this type of game. Brief history below

Bandy is a winter sport that is the precursor to hockey. It is played on ice with a ball and non curved sticks, 11 players on the ice for each team, rink is the size of a football field, goalies have no stick, the goal is the size of a field hockey goal, and there is no side walls to stop the ball. Dating back to the 10th–11th centuries with the modern version in 18th century Russia.
To celebrate one of Duluth's famous (former) residents, we have a can of Zimmy Pale Ale. When he went electric in '65 there was a great shift in his music and his fans view. The Nobel prize was pretty impressive too.
Charles Schultz hailing from Saint Paul, is a point of pride for Minnesotans. People's Brewing would have no doubt given a nod to this iconic, homegrown artist.
Established in 1858, the brewery took its name from Shuter’s (or Shooter’s) Hill around which King and Duke Streets now extend. It was also variously called Klein’s Brewery or Englehardt’s Brewery after two of its proprietors. During its 34-year history, the brewery had several proprietors. It would be considered a micro brewery by todays standards, brewing about 500 barrels of production per year.
First of the third week in my resurrect beers series is a nod to the @torpedofactory a former actual factory that is now a museum and art center. Also wallop is a navy term for a devastating blow. Cheers VA 🍻
A weisse beer seemed fitting when crossed with Fox Mulder from the X files. His address is the show was given as apartment 42 2630 Hegal Place, Alexandria, VA 23242. Although not actual history, Shooter’s would have used this local reference to crate a unique brew. 
A place to visit while in Alexandria is Gadsby's Tavern. It had been a tavern prior to the Gadsby’s name, operating as Mason’s Ordinary. This was an interesting side note that “ordinary" was a term used for pubs or taverns in the 18th century. Opening in the 1770’s, its famous guests included: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison, and James Monroe. During its decline, the Metropolitan Museum of Art purchased its architectural contents for preservation and has the historic ballroom on display in NYC. The sign for the tavern had an image of a bunch of grapes which led to the nickname "bunch of grapes tavern".
Elixir Saison

This design was inspired by the Almanac bottles of Chad Michael though much less detailed (1 hour limit for each in my series). Some day I'll nail down that ornate style. A must visit in Alexandria is the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Shop. The business was started in 1792 by Edward Stabler. Potent potables for $600 Alex: Once the Civil War erupted, Alexandria was quickly occupied by Union troops – a fact noted in the Leadbeater business’ daybook. After the First Battle of Manassas, Union troops poured into Alexandria and the Apothecary’s books reported that many soldiers stood in line to buy “Hot Drops”, a cough expectorant containing paprika and alcohol. The drops sold for a cent each and sold over $1,000 in one day!
This could be compared to limited release brews with long lines outside just to snag the max allowed. I’m looking at you Tree House and Hill Farmstead.
Next week is Omaha, Nebraska and the forgotten brewery; Willow Springs. From what I could find, it was in business from 1900–1923.
Must be in the Front Row Blonde Ale
The home of the college baseball World Series has been Omaha since 1950. Pair that with the classic line of Bob Ueker and you have the first beer for this week of my 2017 project. Check my website or other shots for the full lineup so far for the Resurrect Beer Series. For this week I am trying to have a more consistent look for the packaging; adhering to the logo's diagonal shadow will be the foundation. 
Omaha has one of the coolest places to enjoy a craft beer: @beercade There a few locations throughout the midwest and I’d like to visit all of them. A bar with all vintage pinball and video games, yes please. Way better than modern game room restaurant combos. The quote is a neon sign in one of their locations and I think it should be the tagline for the brand as a whole. So I made it a beer design for this week. While playing some Centipede I’d prefer to have a stronger beer due to long lapses between sips. A Trappist style seemed to make sense and I haven’t dome one yet. Not sure if anyone has done this style in a can; might make traditionalists squirm.
TV tray Altbier

Home of the TV dinner is Omaha, Nebraska. Swanson & Sons began marketing TV dinners in the 50’s, and the practice of eating while watching television skyrocketed due to the ease of preparation. The original TV Dinner sold for 98 cents. So an alt-meal deserves an altbier.
Swing Time Helles

One of Omaha’s notable residents is Fred Astaire. The kicker (pun intended) is that he was born there because his father landed a job with @storzbrewing I wanted to hint towards his dancing without using an image of Astaire himself. The foot placement charts have always been an interesting piece of design to me and was the first thing to come to mind. A helles seemed like a good choice to sip after a dance session on set.
Joe Joe coffee stout

The world’s largest coffee pot is located in Omaha Nebraska. The Sapp Brothers skinned a water tower to look like a coffee pot with steaming spout and it lights up from time to time. I like happening upon random attractions like this while traveling.
Sneak peek at next week in my Resurrect Series: Casco Brew. Formerly Casco Brewing that closed in 1875 and their opening date is unknown. Located in Portland and referencing Casco Bay. There has been a Casco Bay Brewing in recent years that was purchased by Shipyard Brewing. I decided to stick to the Casco without the bay. For the mark, I wanted to reference the water due to its importance in Maine's history and growth. Lakeside by @marksimonson was a perfect typeface to hug the flow of soft waves and also mimic boat sails.
Squatch Spruce Tip IPA

According to Bigfoot experts, Maine is a perfect habitat for the allusive creature. The perfect forests for food and shelter, along with a climate that better matches their furry exterior. What better beer for the deep woods than an spruce tip IPA.
Little Birch Picks aged ale 6.2%

At one time, Maine produced over 90% of all toothpicks in the U.S. Now you have some more useless knowledge, just remember this for watching Jeopardy. I was tempted to do a birch beer, but it didn't quite fit the theme.
The Eyes Have It: one session ale 8.5%

The first east coast city to legalize recreational marijuana: Portland, Maine. In thinking of a design for a weed beer, I wanted to not use the typical imagery. So I settled on some eye drops and the play on words for voting a measure into law. “One session” ale could be confusing, but it sounded different and these are fake beers. No need to pass this to the left. 
They All Float helles 5.2%

Arguably atop Portland’s list of famous natives is author Stephen King One of my favorites is It with Pennywise the clown. His famous line, “they all float down here” had to work its way into today’s design. Right Georgie boy? I also am looking forward to the remake @itthemovie2017 *I had to go back to the can for the final Casco Brewery design, which I think I’ll stick with for a while.
Barbecue capital of the world: Kansas City, Missouri. Book your flights now kiddos, it’s time for a food adventure. The most barbecue restaurants per person is a claim to fame that I’m okay with. To match the flavors of barbecue sauce I decided to do a smoked lager. Lighter and flavorful; perfect beer when you’re having more than one rib and more than one beer.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City has large shuttlecock sculptures on their massive lawn. The a four-part outdoor sculpture of oversized badminton shuttlecocks by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. Set up a net and game on. We can have some sandwiches and a few märzen afterwards. *Ask first, I don’t know if they allow alcohol consumption in their lawns. @nelsonatkins was also the site for the 2016 Made in the Middle conference, which is on my list for next time around.
Gear Up Lager

Heim Brewery has a large role in the history of Kansas City, Missouri. There are archives one can read, but also remnants that can be seen around the city. Including the Heim 20 firehouse. I assume that they paid to have this built or sponsored it in some manner. Perhaps to ensure that the brewery didn’t burn down, but also to add to the community.  My expert consultant for this design was Engine 7 Design —Check out Tim’s work...its cool, he’s cool, and he saves lives on the side as a fireman.
Yardbeerd Porter 8.3%

Raised in Kansas City Missouri, the great jazz saxophonist: Charlie Parker. The “Bird” has been in my head since 1997 thanks to working at Capriccio where his music was often played after the operettas that started the night off. From that start I was lead back to Parker via Gang Starr, which made the adoration for his music grow. Do yourself a favor and put on some headphones, fix a drink, and listen to the album "One Night in Birdland”. Uninterrupted, in entirety. It’s a good reset when needed. Or if you live in Northeast U.S. It's a good snow day soundtrack.
Harry S. Haberdashery: oud bruin 6%

Before entering politics and becoming President of the U.S., Harry S. Truman owned a haberdashery in Kansas City, Missouri. I couldn’t find any artifacts or photographs from his shop. If anyone has any, please let me know. I did look at more photo of Truman than ever to see if he seemed like a sharper dresser than other presidents. Not bad.
Full set for Kansas City, Missouri.

