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breweriana.coasters: Make your own story


I love these coasters, and while they are not a set or even beer coasters they seemed to make a great story together.   I’ve arranged them to tell my own story!-)

You also have two biscuits with your coffee?

A

The Dutch are just more progressive, especially for 1988.  I not sure any other country, even today, could get a way with scene on a coaster.  The caption literally translated is “You also have two biscuits with your coffee?”  Funny in any context but it takes on a whole new meaning when paired with this illustration.

Hands off my coffee, friend.

B

It seems the Dutch take their coffee ownership pretty seriously.  Don’t make this mistake the next time you are in Amsterdam.  Literally translated as “Hands off my coffee, pal.”

Darling ca I go? My coffee calls.

C

Then the ending. Or is it?  Literally translated as “Darling, can I go?  My coffee calls.”

This was some sort of a contest. The back of each coaster has a speech balloon and instructions to write the next passage and if your entry is one of the 101 they choose you will receive a silver pendent shaped like a coffee bean with an emerald.  That sounds like a pretty good prize, unfortunately the contest ended 23 years ago.

Now it is your turn!  I won’t be giving away a silver coffee bean pendant with an emerald but I will be giving away a very nice, heavy duty denim apron with a fancy hop graphic that I designed.

How to enter:

Follow this LINK to enter your comments.  I know it is a pain in the butt, however, I have better control of entrant data there and so I can track down the winners much easier this way.

My Session: Beer label, coaster and cap art.


I started collecting labels when my homebrewing hobby kicked into high gear some fifteen years ago.  Before I could reuse the bottles they had to be cleaned, of course, and I found that many times the labels would float to the top while the bottles soaked.  At some point I started putting those labels in protector sheets and ranking/reviewing the beers for future reference.  It was a nice record of what I had tasted over the years and at the last count I had nearly 500 labels.  Then I started keeping track of my beers in a digital format, starting with a Palm Pilot and now on my iPhone. Keeping a digital beer journal and kegging has certainly reduced the amount of  label clutter and effectively killed my label collection but it hasn’t had any impact on my reaction to an awesome label. I am as guilty as anyone when it comes to judging a book by its cover but while I was searching through my stash of labels I found it interesting that I can’t separate the beer from the label.  I may have thought the label was cool but if the beer didn’t hold up its end of the hype then that somehow diminished the label art for me.

My label example comes from the Odell Brewing Company. Myrcenary is a wonderful Double IPA which is one of the reasons it made the cut but  also this label speaks to my inner artist and illustrator.  I love the color palate with the bright yellow drawing our eye to the side car.  The bags of hops that are tied down but  still loosing some of their contents adds a sense of speed to this journey. The illustration captures a magical moment in this journey but the scene leaves me with more questions than answers.  Where are you going with all those hops?  Why are you going so fast, is it an emergency?  Is that a magical Hagrid-style motorcycle?

Myrcenary

Odell's Mercenary

My coaster sample seems fairly plain after that magical Odell label but this beer was no less magical to me.   What I found interesting about my coasters (I sifted through a hundred or so) is that I couldn’t separate the coaster from the drinking experience in much the same way I couldn’t separate the label from it’s beer.  I picked this coaster because of the experience it represents.  Chimay was my first Trappiste beer experience and for a long time the only Trappiste beer I could find. During a trip to Belgium I had the opportunity to visit Chimay and its Abbaye de Scourmont.  After a reflective tour of the abbaye we drove into town where we found a small bar and enjoyed the abbaye’s cheese and beer.  This coaster came off the table, of course, complete with someone else’s beer stains.

Chimay

Chimay coaster

My beer fridge/kegerator is decorated with close to a hundred caps and this cap holds a place of respect, well a place that is far enough up so the kids don’t pull it off and loose it. I picked this cap not because the beer was great -it was good but IMHO not the best in the world – but also because I found it interesting that I can separate the cap from the beer.  I also picked this cap because it is also the label and (at the time) it is the only way you can tell which Westy beer you were about to open. Also, I picked this cap because it is somewhat a badge of honor.  Yes, indeed I had the pleasure of drinking the #1 rated (at the time) beer in the world.

Westvleteren

Westvleteren Cap

Breweriana: Coasters


I had to post this one…

De Koninck coasterThere is just something funny about cartoon buildings drinking beer especially when one of them is a church.  The Google Translation of the Dutch is pretty rough: the Scheldt river of documents, to the mighty river, she could not but Antwerp and its port aandaen omte taste.  If you know Dutch I would love a translation.  Until then, write your own translation!

Courtesy Wikipedia.

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My wife’s uncle gave me a pack of these a few years ago.  I couldn’t find anything about Bavery except that it was a contract brewer.  If you have any information about Bavery’s or you can answer the age old question “Brunette or blonde?” then pleas reply.
Brunett or Blonde?  I am not sure what is happening here. Where are these women?  Is this a post apocalyptic morning?  Did the ballistic shine burn off their tops? Are they looking for a beer?

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In an effort to expand on the “nonsense” part of my “Beer Reviews, Education and Nonsense” motto, I am continuing my series of posts that will focus on breweriana.  There will be larger categories such as beer coasters, beer signs, and beer posters, etc.  However, beer movies, beer commercials or anything else beer related can and probably will be included.

Today, I will continue with beer coasters.  I have quite a collection of beer coasters as I am sure you do.  They make great souvenirs because  they are light, they fit easily into our pockets or carry-on bags and they are free! But even more than that, I think coasters are perfect souvenirs because that little piece of chipboard can remind us of a particular drinking session.

I found this gem in a box of miscellaneous coasters I received for Christmas a few years ago.  I didn’t think much of it until I was looking through them to find coasters for this blog series.  Turns out beer wasn’t the only thing willkommen in Munich that year.

Munich 1972

Front

I love the green felt hat and I want to get one next time I am in Germany, however, I think I will pass on the feather duster.

Munchen

Back

Breweriana: Coasters


In an effort to expand on the “nonsense” part of my “Beer Reviews, Education and Nonsense” motto, I am continuing a series of posts that will focus on breweriana.  There will be larger categories such as beer coasters, beer signs, and beer posters, etc.  However, beer movies, beer commercials or anything else beer related can and probably will be included.

This week I will continue with beer coasters.  I have quite a collection of beer coasters as I am sure you do.  They make great souvenirs because  they are light, they fit easily into our pockets or carry-on bags and they are free! But even more than that, I think coasters are perfect souvenirs because that little piece of chipboard can remind us of a particular drinking session.

At some point you will probably start receiving coasters from other people.  I am fortunate because my Mother and Uncle are always on the lookout for unique coasters and the coaster below is one such gift given to me by my Uncle who lives in Europe.

Alcohol-free beer

Roughly translated: You have the whole night of drinking. All the good beer without the alcohol.

This one is a gem.   Look at all those people having fun without alcohol.  Curiously though, no one seems to have had anything drink. That must be why they are so happy . . .  they didn’t have to drink that yellow water!

Beer Gear


If I’m not writing about or drinking beer you can bet  I am illustrating beer. Now you can buy some really cool beer gear with a HopHeadSaid logo or one of my other unique beer illustrations printed on it.  You can get nearly any combination of the following so visit my store for specifics @ http://www.cafepress.com/HopHeadSaid_Merchandise 

Shirts:

Men's T-shirt Wormen's t-shirt Women's Tank Men's Polo

Fun Stuff:

Pint Glass  iPhone 3 Case BEER clock

Stationary/Prints/Posters

Journal BEER print Magnet BEER note card

 

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