Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

In honor of my second-favorite holiday (Halloween is first), Matt and I brewed a traditional dry Irish stout that we named “Lucky Ewe.” (Haaaaahahah, see what we did there?!) In the past we’ve brewed a few iterations of an Irish red ale, but decided to switch it up this year to try something darker and roastier. Lucky Ewe came out with some really nice coffee and chocolate notes and an interesting cherry-like finish.

I finally took it upon myself to illustrate, design, and label this beer–I’ve been meaning to create an official label for a homebrew for a long time–and this was the perfect opportunity since our family members and a few close friends were coming over to celebrate. Here’s a look at the process I went through to make it happen:

First, I drew the ewe, then cleaned her up a bit in Photoshop …

EweSketch
… then I combined her with some tasting note illustrations, and some typography …
Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 10.07.14 PM
… printed and cut the labels, stuck them on the bottles, and voilà! Lucky Ewe was born.

EweBottles

So raise a glass today: to St. Patrick (allegedly) driving the snakes out of Ireland, to your loved ones, to your favorite homebrewer, or to your awesome self. I leave you with one of my favorite Irish toasts:

“May those who love us, love us.
And for those who don’t love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if he can not turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles,
So we may know them by their limping.”

Sláinte!

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