Next week: Burlington Iowa and Western Steam Brewery. 
Chocolate Cream Ale 6.3%

The Eskimo Pie was invented in Iowa when a boy was having trouble deciding on what to spend his money on: ice cream or a chocolate bar. Christian Nelson—the candy store owner—decided it should be paired together somehow. Once he perfected the method for coating a bar of ice cream with chocolate, it was named the “I-Scream Bar”. Local manufacturer Russell Stover struck a deal with Nelson to mass produce the bars under the name Eskimo Pie.
Ozzy Special Bitter (OSB) 6.3%

To celebrate Iowa history and Valentines Day, we revisit the moment when Ozzy bit the head off of a live bat. In 1982 at a concert in Dubuque, a fan threw a live bat on stage. Thinking it was not real he decided to be a showman and bite the head off. The show went on and so did he until he visited a hospital after to start a rabies treatment. If your sweetheart gets you a chocolate bat, you know what to do. 
White Ale: fridge keg

Where did Winnebago’s begin? Winnebago county in Iowa in 1958. To tie this Iowan history into my project, I’ve done a keg. It has the look of the textured sides just like a camper and I have yet to do a keg.
Criterium Radler 4.2%

East coasters: no need to head all the way to San Francisco for your windy street fix. Burlington Iowa has snake hill, which Ripley call the “Crookedest Street in the World” and included it in his "Believe it or Not" column. Being a steep hill that connected two neighborhoods, the three German immigrants that conceived the idea mimicked vineyard pathss they had seen in France and Germany.

It is also home to the annual uphill bicycle race: the Snake Hill Criterium. The lap course winds up Snake hill which is 275 feet long, has five switchbacks, and a sixty foot climb.
Best Thing Ale 5.1%

Otto_Frederick_Rohwedder of Davenport, Iowa invented the first prototype of a bread slicing machine. It was destroyed in a fire in 1912, then he had another working prototype in 1928. As commercially sliced bread resulted in uniform and somewhat thinner slices, people ate more slices of bread at a time, and ate bread more frequently, because of the ease of eating another piece of bread. This increased consumption of bread and, in turn, increased consumption of Spread (food), such as Jam, to put on the bread. "The best thing since sliced bread" then became a common phrase. Although a writer for The Kansas City Star wrote that "the phrase is the ultimate depiction of innovative achievement and American know-how.” For the design, I was thinking the phrase for sliced bread should’ve been, “the best thing since beer”. So I decided to do packaging on packaging…sort of a design turduken.

Free Flight Eisbock 10.2%

New Mexico is home to the largest hot air balloon festival in the world: Balloon Fiesta. "From its modest beginnings in 1972 with 13 balloons launching from a shopping mall parking lot, the Balloon Fiesta has grown to multiple events launching year-round at the custom-designed, 365-acre Balloon Fiesta Park. Our signature event remains Balloon Fiesta—which, with almost 600 balloons, is the largest ballooning event on earth, the most photographed event on earth, and the largest annual international event held in the United States.”
Poker Alice, American brett 6.8%. Day no.38
This week's brewery that has been resurrected was in Silver City New Mexico. One of the famous residents of Silver City was Alice Ivers. After the death of her first husband, Alice started to play poker seriously. After failing in a few different jobs including teaching, she turned to poker to support herself financially. Ivers would make money by gambling and working as a dealer. She made a name for herself by winning money from poker games. By the time Ivers was given the name “Poker Alice,” she was drawing in large crowds to watch her play and men were constantly challenging her to play. Saloon owners liked that Ivers was a respectable woman who kept to her values. These values included her refusal to play poker on Sundays.
As her reputation grew, so did the amount of money she was making. Some nights she would even make $6,000, an incredibly large sum of money at the time. Alice claimed that she won $250,000, which would now be worth more than three million dollars.
Greater Strange tripel 7.1%

Day 39 in my Resurrect Series tackles little green men…or the sightings of the strange.
 New Mexico has more UFO sightings per year than any other state (over 1,000). Is it because of Roswell? Area 51? Something in the water? I’ll just have to visit and see for myself.
Bunny Boom extra stout 6.6%

The novel "Oil!” By Upton Sinclair was based on a prospector from Silver City, NM. The Film "There Will Be Blood" was very loosely based on the book and helped its recent resurgence. When the book was originally released it was banned in Boston for its hotel sex scene. A fig leaf version was made without the scene and the controversy helped make the book a bestseller.
Cold Bear smoked rye 4.9%

The living symbol of Smokey Bear is from New Mexico. He was an American black bear three-month old cub who in the spring of 1950 was caught in the Capitan Gap fire, a Wildfire that burned 17,000 acres in the Lincoln National Forest, in the Capitan Mountains of New Mexico. Smokey had climbed a tree to escape the blaze, but his paws and hind legs had been burned. According to some stories, he was rescued by a Game warden after the fire, but according to the New Mexico State Forestry Division, it was actually a group of soldiers from Fort Bliss, Texas, who had come to help fight the fire, that discovered the bear cub and brought him back to the camp. At first he was called Hotfoot Teddy, but he was later renamed Smokey, after the mascot.
Steagles Ale 4.3%

For this week I’m trying a different style of design, inspired by a collage art post by fellow Upstater: Lunchbox Brain

Many may not know this, at one time in the NFL history, the Steelers and the Eagles once merged teams in 1943. They were referred to locally as the Steagles, officially at the Phil-Pitt Combine. As America entered World War II, all of the military aged men in the NFL joined the armed forces; 600 of them. The feeling in the U.S. was if one could play football, they could fight in war. One Steagle and future Hall of Famer, Bill Hewitt, quit in the middle of the season. He could not take the ridicule and subsequent guilt feelings anymore. But numerous NFL players in 1943 had medical problems that kept them out of the military. Tony Bova, the Steagles' leading receiver with 17 receptions, was blind in one eye and partially blind in the other. Steagles guard Ed Michaels was nearly deaf and center Ray Graves was deaf in one ear. One starting defensive end was blind in one eye and nearly legally blind in the other.
Mallo Drop 6.5%

Peeps are manufactured in Bethlehem, PA at the Just Born candy factory. Every December 31st, a giant Peep is dropped over the town square to ring in the new year. So it’s official: they are a year-round candy, not just Easter.
Spruce Up IPA 8.5%

In Sippensburgh, PA one can happen upon the world’s largest paint can…or an old water tower made to look like one. Description from @roadtrippers website:
"Driving along interstate 81 in Pennsylvania can be quite montonous and unenjoyable. Luckily there are a few bright spots along this nearly 233 mile stretch of highway. Near the Mason-Dixon line at exit 24, welcoming you to the Blue mountains sits one of the largest paint cans in the world. The 35 feet high can comes adorned with a lid and a handle. Originally the structure was a water tower from the previous owner. When the Benjamain Moore paint company purchased the property they decided to use the eyesore as a marketing tool. Now if only we could find a way to spruce up all of I-81!”
Market Saison 5.5%

Thanks to some intel from Ryan Smoker from Infantree I’ve learned that the Lancaster Central Market is America's oldest farmer's market. The market has been operated continuously since the 1730's. The tradition of the market today is more like an international whirlwind of foods from all around the world and Lancaster County. Shop local and drink local has been a mantra of mine at home and when I visit anywhere. This theme stuck out when he sent it over, so it had to be made.
Snake River Bock 7.3%

This week I’m resurrecting Rost & Rood Brewing from Idaho City, Iowa. Open from 1891–97…and that’s pretty much all I found out about it. A trip to the local library might have produced more. Regardless, the name is interesting for a brewery so I chose to use it this week.

Todays design is honoring Evel Knievel and his jump with little to no injuries: Snake River Canyon. In 1973 he entered in his custom “X-1" steam powered rocket cycle to be propelled across the quarter mile wide canyon. Prior to attempting the jump, the X-1 was registered as an aircraft instead of a motorcycle to get permission form the state of Idaho. After he left the 10 story ramp the parachute malfunctioned and deployed early. With the drag of the chute the craft drifted backwards to the bottom of the canyon, nearly landing in the river. Luckily Knievel only suffered minor injuries.
Beaver Drop Lager

In 1941, Idaho beavers made national news when five specimens crucially stabilized a water supply in Salmon, Idaho, "saving the city the cost of a dam." Beaver trappers moved the beavers in a more conventional manner in that case, but it's clear that—by land or by air—the beavers could help Idaho just as much as Idaho could help the beavers.
The cost of building a dam wasn't the only money involved in the beaver-moving project. Popular Mechanics ran a 1949 feature on the parachuting Idaho beavers, which also mentions that the trappers working with the effort were able to keep some of the animals for themselves, to sell their fur coats. At a time when the beaver population was estimated at 90,000 in Idaho, beaver trappers were allowed to only skin a few for their own profit, and then took care of the rest of the beaver population in designated areas.
You Are Here, dry hopped sour 7.2%

The center of the universe is located in Wallace Idaho. True story. This concept had its impromptu origin in 2004 as a sarcastic critique by an international crowd of Silver Summit attendees of the EPA's lead-headed 2002 Record of Decision which said, in essence, that if a thing cannot be disproven, it is thereby proven. The anniversary of the Mayor's proclamation that Wallace MUST be the Center of the Universe because you can't PROVE otherwise has naturally been celebrated ever since. In 2006, the commemoration included the crowning of the Princess of the Center of the Universe and the marrying of high school sweethearts... forty years later. In 2007, a dedicated volunteer committee morphed the celebration into a wildly successful scholarship drive with Miss Center of the Universe and Mr. Hard Rock contests, where votes were dollars gathered in jars. A non-profit corporation was established to manage the expanded scholarship fund raiser in 2008.
Bear Witness sour 6.4%

The Bear Lake Monster is a being appearing in folklore near Bear Lake, on the Utah–Idaho border. The myth originally grew from articles written in the 19th century by Joseph C. Rich, a Mormon colonizer in the area, purporting to report second-hand accounts of sightings of the creature. However, he later recanted the stories. In recent years the monster is considered to be a tourist attraction. The last reported sighting of the monster was in 2002.

