Monday, November 5, 2012

If I Imbibed. . .

I am not now, have never been, and never will be, a consumer of alcohol.  But if I were, surely I would be swayed by the picturesque, beautiful boxes the stuff comes in.  If you ever see me lingering in the liquor aisle at Fred's, I'm not contemplating a life-style change, I just can't look away from the striking art on the beer/ale cartons.  (Question: are beer and ale the same thing?).  Take the tour!

First, the seasonal:

Rogue (Dead Guy Ale!) did not appear at Winco until just before Halloween; do ales and other alcohol have seasonal versions, or at least seasonal containers?? 


What a pretty box.  I would buy Pumpkin Ale to serve in October and November.

Angry Orchard should be served on a dark and stormy night.  Reading Dracula or Rebecca would be appropriate.

Another tree theme, this one wine.   A companion to Something Wicked This Way Comes, Helter Skelter or, break out your Steven King collection.


Christmas is just around the corner.  Pick up some holiday-appropriate ale along w/ your gifts.


How about some stunning scenery with your beer / ale??

 The Donner Party camped by this lovely lake and mountains, but I doubt they enjoyed it much.


A Pacific Northwest view.


Black Butte is a favorite vacation spot of many Portlanders.  It looks just like this:

I have lived in a place (Boise) that had an inversion problem and it's not pleasant, so why would they name a beer that?


These retro designs send me right back into the 50s and 60s:

Longboard is from Hawaii, but the scene reminds me of Malibu Beach.  Remember that movie, The Endless Summer?  

Who doesn't love the old song? 

A creative display of beverages in front of the Great Pyramids in a Garden of Eden setting.


Fat Tire takes me back to childhood.  Sadly, my bike was not this cool.

Another bicycle theme, another Deschutes Brewery (located a few hours away in Bend Oregon).

The Patriotic:
This one I am familiar with.  Portland's mayor is Sam (uel) Adams.  When he was running for office he received a letter from a lawyer for Boston Beer Company asking him to  give up his Sam Adams websites, as they felt it infringed on their company.   His reply: "They say they've been using this trademark since 1984 . . . I've been using it since 1963."

Wildlife:

The very cool abstract kangaroo.  A Town Like Alice?

Bridgeport Brewery is located in NW Portland and uses the St. Johns Bridge on their logo.  A few times I've smelled crafted beer in the air downtown, perhaps from Bridgeport or from Henry Weinhards.

Also by Bridgeport, and I give this one FIRST PLACE for a creative and an intriguing pretty picture (plus I may be related to the dude)  Sit down with Anna Karenina:

Odds and ends:

Widmer's is not artsy like the above, but gives a smart and clean impression.  It's like beer wearing a suit.


Psychedelically pretty.  Read The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test.


The weird:
I have no words.

2 comments:

  1. Oh, now you've made me want to check out the liquor lanes at my local stores! Who knew I was missing such pretty stuff by skipping that aisle? Thanks for sharing these.

    I found this explanation on beer and ale. Apparently they aren't the same - except for when they are.

    http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-the-difference-between-beer-and-ale.htm#lbimages

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