Friday, March 27, 2015

Jolly Pumpkin Labels Signed By Artist Adam Forman: Contest


As you know, I am part of the "bizarro world where people give a shit about good beer and ask all kinds of questions about [label] art." That's a quote from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales label artist Adam Forman in a recent magazine Q&A (pages 18-21) describing his recent stardom for his label work. After checking with Jolly Pumpkin, I asked Adam if he'd sign some labels for me for a contest and giveaway. Both graciously accepted!

After putting things in motion, it occurred to me that I had several Twitter exchanges over the years with Iron Chef Michael Symon about Jolly Pumpkin beers. I confirmed his favorite was La Roja and asked even another favor of Adam--to personalize one of the La Roja labels for Michael. Seems Adam is a huge Michael Symon fan and his dedication is great in that it includes his "giving a shit" mantra! Chef Symon loved it too!


Adam has done all the labels for Jolly Pumpkin, since its 2004 inception. Adam had been tattooing Jolly Pumpkin Founder Ron Jeffries for a while. When Ron opened Jolly Pumpkin, he asked Adam to do some labels, and the rest is history. I highly suggest you read the magazine article above as well as the interview he did with BeerLabelsArt.com for other interesting information.

As you know, Google knows everything, so here are tons of images of Adam's Jolly Pumpkin label art. Adam's blog is also great as it offers insight into his entire body of work, not just his label art. Follow him on Twitter. Looks like his Facebook is mostly dead--my kind of guy--but you can see a great photo from last year of Adam and Ron Jeffries there.

So the contest... Adam signed 8 different labels for me which you can see below. I plan on giving away several sets of all of them. We'll see how many entries there are and go from there, but please do enter! Answer 3 of the 5 questions below before midnight next Friday, April 3, 2015. Enter by leaving a comment or if you must, email me (I know some of your fancy phones don't like blogs: dailybeerreview@yahoo.com) and I'll publish them for you. Don't copy answers--it'll be easy to notice--and these questions are completely opinion anyway. Be creative and be sure to leave me some way to contact you should you be the winner.



1. What is your favorite Jolly Pumpkin label and why? It doesn't necessarily need to be one of the eight above. Any Jolly Pumpkin label.

2. Name at least one Jolly Pumpkin beer that has a few different label versions (hint: two are part of this contest). Which version do you like better and why?

3. Which Jolly Pumpkin beer do you like the best (forget the art for this one). Why? If you haven't tasted any, which would be the first you'd like to try and why?

4. If you were asked to create the next Jolly Pumpkin beer, what would be the name, beer style, etc.?

5. I asked this question before, but what other brewery/artist pairs are doing the best label work? Why? (P.S. Don't say Flying Dog and Ralph Steadman--I already know! LOL)


19 comments:

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Adam answered via email...

1 Calabaza Blanca. I saw it in BA mag and really liked the artwork
2 La Roja
3 I have not had any Jolly Pumpkin but I would like to try La Roja because I love sours.
4 Tart Smart a sour wit ;)
5 I love Stillwater Artisan Ales artwork
Thanks,
Adam

Translucent said...

1 La Roja
2 Baudelaire
3 Bambic
4 mezcla de terruño - a blend of Oro de Calabaza aged for different lengths of time
5 Not a specific artist in general but Surly Brewing in Minnesota pairs with different artists to do their darkness label and their anniversary labels.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Jason answered by email...

1) Weizen Bam. Love the dog.
2) La Roja. The older version had a pirate cat. Now one pictured above. I like the older style.
3) La Roja. Been a favorite beer of mine since I had it at 2007 Michigan Brewers Guild Summerfest. Great, great beer. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

kerry said...