Not all descriptions of the Bear Lake Monster agree, but one team of folklorists stated that it “is reported to resemble a serpent, but with legs about eighteen inches long on which it marauds along the shoreline.”One article reported that the creature had “a large undulating body, with about 30 feet of exposed surface, of a light cream color, moving swiftly through the water, at a distance of three miles from the point of observation.” Others reported seeing a monster-like animal which went faster than a locomotive and had a head variously described as being similar to that of a cow, otter, crocodile or a walrus (minus the tusks). Its size was reported to be at least fifty feet long, and certainly not less than forty. Some sightings even spoke of a second member of the species and smaller monsters as well.
Jaialdi lager 4.2%

The design for this can is the flag of the autonomous region called Basque Country which spreads from Spain to France. Jaialdi refers to a festival in the Basque Language (Euskara). This festival exhibits the Basque culture with dancing (dantzan) and musical (musika) performances, sporting (kirol) events, and authentic food (jateko) and drink (edateko). The Basque people are known for their merriment, and Jaialdi showcases these characteristics well.

Jaialdi was first celebrated in 1987 at the Old Idaho State Penitentiary as a one time weekend event to educate the public about the Basque culture. Jaialdi ‘87 attracted approximately 30,000 visitors who thoroughly enjoyed the event, the location, and the opportunity to be part of the Basque activities. The festival was so popular that Governor Cecil Andrus asked the local Basque community to put on another celebration to help celebrate Idaho’s Centennial in 1990.
This week: Otto Brewing, Kentucky
Simple and fun one today. Kart Kountry in Shepardsville Kentucky has the longest go-cart circuit in the world at 1.5 miles. The design is the track shape from an aerial view. Should be a t-shirt…call me Kart Kountry. Although their website says that alcohol is not allowed on the premises—if they added an after-race area—some of these beers could easily be sold.
Ballpark Chugger 4.5%

Todays design is an homage to baseball and the birth of the Louisville Slugger.

J. F. Hillerich opened his woodworking shop in Louisville in 1855. During the 1880s, Hillerich hired his seventeen-year-old son, John "Bud" Hillerich. Legend has it that Bud, who played baseball himself, slipped away from work one afternoon in 1884 to watch Louisville's major league team, the Louisville Eclipse. The team's star, Pete "The Gladiator" Browning, mired in a hitting slump, broke his bat. Bud invited Browning to his father's shop to hand-craft him a new bat to his own specifications. Browning accepted the offer, and got three hits to immediately break out of his slump with his new bat the first day he used it. Browning told his teammates, which began a surge of professional ball players to the Hillerich woodworking shop.

J. F. Hillerich was uninterested in making bats; he saw the company future in stair railings, porch columns and swinging butter churns. In fact, for a brief time in the 1880s, he even turned away ball players. Bud, however, saw the potential in producing baseball bats, and the elder Hillerich eventually relented to his son. The bats were sold under the name "Falls City Slugger" until Bud Hillerich took over his father's company in 1894, and the name "Louisville Slugger" was registered with the U.S. Patent Office. In 1905, Honus Wagner signed a deal with the company, becoming the first baseball player to officially endorse a bat.
Old Fashioned dubbel 8.9%

The Pendennis Club, a private club in Louisville, is the birthplace of the Old Fashioned drink, possibly the first mixed drink to be called a cocktail. Also my personal cocktail of choice with a small batch bourbon, cheers.
Undisputed Wee Heavy 7.4%

Todays design: pugilistic ephemera

Cassius Clay was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, and began training as an amateur boxer when he was 12 years old. At age 18, he won a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome and turned professional later that year. At age 22 in 1964, he won the WBA, WBC, and lineal heavyweight titles from Sonny Liston in a big upset. Clay then converted to Islam and changed his name from Cassius Clay, which he called his "slave name", to @muhammedali He set an example of racial pride for African Americans and resistance to white domination during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement.

Float like a half & half, sting like a wee heavy™
Not a Light Beer! 9.23%

Since we are examining the local history of Kentucky, the inventor Garrett Morgan should be near the top. Not mentioned often for his ingenuity, he best known invention is the "three position" traffic light. His was not the first traffic light, but having a third yellow position significantly reduced the amount of accidents when compared to the common stop or go lights. He came up with the idea after witnessing a serious accident at an intersection, filed for patent in 1922, and granted patent in 1923.

Besides the modern traffic light, he also has fame for his invention of the Smoke Hood in 1912. He had come up with the idea after watching firefighters encountering smoke in the line of duty. After he was granted patent, he founded the National Safety Device Company to market the invention around the country. Being a black entrepreneur, he often had to hire a white male actor to take credit for the invention during demonstrations. When an actor was not available, he would also dress up as an Indian chief and entered a smoke filled tent, then emerging 20 minutes later unharmed.

His hood was altered to become a gas mask that was used by the U.S. military during World War I and later became standard equipment. Morgan later added a model with an air bag that supplied 15 minutes of fresh air. Two years after receiving patent for the Smoke Hood, it was awarded a gold medal by the International Association of Fire Chiefs. His invention gain national attention after he rescued several men’s lives after a tunnel explosion near Lake Erie. He and his brother use the hoods to rescue all of the trapped men as well as bringing out the bodies of earlier victims. Morgan personally made four trips into the tunnel during the rescue, and his health was affected for years afterward from the fumes he encountered there. Cleveland's newspapers and city officials initially ignored Morgan's act of heroism as the first to rush into the tunnel for the rescue and his key role as the provider of the equipment that made the rescue possible, and it took years for the city to recognize his contributions.
Barbaric YAWP! 6.5%

One of my favorite movies of all time is Dead Poets Society. I was happy to learn that the movie was filmed in this weeks state for the #ResurrectSeries Being the smallest state, left myself with a shorter list of fodder for this week, but I’ve found some gems, including this one. 'Welton Academy’ was actually St. Andrew’s School on 2,000 acres of farmland between Dover and Wilmington. The stage production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Neil playing Puck, was filmed @theeveretttheatre in Middletown. The old colonial town of New Castle was where 'Mr. Perry’s home’ was. Most significant, the cave where the Dead Poets had their meetings was filmed in the Beaver Valley Cave; Deleware’s only cave. Unfortunately it is privately owned and also requires advanced caving skills.
Beer-O lambic 4.2%

This design may bring up memories of family picnics, school lunches, or hospital food. It is an homage to the 70’s–80’s packaging of an American classic. Jell-O was a staple in my youth and has strangely disappeared in my early teens. Ambrosia salads were a guarantee at family parties, and I used to love working my way past the Jell-O to the marshmallows which were frozen in suspension like Han Solo. The connection with Delaware is that Jell-O has been manufactured in Dover since the mid 60’s. Since childhood I have revisited this colorful form through the modern classic: Jell-O shots. I’m still waiting for someone to estimate how much Jell-O is sold for this use. I would guess around 25%, what say you @jello
Cosmic IPA 6.8%

Random fact of the day: Spacesuits are manufactured in Delaware. The company called ILC Dover has been making suits for United States astronauts since the Apollo program. They also have created airbag landing devices for the Mars pathfinder and Mars exploration rover. In addition they also manufacture airships, zepplins, and masks for: chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear situations.
New You Pale Ale 5%

Trying something different today: guess the movie. Besides Delaware, the other clue is: Paper street.
Nice Track Ale 4.6%

The great state of Delaware has a strong bond with the game of disc golf. They are the only U.S. state to have a course in every state park. I play and enjoy having a nice beer after one or two rounds. Where I live in Schenectady, there is an excellent course in Central Park, that isn’t very far from a few pubs. Which is nice. I had this theme for today set aside all week while trying to think of a way to represent disc golf in beer packaging. A can and the modern staple of a snifter wouldn’t do the basket justice. Pint glass would’ve been too big. Plus, most breweries don’t use a simple large rocks glass and a simple after round ale doesn’t need a fancy-pants glass. All of this came to me as a lay awake at 4am today. 
Picket Fence 8.6%

Loosely based on Milan High School who won the 1954 Indiana State basketball championship, Hoosiers has been the quintessential film for hoop fans. So much so that in 2001 it was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry for its cultural, historic, and aesthetic significance. “Don’t get caught watching the paint dry” was arguably the most well known scene, but I always enjoyed when Ollie landed both underhand free throws to beat the Wildcats.

