A. About three years ago, Bristol Brewing Co. put out a call for entries for a label design for the Smokebrush Porter. A group of coworkers and I thought it would be fun to try our hands at beer label design. A few of us entered, then attended the Smokebrush Porter release party in 2011, where I had my first taste of the beer. I ended up winning second runner-up in that contest, taking home a box of Bristol beer and feeling pretty pleased with myself.
A. When one does any research on the Smokebrush Foundation, Uncle Wilber is one of the first things that comes up. It’s an obvious choice, but it’s also a cornerstone of our city’s downtown in the summer. I love seeing kids enjoying the water, and I love that the Smokebrush Foundation cares enough to make maintaining and running the fountain a priority. The brush strokes and paint splotches for water droplets in the image are an homage to Smokebrush’s patronage of the arts in the community.
A. I really like the beer! But I’m kind of glad that they really only celebrate it once a year — it makes it more special.
A. The beer! I believe this is the seventh year for Smokebrush Porter. Or were you being more esoteric? I like to think that creating, then drinking, a tasty beer would inspire anyone to get creative and take ownership of it through a label. That’s my experience as a novice homebrewer, anyway.
A. I’ve been carrying a Sharpie around in my purse for this purpose. You don’t think Coaltrain would mind if I preemptively signed a few on their shelves, do you? (Kidding, Coaltrain employees. Kidding. Please don’t ban me from your store!)