Name: I’m a huge fan of humor, unique names, and obscure references. So, this name speaks to me on many levels.
Art work: I’m also a fan of complex art work with tons of detail. Although the art here isn’t like that, I can definitely see that the cartoony style goes better with the name.
Beer description: Doubling down on the humor approach. Absolutely have to admire that. Also have to admire the cojones involved in putting an obscenity in a product description. And there is a good explanation of the name as well.
Just the facts: ABV and the best drinking temperature. Not bad. I do like to also know at least the IBU.
Label quality: The label is printed directly on the can. In addition, there are no dings, dents, scratches, etc. This can is in pretty good shape.
Time for another container review. Today we’re going to take a look one of the very first cans from an up and coming brewery in Central Florida. Red Cypress Brewery opened about a year ago and has already progressed to a point where they are producing cans for distribution. I see big things in the future for this brewery. If they aren’t in your area, I’m sure they will be some day.
without further delay, Here is Devil’s Chair from Red Cypress Brewery.
Name: I’m always glad when a beer is named something above and beyond just the style of the beer. And Devil’s Chair just plain sounds cool.
Art work: The interpretation of Devil’s chair is pretty funny. And extra points because they got the Red Cypress logo in there as well in a meaningful way.
Beer description: Now we’re cookin’ with gas. Finally, a description that actually explains the name of the beer. They also give a good indication of what to expect from the flavor. And, to boot, they throw in more devil jokes. A+
Just the facts: ABV and IBU. The standards, but the IBU is critical knowledge for IPAs, so good on them.
Label quality: The label is fully printed on the can (not a cheap plastic sleeve) and there are no nicks, scratches, or dents. This one’s pretty well done.
I have a very special container review today. This can of Pompous Ass English Ale from Great Lakes Brewery in Toronto marks 600 different breweries in my collection! Personally, I think that’s more impressive and telling than that there are over 1700 bottles and cans. So, without further ado…
Name: Love it! Humorous, descriptive, unique. A+
Art work: The art work definitely matched the name. I think the color scheme was even chosen well for what they were going for. Again, well done.
Beer description: Quite the detailed description. Lacks a little of the humor that got started with the title.
Just the facts: ABV, serving temperature, where to find them on social media, and even a name “Fuggled Doublebottom” for the Pompous Ass himself. Not too shabby
Pop top: Nothing going on here. Standard.
Label quality: All is well. No dents, dings, or creases.
Name: Excellent. Most of Yards beers (at least the ones that I have seen) are named after US Founding Fathers. Good to see them venture out into other areas. I’m not sure that a “Pugilist Style Ale” is an actual thing, but what do I know about beer.
Art work: Quite nice. Ties the theme together. I’m sure there’s a story about why the Brawler is boxing the Devil. Wish I know what that story was.
Beer description: The big description on the main label covers the brewery and the additional description on the neck label covers the beer. Pretty thorough.
Just the facts: Just ABV. Wish there was more considering all of the descriptions going on.
Bottle neck label: It’s there and it has lots of info. Go team.
Label quality: This is an example of why I evaluate label quality. This neck label is peeling back. Sometimes this can be caused by condensation, but I looked through every bottle available and this was the best hey had to offer. Too many breweries just don’t put forth a lot of effort on this front. Time to step up your game Yards.
Name: The name makes me feel happy (which I’m sure is much the point)
Art work: Hard to go wrong with goats and beer. Good art work.
Bottle neck label: Not only do they have a neck label, they have neck bling! I had to get an extra bottle of it just so I could give Mrs. UsedHair a goat decoration in hopes that she wouldn’t steal mine.
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock description
Beer description: Short and sweet. But it does give me an idea of what I’ll be drinking. Mission accomplished.
Just the facts: Just ABV.
Bottle cap: Plain white. Must have blown the budget on the neck bling.
Label quality: It’s on straight and not peeling anywhere. Far better than I can say for most others.
Art work: Crisp, Clean, and simple. Not bad, but not my style. I like complicated artwork with lots of detail. I do like the highly reflective can surface being used (even though it makes pictures hard to capture).
Beer description: Lots of description of where/when to drink the beer. But, not much in the way of describing the actual beer. Leaves me with a lot of questions such as: What is a table beer? Is there some history to the name/style? Is this a light beer, a hoppy beer, a yeasty beer?
Just the facts: ABV only. Still not answering any of my questions about color, bitterness, types of malts or yeasts used, etc. But I have plenty of information on their social media outlets.
Pop top: Nothing new here. Standard pop top.
Label quality: The can has a few crinkles. Only defects are my own fault. Benchmark is blame free on this one.