Richard Drawdy here reporting on behalf of the SoDakBeer Blog. I’ve noticed that beer fans are always looking for what’s new and the best way to find out what’s new is to go to the publicly available TTB Label Approval Website. Since searching through the site can be cumbersome without some effort, I went ahead and did it for you. I’ll be presenting new off-sale labels only since pictures of keg collars get boring fast. The states being covered are: Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. This edition of the North Central Label Approval Report will be covering the dates: 1/14/16 – 3/25/16. You can follow me @bankbrewer or send me an email directly: email@example.com
Iowa: Toppling Goliath’s Naughty 90 and Thresher Wheat IPA get facelifts for their 22oz package. Millstream Brewing is bringing us a new Pilsner and Peach Kolsch. Green Tree Brewery hits the scene with several new 12 oz bottle labels for a coffee mint stout, oatmeal stout, two coffee stouts, IPA, blonde, and a Hefe. Kalona Brewing shows a new honey kolsch label. West O is bringing their Oktoberfest and honey saison into bottles as well. Peace Tree brewing with a coriander, salt, and rose hip tart ale.
MINNESOTA: A hefeweizen from Fair State is labeled for 16oz cans, while Finnegans has a new label from their contracting agreement with Summit in the biere blanc style. Mankato expands their Kato lager in 16 oz cans while adding their schwarzbier to their 12oz bottle lineup.
Summit Brewing’s new cream, pils, and West London ales will be in 12oz cans, a new stout in 16oz cans, and a barleywine in 12oz bottles. Tin Whiskers has a new 16oz can design for their stout. Bent Paddle is adding some large format bottles of their IPA and Double IPA. Schell’s with a gooseberry berlin white ale and 2016 cave barrel aged.
Steel Toe looks to be adding 12oz cans of their IPA and Golden Ale as well as refreshed large format bottle designs for their Before the Dawn, Size 4, Provider, Rainmaker, Lunker, and Size 7. Bank Brewing company has two new labels for a Imperial Stout and a Barleywine. Insight has a new 16oz can design for their Pale Ale. Fulton Brewing 12oz bottle labels for their IPA, and Imperial Coffee Stout. F-Town Brewing moving to 16oz cans and a full re-branding after their exploding can incident with their IPA, Red Ale, Brown, and Lager while adding a 22oz bottled Imperial Maple Stout. Indeed brewing’s Honey ale, summer ale, and lager all get fresh can designs. Surly’s #Merica Lager will see 16oz cans as well as the return of Ten in 750ml bottles.
SOUTH DAKOTA: Fernson brewing is the lone wolf with 12oz cans of their Gallivant.
Nebraska brewing is doing a 311 beer in 12 oz cans, and 2 new 750ml chardonnay barrel aged beers. Ploughshare Brewing hits the scene with a barrel aged barleywine and Baltic porter. Zipline is bringing their NZ IPA, Rye IPA, and Saison to 750ml bottles. Empyrean brings us a 12oz bottle label for a Berliner Red.
North Dakota had no new off-sale labels to report this time period.
I was surprised to see so many new can designs. The 16oz can is leading the way while several brands chose to take beers that were previously offered in smaller formats and add a large format bottle as well. Usually a brand would go from large to small and the large bottle would go away.