January to March Midwest Label Report

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: drawdy10@hotmail.com

 

Richard Drawdy
Richard Drawdy

 

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.

 

naughty

 

 

thresher

 

fuzz

 

back_beat

 

mintery

 

buffalo_spit

 

ground_hound

 

hop_along

 

docs_blondie

 

gruner_baum

 

chocolate_cherry

 

free_range

 

honey_blossum

 

westOfest

 

kiss_gose

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.

 

fs_hefe

 

freckled_rooster

 

kato_black

 

kato_lager

 

zingiber

 

west_london

 

keller_pils

 

dark_infusion

 

summit_bw

 

sc_stout

 

bent_hop

 

hop_forest

 

harmony_spheres

 

ca_ba

 

size_7

 

provider

 

btd

 

size_4

 

provider_golden

 

rainmaker

 

lunker

 

size_7_green

 

bankruptcy

 

foreclosure

 

hell_chicken

 

fulton_mosaic

 

war_peace

 

ftown_ipa

 

ftown_stout

 

ftown_red

 

ftown_lager

 

ftown_brown

 

dandy_lager

 

indeed_honey

 

shenanigans

 

#merica!

 

ten_ale

SOUTH DAKOTA: Fernson brewing is the lone wolf with 12oz cans of their Gallivant.

 

gallivant

 

NEBRASKA

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.

 

locusts

 

coal_train

 

311_amber

 

tarte_apricot

 

sallyweiss

 

berliner_red

 

rye_ipa

 

double_nz_ipa

 

harumeku

 

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.