For this week I chose Zix brewery from New Alsace, Indiana. A family business that traded hands amongst sons and brothers from 1865–95. I have yet to create a micro brewery that is also a coffee roaster, so this week we have one
One Eyed Pookie Ale

Once holding the Guinness world record for the most widely syndicated comic strip, Garfield was first published in 1978. The connection to Indiana is Jim Davis hometown of Marion, the strips first home was in Indiana, and Paws Inc.—a licensing group for the comic—was headquartered in Muncie. I remember watching the Garfield cartoon as a kid. It was one of my top choices besides wrestling, G.I. Joe, He-Man, and Thundercats: HOOO! Todays beer is an IPA named after Garfield’s favorite toy teddy bear Pookie, who once lost his button eye.
Fresh Popper saison 6.2%

Indiana is where 90% of the worlds popcorn is grown. Not the same as typical corn that we eat off of the cob, Zea is the only form of maize that can be popped. Archeologists have found remnants of popcorn that date back to 3600 BC in Mexico. In U.S. history, popcorn was a common treat during the depression because it was so inexpensive. Not so cheap in movie theaters nowadays. Full disclosure: I’m not a big fan of popcorn. At the movies, if anything, I do nachos. One acre of land uses 30,000 seeds to plant; I’m still trying to find the conversion to jumbo buckets.
Classy Loser Ale 4.6%

Most of the local references I use are great things, but for today I decided to examine a failure. Arguably the most recognizable vehicle in automotive history has a poor history with the Indianapolis 500. The Mercedes-Benz W154 was a Grand Prix racing car with a history of winning European championships—in 23 races it had won 12. But when the storied chassis number nine was discovered in Czechoslovakia after the war, Don Lee purchased it to use a new rules change allowing European vehicles into the Indy 500. Expecting to find success with the pedigree, Lee was sorely mistaken. From 1947–49 and then again in 1957 the car attempted to compete…and failed. In the four attempts the car retired from the race twice and did not qualify for the other two.
Red Ale 5.6%

Since it's snowing in Upstate New York, this design is fitting. For some this is the Christmas Movie to watch every year. A Christmas Story was set in Hohman, Indiana and meant to depict the late 30’s–early 40’s. I could’ve referenced the bunny suit or the leg lamp, but Red Ryder the cowboy was begging for his own beer. Ralphie would’ve had much more fun shooting his dads empty red ale cans off of the fence. The real life Red Ryder model did not have a sun dial or compass in the stock. For the film they were added on the opposite side of the stock due to Peter Billingsley being left-handed.
I Nahesa tropical IPA 6.7%

Winter is almost over so lets get tropical 🌴 in Hawaii. Hilo Brewery was open in city of Hilo on the big island from 1937–1942.  For day one, we examine a curious law in Hawaii that snakes are outlawed. There have been a few spotted, but it is illegal to bring snakes to Hawaii. Why? Because without any predators to keep the population low, they would eventually overrun the islands. Another why question…why didn’t Indiana Jones never venture there. Kind of plays to his strengths.
Pineapple Saison 5.2%

The Guinness World record for the largest maze is the Dole pineapple maze on their plantation in Wahiwa, HI. It covers three acres with two and a half miles of paths and 14,000 pineapple plants. Sounds like a full day of wandering in it, but less scary than the Overlook Hotel maze.
Kamehameha Inu 7.2%

Hawaii is the only U.S. state to honor a monarch. King Kamehameha Day is celebrated on June 11th as a public holiday with parades and celebrations on the islands. There is a statue of Kamehameha in Honolulu that is decorated with leis annually and a replica in Emancipation Hall in Washington D.C.

His full Hawaiian name was: Kalani Paiʻea Wohi o Kaleikini Kealiʻikui Kamehameha o ʻIolani i Kaiwikapu kauʻi Ka Liholiho Kūnuiākea. To use that, I’d have to wrap that around the can like a barber pole. His legacy was from conquering the islands and establishing the Hawaiian Kingdom in 1810. His rise to power is somewhat explained through folklore of when he was the only human to move the Naha stone. Prophecy explains that whomever moves the Naha Stone will unite the islands. In stories, Kamehameha did this as a child then went on to fulfill the prophecy.

During his rule the Law of the Splintered Paddle which protected the human rights of non-combatants during war was put in place. The origins of this law stem from when Kamehameha’s leg was stuck in rocks near the shore and two fishermen broke a wooden paddle over his head instead of helping him. Years later they faced the king because of their violent past, Kamehameha did not punish them but gave them a gift of land and established the protection of anyone not fighting in wars. To extend his legacy as unifying the islands beyond is death, he established a legal system, created trade with taxation, promoted the trade with Europe and the U.S. and prohibited non-Hawaiians from owning land. The latter was eventually lifted in 1848, but to this day anyone who is not of Hawaiian decent is not considered to be Hawaiian.

To any Hawaiians: I felt the need to change the statue to hold a beer. No disrespect meant by that or the naming of the beer; Google translate lead to Inu for ‘drink’, is that correct? Maybe a visit is in order to straighten this out.
Goddess, gin barrel aged biere de garde 8.3%

Pele the volcano goddess has been a part of Hawaiian legends for centuries. It is said that if you meet a beautiful young woman in red, or an older woman with white hair, you must greet her with Aloha and offer your help. To be truly in Pepe’s good graces you must visit Halema’uma’u crater and give an offering of food, flowers, and gin. If you do not follow the first set of rules to help, you or your family will experience death or heartbreak.
Macadamia Brown 4.9%

Two of the major crops that Hawaii is known for are not native to the islands. Today’s design focuses on the Macadamia nut. The crop was suggested after early plants thrived in the soil and climate. In the early 1920’s, the first plantation was established on government land by a Massachusetts man—Ernest van Tassel. After nine years of research, scientists and their students grafted a handful of strains that would yield high quality crops. If any Hawaiian breweries are reading this and haven’t brewed a macadamia nut beer…do it and send some to me.
Bike Week BC black IPA 5.8%

Clarence “Pappy” Hoel founded the Sturgis Bike Week in 1938. It began as a way for Indian motorcycle riders to fight with Harley riders. The first rally was called the “Black Hills Classic” that included one race with nine participants; created by Clarence “Pappy” Hoel. The rally began with a focus on racing and stunts and later added hill climbing and motocross. It has been held every year—except during WWII when gasoline was rationed in 1942. In 2015 the rally recorded an attendance of roughly 739,000. Pappy Hoel began the Jackpine Gypsies club prior to the first rally and the club still hosts 12 events every year at Sturgis. I thought that since everyone seems to enjoy beer while at the rally, they could have the largest beer club in the world. So I guess this design establishes the Bike Week Beer Club.
Ton of Mash ESB 6.2%

Clark South Dakota is home to the world famous Mashed Potato Wrestling Contest. The tasty tuber has its own festival with the wrestling contest as the featured event. Don’t worry, they use the discarded potatoes for mashing up and adding to the pit and the leftovers are then used to feed local cattle. The first potato festival in Clark was held in 1972 and is still going strong. This unique style of wrestling caused some research for potato beer…and it exists. It is used in brewing to achieve the same effect as rice or corn—boost the strength of a beer without increasing the body. Potatoes add no flavor and can be used as dried potato flakes added to the mash, or mashed potatoes. Just leave out the butter, cream, salt, and pepper.
No Horse Pants light beer 4.2%

When researching every week, I have found that many states and cities have odd laws. Some outdated and left for nostalgia I assume. In South Dakota there are a few of these strange rules to follow…or laugh at: 
It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep in a cheese factory. So there’s that.

Movies that show police officers being struck, beaten, or treated in an offensive manner are forbidden. There must be a back alley theater somewhere showing these type of movies.

If there are more than 5 Native Americans on your property you may shoot them. I’ll leave this one alone.

