The Annual BYO Label Contest is never an easy task when it comes to sitting down at the judging table. A good number of man hours is spent in fierce debate, steadfast appeal for support, an occasional filibuster and a checks and balances system so complex that our label electing democracy could never fail. When it came down to the final stretch, it was one thought that united the BYO staff in choosing of our Grand Champion: “Who came up with the idea for an udder-capper and where can we get one?” Creativity is key to a contest of this nature. Joel Miller broke the mold with the innovative technique of capping the udders of a dairy cow for his Cream Stout. Our hats are off to Joel for his brave step into the milking frontier. (Note: No animals were harmed in the designing of this label).
GRAND CHAMPION LABEL
Joel Miller • Harrington Park, New Jersey
Prizes: 6-gallon Better-Bottle from Bader Beer & Wine Supply, Inc.; 6-pound bag of Gold Malt Extract and a Classic Liquor kit from Northwestern Extract Co.; Yeast coupons from White Labs, Inc.; Gift certificate from The Brewer’s Apprentice; Party Pig set-up package from Quoin Industrial; Gift certificate from Grape and Granary
This fine piece of original artwork was drawn with pastels, colored pencils and ink. These drawing tools are a favorite of Joel’s, who submitted two other original labels: “Buzzed Bunny Brown Ale” and “Half in the Bag Bass Pale Ale,” which depicts the tail end of a fish with a brown bag covering the upper half of its body. Congratulations Joel!
FIRST PLACE LABEL
Phil Chesnut • Seattle, Washington
Prizes: 6-gallon Better-Bottle from Bader Beer & Wine Supply, Inc.; 6-pound bag of Gold Malt Extract and a Classic Liquor kit from Northwestern Extract Co.; Yeast coupons from White Labs, Inc.; Gift certificate from Morning Glory Fermentation Supply
Blues music writer Phil Chestnut has been drawing his own labels in blues fashion since his first batch. In 1996 his work hit a high note when he won second place in our contest for his Muddy Water Stout. Here he displays three Kings on his Holiday Porter: Albert, B.B and Freddy King.
SECOND PLACE LABEL
Lee Birkett • E. Dundee, Illinois
Prizes: 6-gallon Better-Bottle from Bader Beer & Wine Supply, Inc.; 6-pound bag of Gold Malt Extract and a Classic Liquor kit from Northwestern Extract Co.; Yeast coupons from White Labs, Inc.; Mini-tote from Tote-A-Keg
This label was one of the easier submissions to judge. After one look, the judges knew this was going to be our “No.2” label. When we caught wind that this is the label Mrs. Birkett created for Lee’s second homebrew, it was a natural selection for second place. The inspiration behind the No.2 Pointer Porter was Birkett’s English Pointer, a silhouette of which is the focal point of the label.
THIRD PLACE LABEL
Lance Saeger • Richfield, Minnesota
Prizes: 6-gallon Better-Bottle from Bader Beer & Wine Supply, Inc.; 6-pound bag of Gold Malt Extract and a Classic Liquor kit from Northwestern Extract Co.; Yeast coupons from White Labs, Inc.
When Lance Saeger became interested in homebrewing, he happened to be remodeling his basement. The idea of painting a bottle to look like a galvanized steel pipe and filling it with an amber ale that looked like rusty water was a winner for Saeger, who is a graphic designer by profession.
HONORABLE MENTION LABELS
Glenn Fehnel • Lancaster, PA
Prize: ProMash brewing software from The Pumphouse
Barry Fitzgerald • Lawrence, KS
Prize: Fleece jacket from Muntons p.l.c.
Ian Crockett • Daly City, CA
Prize: Gift certificate from HopTech
Connie & Jan Hargrove • Duluth, GA
Prize: Prize package from All Seasons Gardening & Brewing Supply
Chris Kro & Scott Halstead • Bay City, MI
Prize: Polo shirt from White Labs, Inc.
David Levesque • Forestville, CT
Prize: Gift certificate from Maltose Express
Jonathan Denney • Fishers, IN
Prize: Gift certificate from Kennywood Brewing Supply
Henry McManus • Baton Rouge, LA
Prize: “Mash Tractor” mash tun from Fermentables
Joseph D. Myers • Brown Deer, WI
Prize: 80-bottle drying tree from BrewCitySupplies.com
Robin Catesby & David Molner • Portland, OR
Prize: Immersion wort chiller from The Beer Essentials
Steve Leibman • Medford, MA
Prize: Gift certificate from Beer and Wine
Scott Neff • Minneapolis, MN
Prize: Equipment starter kit and gift certificate for a recipe kit from Homebrewersupply.com
Steven D. Mott • N. Salt Lake, UT
Prize: 90-bottle rotating drying tree from Brew Your Own Brew
Tom Franks • Portland, OR
Prize: Alcobase kit, carbon filter system and a selection of Still Spirits flavors from Steinbart Wholesale
James Gorman • Lockport, NY
Prize: Fleece jacket from Muntons p.l.c.
Eric Duske • Willow Spring, IL
Prize: Gift certificate from Dave’s Homebrewing Supplies
Paul Jongeward • Roseville, MN
Prize: Messenger bag from White Labs, Inc