Since I am on this crazy diet and can’t drink any alcohol, I’ve decided to do the next best alcohol-related activity…homebrewing.
Much to my wife’s chagrin, I’ve decided to produce two big batches of beers for consumption over the Christmas period once my diet is over. I will, of course, be drinking in moderation and will be careful not to undo all of the dieting I had done over the preceding two months. 🙂
For something different, I’m going to get funky and dress my beer bottles up with some nice labels to impress the family. The designs are pictured here.
A set of labels and ‘neckers’ (they’re the labels on the neck of the bottle) are currently winging their way to me from the US-based beer label producer, GrogTag. Their tagline is quite funny: ‘At least your beer will look good’.
GrogTag has a simple online design tool that allows you to modify over 100 label designs. Choose your design template, enter the desired text, and you’re away. They’re not cheap (USD$20 for 24 labels, then a USD$25 fee for postage…ouch), but worth trying out for Christmas.
The two beers that I’ve decided to make are:
- Wehnerbier Christmas Pale Ale: A handcrafted Australian wheat and barley malt pale ale, flavoured with Cascade and Willamette hops
- Wehnerbier Weihnachts Weizen (Christmas Wheat Beer): A traditional, cloudy Bavarian wheat beer with hints of banana and cloves
They certainly sound good on paper. The brewing starts this weekend, so hopefully the product does the labels justice.
I’ll be sure to keep a sample for you.