North Brewing

Beer Labels

The Brief


My good buddies at North Brewing approached me to be part of a local artist collective-driven label redesign.  I was given 2 types of beer “Midnight – A Strong Dark Belgian” and “Dark Sky – Glenora Barrel Aged Strong Dark Belgian”.  They were accompanied with some beautifully written poetry.

What We Did

This project was really fun because it involved collaborating with other artists and of course, beer! The inspiration/creation of this label was the outcome of the marriage of both traditional and digital art. For Dark Sky, I was really driven by the tasting notes and began sketching the stone fruit, hops, cherries, wheat into a hand lettered font and paired it with a hand painted aurora borealis style abstract.  Midnight followed suit using a palette similar inspired by moonlit objects.




Questions persist and we look down at screens to give us answers.
Meanwhile, stars and ancient marvel are obstructed by the lights we make.
Retreat. Here’s an invitation.
Seek the dark sky, the cherry glow of fading day, dusky chocolate, nightfall fruit. Take a sip to look up with, that timeless ritual in which you are infinitely contained.



Put dark sky in a barrel.
And old one. And Wait.
From the decay new beauty will unfold, aged and wizened beauty, be patient – you will taste the time it took.
It will be laden with character, it will carry history and soak up grace enough to boast.
But it won’t;
sophistication doesn’t have to.