Vermont’s Hippest Craft Breweries Showcase Fantastic Label Artwork

The craft beer revolution is based on creativity. Unique flavors and processes have come together to produce innovative styles of beer from fruity IPA’s to subtle and refined ales. It’s only natural that the packaging on the outside of a beer has become just as important as the expressive and bold flavors within. In Vermont, the nation’s craft beer capital with over 56 craft breweries, brands are showcasing their identities in the form of beer cans and labels.

A New Type of Canvas

No longer is canned beer looked down upon as something that’s only used for lowly, dull-flavored beers. Today, brewmasters are replacing glass bottles and embracing the can. Not only is it a safer way to transport beer, but a pint-sized aluminum can offers a bountiful canvas where artists can truly release their creativity.

Craft Artist Showcase

Breweries are having more fun with their beer labels than ever, and many commission local artists to come up with illustrations for new releases. Magic Hat Brewing even holds an annual contest where artists can submit their designs to be featured as future labels for the next season. Beer labels have become more than just an advertisement for beer, but also the artist as well. Alchemist Beer, for example, features their beer label artists online as well as on different types of merchandise. Also, by transforming beer into an artwork, drinkers are starting to keep hold of empty cans for their own personal collection.

A Beer Lover’s Paradise

In Vermont, you can see the best of these brew illustrations in person through their many beer tours, festivals, and tastings. For the perfect beer holiday, spend a long weekend in Stowe, Vermont at the Topnotch Resort. Not only will you be central to the best breweries in town, but you’ll also have access to their luxury spa, private tennis courts, and equestrian center. Discover this and many of their other special packages here.

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  • Reply March 8, 2018


    One of the (many) things I love about my husband is that he’s not a wine aficionado. He’s a beer guy. This means that there’s always beer in the house. Our friends are beer people, too. If I’m cooking dinner, they will bring over beer for everyone, usually with a new brand/flavor to try. Here’s the thing: I don’t like beer. At. All. However, they recently brought over a pumpkin beer, and fan that I am of all things pumpkin, I kept the leftovers. Only my brain would see a pumpkin beer and decide I should bake with it. I present to you the recipe for my very first loaf of bread NOT made in the bread maker. I cannot encourage you enough to make this. This pumpkin beer bread has a crackly crust and the insides of the loaf have an almost muffin-like softness. There is the faintest hint of fall in the pumpkin beer scent/taste. As a side note, while I would love to tell you this was baked in an orange loaf pan to represent the pumpkin/fall theme of the recipe, I just have orange loaf pans. I found them years ago at the Crate &Barrel Outlet and cannot say enough good things about them. Here is the recipe, adapted from this recipe for Guinness Beer Bread on Wishes and Dishes:

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