For today’s design we have a law pertaining to a specific business: No horses are allowed into Fountain Inn unless they are wearing pants. I tried to find where one could buy horse pants. No luck. Even the humane society had no mention of any horse clothing of any kind on their website; gotta be a custom job then.
Fire Water whiskey barrel stout 11.5%

In Pierre South Dakota on the Capitol grounds you can find some fire water…or water that is on fire. The Flaming Fountain as it is better known, has been an attraction for many years due to its flaming water. The reason for the flame is the high content of natural gas in the well that feeds the fountain. In recent years the flame has gone away, but the fountain still remains as a memorial to war veterans of South Dakota. All we have now is Youtube to see what once was. Bonus odd fact: Pierre, South Dakota is the only capital and state name in the U.S. that doesn’t share any letters.
Cosmos black lager 5%

Mount Rushmore was a low hanging fruit to reference in this week of designs. Too obvious. Crazy Horse sculpture would have been great, but I gave up on the design because of my time restraint (one hour max). In searching for obscure landmarks I found the @cosmosmysteryarea —a very strange place in the black hills. As the pictures and website explain, gravity is on a tilt there. Or the land is? Buildings too? Levels laid on a hill show as flat, people can change heights in photos, water runs uphill; all of these challenge what we know as normal and make for interesting photos. For beer drinkers, do they fill the glass 3/4 of the way to account for this oddity? If you pop a can, will the first few ounces spill out? This is a stop I need to have just to test on a pint…or about 13 ounces.
Absaroka Ale 4.9%

During the New Deal era to spur economic growth, a group of residents got fed up with FDR. They banded together with a goal to secede and form a new state called Absaroka. The area was part of southeastern Montana, southwestern South Dakota, and northern Wyoming. Named after a local mountain range, this new group went so far as making an official flag (rendered on the can) and license plates. The movement lost steam and was never actualized as the 49th state in the U.S. I will give them some props on the flag, you don’t see many with big and bold numbers, which I kind of like the looks of.
Shadow Casting steam beer 5.3%

“Keeping his line above water long enough and low enough to make a rainbow rise”. Today’s design is a reference to the movie A River Runs Through It. Set in Montana with a foundation in the fly fishing scenes the men in the McClean family share. The Blackfoot River in Missoula is where they visit to enjoy what is called the contemplative man’s recreation. I have yet to fly fish, but have it on my list of things to attempt mastering in my lifetime. As I’ve learned in researching for this theme, the Bitterroot river is a hot spot for fly fishing in the U.S. The steam beer style seemed to make sense with this recreation. Traditionally made prior with a high temperature fermentation due to no refrigeration methods, steam beers traveled west with the gold rush and surely made its way into the hands of settlers in Montana. Nowadays, the cans would stay nice and cold in the river while you cast away for dinner.
Double...Ditch session IIPA 5.3%

If you bend your elbow for an adult beverage or two while in Montana, you may hear someone order a drink with the surname “ditch”. Whiskey ditch is a common way to order a whiskey and water. I’ve heard of using the term branch—meaning water— when ordering a drink, but ditch is new to me. This reminded me of watering down a drink, then weakening a beer, then the fact that beer is 90% water, which lead to the idea of a session IIPA. I’ve never heard of session double IPA’s, so here you have it, a heavily hopped lawnmower beer.
Scofflaw Witte 5.1%

Queue up Judas Priest for today’s topic. Just like every state, Montana has some weird laws. It is illegal for married women to fish alone on Sundays…unmarried women—illegal to fish alone at all. Threatening arrest is a great way to get a fellas attention, especially when there are more cattle than people in the entire state (may the laws be ever in your favor). In Helena, it is illegal to throw something across the street. But you may be curious as to why the sheep in a flatbed? It is illegal to leave a sheep in the cab of your truck without a chaperone. Besides predators eating your livestock, I’m not sure what the penalties are for such an offense. I’d like to imagine a public shaming ceremony where you relinquish your herding staff.

St. Urho Brew 5.8%

The story of the patron saint of Finland—St. Urho—is not well known throughout the world. He is known for driving the grasshoppers out of Finland to save the grape crops for winemaking. He is celebrated on the 16th of March with a festival in Butte, Montana. Grasshopper foods are prepared and non-grasshopper foods are made to fit the theme of green and purple to represent the grapes and the insects. If this story sounds very similar to St. Patrick and the snakes, well it is. It was created by Richard Mattison a Finnish-American, who grew tired of hearing the Irish-Americans sing the praises of their saint every year. Originally in Mattison’s tale, Urho drove frogs out of Finland. As the story caught on and the midwest experienced grasshopper plagues in the 19th century, the frogs were changed to grasshoppers. The celebration is popular throughout the midwest from Minnesota to Montana. The date may stand out as well because it was also chosen to beat out the Irish celebration by one day.
Perimeter Saison 6.2%

Transportation routes that define neighborhoods or even serve as a economic divide have existed since building walls and hanging flags to claim lands. "Wrong side of the tracks” was one of these dividing lines. In modern day Atlanta the perimeter is that line. The highway I285 creates a border around the downtown area of Atlanta and is a point of contention for residents on either side. Outside the perimeter (OTP) is frowned upon by snarky people Inside the Perimeter (ITP). This distain is a two way street and is typically a playful back and forth.

For this week we examine Atlanta and the long closed Atlanta Ice & Brewing Company. Prior to some weeks I reach out to locals for some inside info; this week I was given some gems from Joseph Szala. He is the voice behind @gritsgrids site and podcast and the founder of @vigorbranding Cheers Joe 🍻
Shooting the Hooch Pilsner 4.6%

Shooting the hooch is a slang term for tubing down the Chattahoochie River in the summer months. That deserves a can of beer…or a cooler full of cans that is tied to a group of tubes. I want to go right now, but it’s rainy and about 50 degrees outside. I’ll just have to plan a summer trip with a group. Who wants to go?
Y’allywood Stout 5.5%

One of the many aliases for Atlanta is Y’allywood. This is due to the booming film industry that is currently rivaling Hollywood. This has spun off into the @yallywoodfilmfest and in 2015 the state has seen it generate $6 billion for the economy. The Old Fourth ward and Buckhead neighborhoods have experienced the benefits of this boom the most. Start with these two if you want to spot a star while you’re enjoying a pint.
Pitchtree Stout 9.5%

The Creek Indians who were native to the Atlanta area, used to harvest sap—or “pitch”—from pine trees. As you would expect, they called them "pitch trees”. The evolution of the name pitch tree was changed to eventually be peach tree through generations of Europeans settling in the Creek territory. The area has a low amount of peach trees, but Atlanta has 71 streets with variations of the name “Peachtree”. As a visitor, be glad to have GPS and Uber to avoid verbal directions to turn left on Peachtree.
Identity Series four pack

On Wednesday I explored the current nickname for Atlanta: Y’allywood. During the research I came across three other unique names that Atlanta once held. When building the Western & Atlantic railroad, a terminus was chosen within the footprint of modern Atlanta. Due to its early settlements around the end of the rail lines, they adopted the name Terminus. As the area grew its name changed to Thrasherville, which was a namesake of an early builder and general store owner. I can’t stop envisioning shirts with Thrasherville Georgia in the @thrashermaglogo style. By the mid 1800’s the town grew and was renamed Marthasville after the Governor’s daughter. Not as fun as a pony on your birthday, but I’m sure she grew to appreciate it. After Martha’s namesake it was suggested to call it Atlantic-Pacifica but was shortened to Atlanta. I would like to know what the residents called the area after each name change; I still call our local arena by its original name “the Knick” from time to time. It must have been a lively subject of conversation in saloons or ordinaries back then. For this four pack the Y’allywood Stout is in the back, Terminus Pale Ale to the left, Marthasville Raspberry Wheat in front, and Thrasherville Peach Radler on the right. Cheers 🍺
Mush Ball Zwickelbier 6.1%

One sport that most Americans have tried at some point is softball. Chicago was the birthplace of softball beginning in 1887. It was a smaller field and a larger ball meant to be played indoors. Earlier names for the game were: indoor baseball, playground, kitten ball, ladies baseball, the name for today's beer—mush ball. Since most recreational players enjoy being in a "beer league”, I thought the sport deserved its own beer.
High Gloss double IPA 8.3%

Today’s subject is a favorite of mine: spray paint. Graffiti has held a special place for me since I began listening to hip hop in middle school. Being one of the original pillars alongside breaking, MC’ing, and DJ’ing; it was a package deal, exposing myself to a culture far from my upbringing. For today the design is a reference to spray paint being invented in Chicago in 1949 by Edward Seymour. A great short read on #graffiti is “Bomb the Suburbs” by William Upski Wimsatt.
Rotary Dry Hopped Wheat 5.8%. 
The first meeting of the now @rotaryinternational club occurred in Chicago. Paul P. Harris called together fellow businessmen in February of 1905 to create a group that would give back to the community. They chose the name Rotary because they initially rotated the meetings to occur at each others offices. Before researching this theme, I was aware of the club by seeing their logo on road signs in every city. I now know that they tackle worldwide problems in six main areas: promoting peace, fighting disease, clean water, saving mother & children, supporting education, and growing local economies. Anyone who volunteers for these causes deserves a beer at the end of the day. Cheers @rotaryinternational
Golden Cream Ale 4.8%

