May Beers and Label Art for Delaware

Well May has come and gone so let’s take a look at some of the new beers and label art that it brought us:

First up, Dogfish Head gives a few tweaks to its 90 Minute IPA label while adding the word “IMPERIAL” into the mix. 90 Minute has always been described as an Imperial IPA, but now the word is front and center. They of course echoed this repackaging for the 1 pint energy drink cans.

Dogfish Head

Next up, Mispillion River with The Goon IPA and War Badger, a sour beer brewed with fruit grape.

Mispillion

Iron Hill usually doesn’t have a lot of labels come through the system, but this month they’ve been pretty active. Below are labels for Vienna Red Lager, Ore House IPA, Crusher Session IPA, and a Halloween inspired (my favorite obviously) Pumpkin Ale.

Iron Hill

Speaking of busy, the guys over at Midnight Oil have been busy doing more than making beer. Here’s a nice collection of keg labels from them.

Midnight Oil

And last but not least, 16 Mile with a very interesting looking label for their New England style IPA, Solar Flare. 16 Mile is also doing their thing were they’re passing numerous keg label through the system that are their beers mixed with various fruit and herbs. I haven’t included them because they’re pretty non-descriptive but they include Blue’s Golden with Blood Oranges, Blue’s Golden with allspice, apples, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, honey and mace, as well as Amber Sun with ginger and apples.

16 Mile

16 Mile Brewery Just Broke the TTB with Flavored Amber Sun Beers.

[UPDATE: The list was updated on 10/4 as beers continue to pour out of the TTB. Not only are keg labels being approved for Amber Sun, but now labels for Blues Golden Ale mixed with various flavors are also being approved. The Updated list is below.]

The TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) is the government agency that over sees much of what goes on in the world of beer, wine, mead and cider. Among their duties is (where required) the approval of labeling that appears on these products.

The TTB releases approved labels on their website’s database. This is how sites like mine and My Beer Buzz get the label information we do before the beer hits the shelves or cooler.

For me, it’s pretty simple. Delaware is a quite state compared to some and a routine check now and then usually only unveils a label or two, most of which are keg labels that I don’t normally share because there’s normally nothing interesting on the label beyond the name of the beer.

So I was shocked this morning when I checked the database and found that the tally of new labels approved for Delaware within the last month now stood at 54, when a check a couple of days ago showed it solidly in the low 20s.  What happened?

Well, 16 Mile happened. And they happened big time.

Apparently the brewery will be dosing their Amber Sun ale with – well almost everything under the sun. All the beers at this point appear to be keg only as shown by the example label below and as the list of approved labels appeared in almost perfect alphabetical order (not how the TTB presents them in the database) and ends with the letter C, I’m left wondering if there’s more to come.

What’s this all about? No idea, but color me intrigued.

Below is the list of all the 16 Mile beers that the TTB approved keg labels for. As I stated above each one is described as “Amber Sun ale with…”

Apple Pear Cinnamon

Apricot Cinnamon

Apricot and Honey

Agave

Agave Allspice Anise

Allspice

Anise

Apple

Apple Anise Agave

Apricots

Bilberries

Blackberries

Black Currents

Black Pepper

Black Pepper Pinapple

Brown Sugar

Blueberries

Cherries

Chicory

Chicory Figs Cinnamon

Chocolate

Cinnamon

Cinnamon Chocolate

Cinnamon Chocolate Coconut

Cinnamon Chocolate Honey

Cinnamon Cloves Brown Sugar

Cinnamon Pear

Cocoa Coffee

Cocoa

Coconut

Coconut Honey Mango

Coffee

Coriander

Cranberries

Strawberries

Sweet Potato Maple Cinnamon

Potato Cinnamon

Tea

Vanilla

Raspberries

Raisins

Huckleberries

Juniper Berries

Lactose

Nutmeg

Mace

Mango

Maple Sugar

Marion Berries

Molasses

Nectoarine

Pumpkin

Pinapple

Peaches

Plum

Pomegranate

Sage

Star Anice

Cumin

Dates

Figs

Ginger

Red Currents

WITH BLUES GOLDEN ALE:

Apricots

Apples

Agave

Allspice

Blood Oranges

Black Pepper

Black Currents

Blackberries

Bilberries

Basil

Caraway

Camomile

Brown Sugar.

And maybe more to come…..

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