1. Biere de Mars - it embodies that beer perfectly - stormy and beautiful!
2. La Roja! And I love the grey and red cat much more than the Michigan label - probably because I'm in Michigan so the grey and red logo is weird and rare.
3. La Roja is my desert island, end of days beer. I would drink it every day for forever.
4. I just want Ron to do a lambic again. he could rock some papaya in it and call it lampaya.
5. I am a big fan of Against the Grain's label art, and right here in Michigan Short's does an awesome job.

Kevin said...

1. Persimmon Ship....I love the skeleton pirate
2. La Roja
3. La Roja Grand Reserve, best beer I've ever had! So much funk and flavor.
4. Something with raspberry and funk
5. Jester King has some awesome labels

Liz Schultheis said...

1. I love Noel de Calabaza because it makes me excited for the holidays.
3. My favorite is Saison X because there are so many interesting flavors yet its very drinkable.
5. Odell's labels are awesome - simple and eye catching.

Bill Brink said...

1. Los Vivos Y Los Muertos -With its color and movement it looks like a poster from la Belle Epoch.

2. La Roja. I like the latest version for much the same reason. It's print worthy.

3. Madrugada Obscura. Especially the very early batches; if you got one fresh, the sour balanced with the chocolate aspects of the dark malt perfectly.

4. BattleWagon (sweet&sour) BarleyWine. Granted, to do it "right" you'd have to bottle with a whole bunch of fermentable sugars, and in a few months you'd have a case full of Brettgrenades, but still...

5. Josh Cockrell at Jester King is doing some exceptional work. His labels are distinctive, finely detailed, and they, like yours, can stand on their own. I'd also give high praise for Gretta Johnson and her labels for Grimm Artisanal Ales (Not Grimm Bros. BTW) -which have an immediately recognizable kind of post-modern simplicity to them.

BeerFarm said...

1) Bam. It captures the spirit of the dog evident in his story.
2) La Roja. I like the new one better than the old round style.
3) How can I choose? I guess La Roja because it's my wife's favorite.
4) I'd realy like to see a Biere de Garde. I love the Biere de Mars and from what I've read it's one of the more unique brewing processes of the lineup. Would love to see a maltier beer made the same way.
5) Raymon Goffin for Cantillon. Anchorage has some great label art too, but not sure who does them.

Matt said...

1. Fuego Del Otono because fall in Michigan can't be beat.
2. La Roja (digging the new du Kriek label)
3. La Roja. Had on draft at Old Mission and instantly fell in love.
5. Digging the artwork/labelwork coming out of 350 Brewing courtesy of Matt Sharp. Has a great southside of Chicago feel!

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Mark answered via email...

1. What is your favorite Jolly Pumpkin label and why? It doesn't necessarily need to be one of the eight above. Any Jolly Pumpkin label.

Bam noir because every time i see a bottle in the shelf I smile and buy it lol it's one of my favorite beers from them and I'm always drawn to it on the shelf

2. Name at least one Jolly Pumpkin beer that has a few different label versions (hint: two are part of this contest). Which version do you like better and why?
La roja and I love the Kerik label cause it's so jolly pumpkin and there is really no other way to explane it other then that lol

3. Which Jolly Pumpkin beer do you like the best (forget the art for this one). Why? If you haven't tasted any, which would be the first you'd like to try and why?
Bam noir for the same reason as above. It's such a complex beer and it's a great dark "sour" beer.
4. If you were asked to create the next Jolly Pumpkin beer, what would be the name, beer style, etc.?
Saisir la belle iournée (seize the beautiful day) a summer citrus saison
5. I asked this question before, but what other brewery/artist pairs are doing the best label work? Why? (P.S. Don't say Flying Dog and Ralph Steadman--I already know! LOL)
Sent from my iPhone
Jerker king brewing out of Austin Texas cause they are just like jolly pumpkin and not the normal every day label art. Each bottle is a price of art

Travis Perkins said...

1) Oro de Calabaza just make me think that inside every bottle is a chest full of liquid gold. Also drinking on a tropical island sounds nice!

2) La Roja, the new version like the new one the cat looks very sophisticated... and evil.