The iconic American snack, the Twinkie, was created in 1930 in Chicago. The baker was creating a solution for idle machines while strawberries were off-season for shortcake filling. Originally the filling was banana cream but rationing caused a switch to vanilla cream. The name Twinkie was an early moniker which was created after seeing a billboard for Twinkle Toe Shoes. When a product is famous like the Twinkie it makes its way into our lives regardless of actual consumption. In the cult classic UHF, Weird Al crafts a Twinkie Weiner Sandwich. Ghostbusters used the scale of a Twinkie as an impromptu scale for the volume of paranormal activity, with the line, “that’s a big Twinkie”. Then we have the Twinkie defense. Used in the San Francisco murder trial of Harvey Milk and George Moscone, the defense attempted to claim that a diet of sugary foods caused the depression to spur the murders. The last time I consumed a Twinkie was at a summer fair. It was deep-fried. There was remorse afterwards, but I tried it. A beer to wash it down would’ve helped, so I created this can.
Hookless Farm Ale 6.2%

In 1851 the zipper was invented in Chicago by Whitcomb L. Judson (how about than name?). Zip, fly, zip fastener, clasp locker, and workable zipper are a few monikers for this closure. Originally called the hookless fastener, the interlocking teeth design hasn’t changed much since inception. This may remind you of curiosity about the “YKK” on zippers. They are a Japanese company that holds 45% of the zipper market. Yeah, there is a zipper market. Now there is a zipper beer.
Man in Black Lager 5.3%

After being questioned many times about his stage clothing of all black garments, Arkansas native Johnny Cash, wrote the song Man in Black. For all the forgotten and less fortunate, he is the man in black upfront for them. “I’d love to wear a rainbow everyday, to let the world know everything is okay”, is a fitting lyric for Cash. His poor and rough past in Kingsland Arkansas shaped much of his lyrics and outlook as he became a household name. Recording a hit live record in prison helped the mystique a bit too.
Hope for Summer watermelon sour 4.9%

The self proclaimed watermelon capital of the United States is Hope, Arkansas. To add to the claim, they are the home of the world’s largest watermelons and have three Guinness world records for that category. If you choose to visit for the festival you should probably practice before entering in the seed spitting contest. Last year they Oak Ridge Boys were the headliner with Miss America as a special guest. I can picture it now; a small town festival in the heat of summer with watermelon. And now, a few watermelon beers to go with it. Cheers 🍻 *Hope is also the home of President Bill Clinton…sorry pres, you were trumped by a fruit.
Cash Crop lager 4.6%

Arkansas farms provide 46% of the rice consumed in the U.S. every year. When I eat sushi I have never thought of Arkansas. It’s probably safe to say that unless you live in Arkansas, you are of the same mindset. Now that I'm still thinking of sushi, thoughts lean towards sake, sake bombs, ginger, and Japanese beer that I don’t enjoy very much. So I wanted to create an American beer to pair with sushi using home grown rice. Kanpai 🍺
Dover Lights old ale 6.2%

There is a strange and unexplainable phenomenon in Arkansas called the Dover Lights. First observed in the late 1800’s, a series of lights that can be seen from an overlook outside of the city of Dover, has many different folklore roots tied to it. One legend is of a mine collapse that killed a handful of miners and their ghosts wander the hillside at night. Spanish conquistadors searching for gold is another far fetched reason for the nightly illumination; gold has never been found in Arkansas. I lean towards the legend of a Native American burial ground nearby and the lights are spirits of tribal leaders trying to lead their people on to the next life. To represent this nighttime occurrence, an old ale style of beer from England seemed fitting.
Toad Suck abbey ale 8.2%

Why Toad Suck? Because there is a town with that name in Arkansas. More of a community with the name…maybe a hamlet. So it’s a small community with an odd name. Having many theories for the origin of the name, there is one that involves adult beverages that I was drawn to. In the steamboat era, the river bordering this area was often quite shallow for the large paddle wheeled boats. Prior to a lock system, the crews would tie up and head into town to drink and wait for the water to rise. The townsfolk recorded their visits as, “sucking on the bottle until they swelled up like toads”. And that is how the name Toad Suck began.
Pie Tin Fly IIPA 8.3%

Disc or Frisbee as it’s better known, originated in Connecticut. Students at the University of Bridgeport began fashioning used pie tins into flying forms of fun. What’s in a name: at the end of the 19th century there was a bakery in Connecticut under the family name Frisbie. Their pies became the most popular product and spun off into a focused business. The pie tins were stamped with the company name and the tin-tossing students took to yelling “Frisbie” to get the catchers attention. As the activity grew, other companies tins were used but the name stuck. Fast forward to the west coast, first versions of plastic models were being sold on the beach, and Wham-O jumped on board. This one goes out to my world famous disc hurling brother-in-law @david_ferraro and my partner in design and also world famous ultimate player @chelsea.leederCheers🍺 fam
Fast Food brown ale 5%. 
The hamburger was created at Louis' Lunch in New Haven Connecticut...Or so they say. Claims for the origin are found from Germany to the United States. Regardless, we thank you for the ingenuity. And the perfect pair to a classic American burger: beer. Some fries too. The origin story from Louis' dates back to 1900 when a hurried patron needed a quick meal. Louis grabbed steak trimmings and formed them into a patty and after it was grilled and in-between bread slices, the hamburger was born. Now I know what I want for lunch today 🍔🍺
Pumpkinhead Porter 7%

Now is a good time to start planning an epic Halloween costume. This is your reminder. It is also a reference the the haircut that plagues my generations photo albums and yearbooks: the bowl cut. The nickname “pumpkinhead” comes from New Haven hairstylists who used pumpkin shells to perfect the bowl cut. I added a bit of the process to my Instagram stories: vintage haircut chart, pumpkin photo, photoshoppery, painted over with Wacom and @kyle.t.webster thick-n-thin inker brush, then some eraser lettering in Illustrator.
Nutmegger Cream Ale 4.3%

Although its origin has nothing to do with soccer, the term “nutmeg” does. The origin of “nutmegger” comes from traders of whole nutmegs who were scamming customers with wooden replicas in their bag to bump the weight with a cheaper alternative. As for the sport, it is when an offensive player passes a defender by moving the ball in-between their feet or legs. The same action is equally celebrated in basketball and hockey but with varying nomenclature.
Regulars Vienna Lager 4.9%

This highly collectable and iconic American product has roots in Vienna and Germany. Pez is short for PfeffErminZ (German for peppermint). The original form was a compressed peppermint treat in Austria. They were first served in a tin similar to Altoids, but soon were replaced with the dispensers as we know them now. Oscar Uxa invented the dispenser (pre-WWI) which looked like a lighter and the mints were marketed as an alternate to smoking. This dispenser style was referred to as “regulars”. As the business was introduced to the U.S. in 1952, heads were added to the dispensers to market them to children. Santa Claus and Mickey Mouse were the first two. Orange, Connecticut is the home of the Pez factory in the states.
The Ladies’ Garland dry hopped pilsner 4.6%

The women of West Virginia left their mark on feminism and history by publishing the first newspaper devoted to the interests of women. The Ladies’ Garland was first published in 1824 based out of Harper’s Ferry. It ran until 1828 for a total of 52 issues and copies can be found in the Library of Congress. The tagline was, “Literature, Instruction, Amusement, Female Biography, &c.” And it cost one dollar a year if paid in advance, which could be sent free of postage if you handed the dollar to the local postmaster. Ten cents per issue if you wanted to kick the tires. Here’s to the ladies 🍺
Dunk Wells bock 8.4%

History was made on December 21st, 1984. The first woman to dunk in a college basketball game was Georgeann Wells from West Virginia University. Playing against the University of Charleston, Wells received a full court pass and dunked with authority—video of it is easily found on Youtube. The next time a dunk was recorded in a womens' college game was not until 1994 when Charlotte Smith of North Carolina threw down.
4Hop IPA 6.2%

There are many beers with the name 4hop IPA, but this one is different. The youth organization @national4h had its first camp in Jackson’s Mill, West Virginia. With the rise of “farm to glass” marketing and locally grown purists, a beer that benefitted the ag community and its youth made sense. Plus I’m married to a former 4H’er. So this faux beer is a play on the four H’s; four styles of hops—added four times during the boil—dry hopped with the same four hops—and a percentage of profits are given to 4H.
Ghost Sign smoked porter 8.2%

Billboards are an eyesore. Vermont and Hawaii have banned them. For the rest of us, we have West Virginia and the Bloch Brothers to thank for these ad-monsters peppering our roadways. In 1908 the tobacco maker Bloch Brothers started to have their brand and tagline painted on barns, buildings, and anywhere else that would take money for the real estate. Regardless of distain for the product, these ghost signs that are still found across the U.S. have a special place in my heart. The vocation of being a sign painter has had a small resurrection itself recently. If you own a business and get the same plastic, backlit sign that everyone else has, you are a part of the herd and will not stand out. Find a sign painter like @conlinstudios and work together on creating a memorable sign for your business.
Mystery Hole pale lager 5%

