I’ve been illustrating beer labels for a local artisan brewery in Glenwood, Iowa – my hometown. A gig like this is kind of a dream gig. You have so much room for expression in a beer label, and hey – I happen to know a thing or two about beer, thanks to my husband Tim who does some home brewing.
Keg Creek Brewery really likes to connect to its local history, so the beers are named and themed after important local places and events. Like the Wabash Wheat, honoring the old Wabash Railroad. And now, a broad swath of it’s old tracks has been converted into a beautiful scenic bike trail.
The home base of the brewery is in this old building that has been many things, but when it was first built in the 1950s, it was Kizzier’s, a gas station and mechanic. So with a few reference photos I got to recreate the scene.
These are just the juicy parts of the label with the text and government nonsense layered out and cut off, just to show the good stuff.
It’s a really fun style to work in, and I have loved every minute of working on these. And probably more to come.
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