3) Noel de Calabaza, it was the beer that introduced me to the wonderful world of Jolly Pumpkin. Have not left since.

4) Verano de Oro, a nice golden ale with a hint of lemon and or orange would be a great summer beer. One you can crack as the sun is setting.

5) I really like the labels from Ninkasi Brewing Company in Eugene Oregon.

Chris said...

1) Calabaza Boreal, because holy hell it's good. haha

2) Calabaza Boreal, the Anchorage Label

5) The pairing of Burial & David Paul Seymour is super rad.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Stuart answered via email...

1. Luciernaga...I really love the whole wooden ship vibe of this label, it makes me think of the ocean and sailing off on an adventure, and that's always a good thing.
2. La Roja...definitely the original version.
3. Madrugada Obscura...with so many lighter beers in the sour world, it's really cool to find a really dark sour that's not a take on the Flanders styles.
4. Falda Escocésa (Kilt)...I've always thought it would be really interesting for someone to do a sour Scottish Ale. i'm curious to see how the sour and peat smoked malt flavors would blend; my suspicion is that it could be something really special.
5. Cervecería Sagrada by José Guízar...a mix of a great concept and really great design that's also a lot of fun.

Thanks!

Stuart

Brent Grooms said...

1. LaRoja Du Kriek. Something about the imagery strikes a chord. It caught my eye the first time I saw it on FB and after reading about it, I have to try it.
2. La Roja. The second label is cool but the Du Kriek is just awesome. The first, the pirate cat looks like he got his tail caught in the mainsail rigging.
3. Bam Biere. This is the closest to my sweetspot. They brew my favorite beer for another Michigan label.. Leelanau Brewing's Whaleback White ale.
4.I would suggest their interpretation of a rustic farmhouse ale. Name? Something to do with the trapping history of Michigan... when men were men and had a serious funk.. kinda like their beers.
5. I have no idea. I am still a grasshopper in the area of craft brewery.

Thanks for putting this together.

Brent.

Garrett said...

1. Sobrehumano Palena'ole - I just like the art

2. La Roja Grand reserve is the only one that comes to mind. I like the new label better.

3. My favorite Jolly Pumpkin Beer is all of them, but if I really had to choose it'd be a 3 way tie between Noel de Calabaza, Madrugada Obscura, and Biere de Mars.

4. If I had the opportunity to create a new Jolly Pumpkin beer, it would be an berliner weisse made with blueberries. Name would be bluebiere.

5. Short's brewing company has the best labels hands down. I'm not sure if it's always the same artist, but very original designs.

If I win, contact me at vigor3@gmail.com, Thanks!

Ryan Marsh said...

1. Calabaza Boreal. The detail and colors are stunning and I love the "Northward" idea, always going forward and seeking new horizons.

2. Oro de Calabaza and La Roja. The new La Roja de Kriek label is really cool, and I've always liked the Oro label with the mermaid on it.

3. My favorite JP beer would have to be Calabaza Blanca. It was my first beer from Jolly Pumpkin and launched me into the obsessive fan I am today.

4. I'd suggest they launch a beer that they have had at the brewery, Mangostein. It's a Mango Saison and it would be fun to do a play on the classic Jack-o-Lantern with a Mango instead for the label. Then do a limited release for Halloween, just to be ironic.

5. Fullsteam Brewery has some nice art work. I really like the vibe of the "Tree to Sea" label.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Happy Easter! 5 Winners, assuming I can figure out who you are, let's see! In order of answering: Bill Brink, Mark, Travis Perkins, Stuart, Ryan Marsh.

If you see your name there but don't get an email from me tonight, send one to me b/c I have no clue who you are dailybeerreview@yahoo.com

Thanks to Jolly Pumpkin and Adam Forman for making this happen and producing suck quality products!

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Beer Drinker Rob said...

BTW, above comment, that's SUCH not Suck

Garrett said...

I never win:(