Much like the Cosmos Mystery Area in South Dakota, the Mystery Hole in West Virginia has an altered state of gravity for visitors to marvel at. After thinking of ghost signs for yesterdays design, I honed in on the sign for the Mystery Hole. It is a vintage embossed plastic sign that is backlit. Not a unique as a hand painted sign but still peaks the interest of the advertising ephemera crowd. Plus the name leads to questions and childish jokes. Clever naming for this roadside oddity.
Voodoo brown ale 4.8%

Even though it was not voodoo, I’ve been fascinated by spiritual folkways ever since watching Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Louisiana voodoo is the focus of todays design, namely the voodoo doll. The practice of placing pins into a humanoid figure has been traced back to England to cause physical harm to a witch or to actually bewitch her. The Haitians and Louisiana practitioners have continued a similar practice with figurines that are now referred to as voodoo dolls. Nowadays they are much more of a novelty sold to visitors.
Chompers cherry lambic 5.1%

We have found another strange law in the bayou state. If you were to pull a Mike Tyson and bite another person with your natural teeth, you can be charged with simple assault. If you however decide to bits someone with false teeth or dentures, you can be charged with aggravated assault. I couldn’t find any bylaws related to dentures that are left embedded in the victim, but that’s where my brain went next. If you are wearing false fangs on Halloween, I assume you’d fall under aggravated assault. Tell your kids before you send them out this October! #creativesnack
Angola Spurs farmhouse ale 6.4%

Immersing oneself in a new or different lifestyle can be jarring or refreshing; the latter has been my experience when visiting a rodeo. Not the exhibition at the fair, but an actual rodeo. Admittedly, I enjoy people watching as much as the events. The Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola hosts a rodeo where the inmates are the cowboys and the general public can attend. Its beginnings in 1965 was a small arena built by inmates. When they opened to the general public in 1967, patrons had to sit on apple crates or the hood of their cars to watch. As popularity grew a 4,500 seat arena was built and professional operators were hired for safety and true rodeo events. They even hire professional rodeo clowns for the safety of the inmates. This is a far cry from recreation for the inmates and entertainment for the employees.
M.O.D. black gose 6.66%

Not to be confused with mod’s vs rockers, todays design is a collaboration beer with the Museum of Death which has a location in New Orleans. I will be visiting this when I head to New Orleans; a night visit would be fitting. Among the offering currently on display: body bags, coffins, skull collection, theater of death, antique mortician apparatuses, Manson family photos, crime & morgue photos, artwork and letters from famous murderers, car accident photos, cannibalism, and more morbid oddities. The museum give fair warning of what you will se and not to bring children or weak stomachs. As for the style of beer, I thought a black sour was fitting, and I’ve never seen one yet.
Just Fine pale ale 5.7%

This week we explore Florida and the long closed Spearman Brewery from Pensacola. Random Florida fact of the day: if you leave an elephant tied to a parking meter, the same fine applies as a vehicle. Not sure why this is a law. Maybe due to the large number of retired circus entertainers living in the sunshine state. Can’t take the caravan to get milk and eggs—too much work and hard to park. “Tiny” on the other hand, fits well in a parking space and you can leave a bag of peanuts while you run into the Kwik-E-Mart. The tricky part this week will be doing continuous line art for each can.
Mullet Toss pale lager 4.7%

There is no business in any front with the Interstate Mullet Toss in the gulf coast of Florida and Alabama near the @_florabama. Originally a reason to party, the act of throwing dead mullet fish over the state line into Alabama has been an annual event to raise money for youth organizations on both sides of the border. The bar @_florabama has been known as a spot where a millionaire can be sitting next to a biker. Sounds like a visit would be damn fun. The bar has a motto inspired by their guests: 1. Always be responsive and sensitive to the human dignity of others; 2. Grant equal respect to all who enter the Flora-Bama, expecting the same in return; 3. To ensure our guests enjoy the magic of the Flora-Bama, leave safe and happy and come to visit us again with new friends. Cheers to that 🍺
*Animated label done by the talented folks at the Outshinery
Three, Two, One tripel 8.7%

The area code 321 was assigned purposely to Brevard County in Florida. Instead of Chicago getting the number as it would commonly happen, a petition was won by the residents of the county to land the number commemorating the impact of the space program. I still have moments thinking of space and astronauts, where I stop and wonder about what we have accomplished as the human race. Where we are going is pretty amazing too; Elon Musk talking about inhabiting Mars is what I love to hear. This cosmic moment is brought to you by a tripel ale; I blame the high % 🍺🍺🍺
To the Baars extra pale 6.2%

New York has the Lincoln Tunnel, London has the Chunnel, Ukraine has the Tunnel of Love, but Pensacola has the Tunnel to the Baars. Actually its called the Tree Tunnel, but the creator of the living archway was Mary Ellison Baars for her family’s estate in Pensacola. The original plan was for it to be an entrance to vacation homes for wealthy northerners, but the economy thwarted those plans in the early 20th century.
Shark Politics blood orange shandy 4.3%

This beer has little to do with politics, more to do with sharks. Which reminds me to set a reminder for when shark week comes around again. Anyway, the premise of this design is probability. Someone decided to compare the chance of shark attacks versus voter fraud in the state of Florida. From 2008–11 there were 72 shark attacks compared to the 49 voter fraud cases in the sunshine state. Although in 2011 alone, voter fraud ended out sharks by a whopping three.
Quick review for this week...left to right:
Rocky 4 was filmed in Wyoming, WYO is the proper AP abbreviation for Wyoming, the oldest county library system in the U.S. is Laramie county, Buck Horn Bar & Parlor is an infamous stop while traveling through, and a pilot who was stuck on the runway for hours, became a hero by ordering pizza for the whole plane while they waited. 

Funny Face, witte 5.6%

Why the long face? Because church is not for laughter. Phony and funny facial hair is outlawed in Alabama…but only in church. I guess they don’t want any reason for snickering during the sermon. I would like to know the story behind this law. Maybe it was someone who wasn’t allowed to stay home and check fantasy stats for their last minute roster changes before kickoff.
I didn’t see the sign officer, dark ale 7.3%

Another strange law from Alabama for todays design. It is illegal for a driver to be wearing a blindfold while operating a motorized vehicle. Now there has to be a loophole for the demolition derby right? I’ve been to a few where there is a two person team with the driver blindfolded while the passenger tells them when to turn and smash into the other cars. I’m sure dirt roads don’t apply for this rule, how else will they practice. If they do get pulled over while practicing, we should all be able to watch the dash cam footage of that one. Especially if they make the driver to a field sobriety test with the blindfold on. Off to Youtube to see if a video exists already...
No Bones About It, abbey ale 6.4%

Alabama strikes down with vengeance and furious anger against game playing. Dominoes cannot be played on a law. I don’t know if it refers to the intended game or using them to arrange a domino show; I had to search for what it was called, so now we both know. Without looking up the wording of the law, I like to assume that it was to make people show up to church instead of playing. This makes me wonder what the community was like. Is there a large domino playing population in Alabama? Were they dispersed years ago when the law was passed? Did they go underground with their games? Perhaps they opened a members-only church and played within to hide from the authorities.
Will Wrestle for Cold Bears, wee heavy 8.5%

Weird laws just keep getting weirder in Bama —it's a felony to engage in bear wrestling. Well that saves a few arguments. If you wish to engage in your run of the mill bear wrestling, you’ll get arrested. If you are in some black market, back alley, Deer Hunter Russian roulette type of match with bears…go ahead and roll the dice. Brick Tamland would do it.
Saver, saison 5.3%

The fuzz is coming after your frozen treats in Bama. It is illegal to put an ice cream cone in your back pocket in the state of Alabama. I have seen this odd law in other states and have a few theories for why it came to be. Bees! A melted sticker mess in your pocket could attract bees and back in the day epipens were not invented yet. Horses perhaps? You may make a new friend or be accosted in the rear by a nearby equine. Also, why just the back pocket? Front pocket is fair game? If anyone knows the origin of this please comment, we all want to know.
Lets be Frank, altbier 4.9%

Wunderbier is a rebrand of Wunder Brewery from Baltimore, Maryland. Wunder was the surname that connected a few owners from 1869–1885. It began as Anna & Frederick Wunder Brewery, then in 1872 it became Frederick Wunder Brewery, then its final brand was Miss Anna Wunder Brewery in 1881. Divorce perhaps? We’ll assume that they split, Freddy thought he could do it himself, then had to sell to his ex after a few years. Seeing the Wunder name made me think of wunderbar, and decided to rename it Wunderbier or "miracle beer”. Makes so much sense and I was surprised that the name wasn’t used. If anyone takes it after reading this, I will be collecting my beer tax in perpetuity.

Frank Zappa was one of the many artists I was exposed to as a kid, thanks to my parents taste in music. It began in the womb when my mother—eight months along—went to the Palace in Albany New York to see Frank and the Mothers of Invention perform. From what I’m told, someone threw a ring on stage and struck Frank which ended the show early. My mother informed me that I didn’t enjoy my first concert very much or was dancing a lot in her belly. I’d like to think I enjoyed it. They had just released Studio Tan which could be the soundtrack for a Red and Stimpy episode.
Rain Stop, porter 7.8%

Random fact from Maryland that became a can design today: the first umbrella factory in America was established in Baltimore in 1828. In the spirit of cross promotion it would be odd for an umbrella company to pair with a brewery. But that’s the rub, it would stand out and grab attention. The commercial for the umbrellas would be nice to show someone enjoying their beer under an umbrella while someone else is getting rain in theirs.
Eye Got It, IPA 6.3%

If you haven’t been to Baltimore and looked at the common beer options, National Bohemian is the official beer of Baltimore and the Oriole’s. Their one eyed cartoon mascot Mr. Boh has been an icon for the brand and has extended as an icon for the city. The mystery of the missing eye was addressed with their largest competitor: Gunther Beer. When children would ask where is Mr. Boh’s eye, the slogan, “Gunther's got it” was given. Sadly, Gunther Beer was purchased by Schaefer and dissolved. So to pick up the torch, we have today’s design and the found eye. *Disclosure: I've never had a Natty Boh...yet 🍻
Overshoot, bock 8.3%

I am a huge fan of military tactics that think outside of the box to outsmart the enemy. One example is when the U.S. hired movie and television professionals during WWII to trick the Germans. The best tricks were inflatable tanks and recorded sounds played to simulate large groups moving through the woods. For todays design we look back to the Revolutionary war era and the seaside town of Saint Michaels in Maryland. They were warned of a British attack to happen in the early morning, so they raised the ship lanterns to the top of the masts and the town lanterns to the tops of the trees. This caused the British cannons to overshoot the town and was the first known blackout; which begs for a dark beer.
Lightning Rod, dry hopped pilsner 5.6%

Back from hiatus and back at it with Mountain Spring brewing from New Hampshire. Open from 1893–1904 under variations of the same name adapted for this week, will be fleshed out in an art nouveau style. The first offering is refers to a law in the granite state; it is illegal to sell lightning rods without a license. I just assumed that lightning rods were an item you would find at the fair or create with some spare rebar. After I post this, I’ll be searching craigslist for lightning rods. Should I feel safer with a rod from a licensed dealer instead of a black market rod? I’ll keep you posted.
No Chaser, barrel aged stout 10.6%

Barrel aged stout in a can? I don’t remember seeing one, so why not. Today we examine another law that relates to hunting, dogs, and chasing. In New Hampshire it is illegal to shoot an animal chased up a tree by a dog NOT in your hunting party. How? How is this policed? Who hangs around strays to snag an animal? Maybe it was put in place to instill some hunting etiquette. Don’t shoot an animal that is being chased by another hunting party canine?
Abduction, pale wheat 5.2%

Aliens were first brought up in the New Mexico designs for Hauswald Brewery and now with Mountain Spring. The first widely publicized case of alien abduction was in Portsmouth New Hampshire. In 1961, Betty and Barney Hill were taken by beings from outer space and replaced on earth 35 miles away. Betty’s notes, tapes, and other items from the encounter are in the permanent collection of the University of New Hampshire. The detail of their encounter sparked movies and television shows referring to the case of the Hill couple. #aliens #extraterrestrial
Festive Ale, wheat 5.3%

Many people associate jazz with New Orleans, but the first jazz festival began in Newport Rhode Island in 1954 and still continues annually. Anyone lucky enough to attend the first year was luck enough to enjoy a two day lineup of a lifetime. Performers included: Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Errol Gardner, Gene Krupa, Oscar Peterson, Stan Kenton, and so many more of what could be the best era of jazz. This weeks brewery is Pawtucket’s Hand and I’m assuming that they would be asked to create a commemorative beer and can to sell exclusively at the festival.
Lawn Tennis, pilsner 4.3%

Lawn tennis has a history in Rhode Island. The first championship was held at the Newport Casino in late June of 1899. This was the beginning of the current U.S. Open of tennis. Wimbledon—which is currently underway—had their championship on grass prior to the states, which likely inspired the event across the pond. I’ve seen with golf that they sometimes have modern players use vintage equipment and clothing to see how the game once was. Does this happen with tennis too? Could @serenawilliams cross the court in a long dress? @rafaelnadal in slacks, shirt, and tie? Maybe a bowtie for performance sake.
Shotgun, blood orange pale ale 5.6%

Do vampires shotgun blood? Probably not, but they might shotgun a beer and a blood orange pale ale will have to do. If you ever visit Exeter, there is a grave to visit if you’re a fan of vampires or all things horror fantasy. Mercy Brown and much of her family died from disease. The townsfolk suspected her of being a vampire, so they convinced everyone to dig up her grave and check the corpse. She showed almost no signs of decay, which further explained their theory. The fact that her body was kept in a cold storage area for two months prior to a winter burial was not considered as an explanation. Her brother was sick with the same disease at the time of exhuming her grave, so the townsfolk decided the best medicine was to burn his sister’s heart and feed him the ashes. He died.
Holy Smoke, smoked porter 7.6%

Any pipe smokers out there? I had to think of the last time I saw someone enjoying a pipe in public…I can’t remember. Although there are obvious health problems, I give credit to pipe collectors. There are some really beautiful ones out there, especially when carved from rare materials. Why pipes and Rhode Island? In Newport it is illegal to smoke a pipe after sunset. Another law that is not enforced and just as forgotten as pipe smokers themselves. There must have been a reason for the law and secret smoking dens to still enjoy after sunset. This one took a few minutes to massage in the logo and beer name. Vintage ad was scooped from the @nyplpicturecollection
Bubblah wheat ale 5%

For today I am leaving the description up to my partner in design @chelsea.leeder due to her expertise in all things Rhode Island and for giving me the info for today’s design. "In search of some cool refreshment? If you lived in Rhode Island, you'd probably seek out a bubbler, what they call their drinking fountains. Instead, you can quench your thirst with this fine ale.” Thanks for the intel partner. *posted on remote at the @engine7design offices today
Dirty Doppel 8.7%

For this week I have resurrected Carl Clauder brewery from Winston-Salem, that was in operation from 1805–1910. Todays design echoes one of the two standard movies for teenage girls of the past few generations. When a song from their soundtrack plays at a wedding—guaranteed—you will see ladies hands rise above their heads as they converge on the parquet. I think it will be studied by cultural anthropologists some day; or possibly one of those Ozzy Man videos. My favorite thing about Dirty Dancing is the videos of couples failing at the lift. The film was shot on location in Lake Lure in North Carolina, which is now a private residential community called Firefly Cove.
Babe pale ale 5.6%

George Herman Ruth began his career with the Baltimore Orioles farm team in 1914. Their spring training was held in Fayetteville and hosted his first ever professional home run. The blast to right field was reported locally to be longer than the previous long shot of Jim Thorpe. It was also during this rookie season that his teammates nicknamed him “babe”. Although it is unique to us, calling younger players babe was common during that era. Anyone out there have a signature with his full name? I did see one in a search but it was on paper; not a ball.
Atlantic Graveyard, rum barrel aged porter 8.7%

Yo ho ho and there are a lot of shipwrecks near the NorthCarolina coast. The outer banks region is a tourist haven nowadays, but once was deadly for approaching ships. Blackbeard was known to frequent the area while over 1,000 vessels have sunk there since 1526. I guess he had a better depth chart. This record number of shipwrecks has lead to it being called the "graveyard of the Atlantic”
Acid Park, bourbon barrel aged stout 10.8%

If you drink enough it will start spinning™

The subject for todays designs an odd one. There is a legend for a former artist installation in Wilson, North Carolina. Vollis Simpson created numerous whirligigs alongside the road to commemorate his daughters death which was due to an acid trip. At least that is what legend explains as the origin for what was called "Acid Park." Simpson kept creating his whirligigs until his death in 2013 at age 94. To preserve his creations @vsimpsonwhirligigpark has been moving his spinning art to another location and carefully restoring them. The new display is an off-beat attraction for the small town and a perfect place to show up, drop in, and tune out. Or just take a photo for the scrapbook.
Funkadelic, double IPA 8.3%

One of the great artists born in North Carolina is the doctor of funk himself, George Clinton. His early career was as a staff songwriter for Motown. The Parliaments was created while he was still in high school as a dog-wop group, and yes it was named after the cigarette brand. They later evolved into the funk group we know today, bringing the mothership down to earth. Funkadelic was a name change after their original record company went bankrupt and the rights to the name was in limbo. In the 70’s he revived Parliament as a name for the group, still with the original five members from high school. Not many groups last that long without splitting up.