Beer Label Breakdown was originally a five-part series spotlighting Scott Bluedorn, a local artist commissioned by Greenport Harbor Brewing Company to create label art for the brewery's new bottles. It will now be an ongoing series spanning all breweries on Long Island, and covering any of their packaged releases.
This entry features Barrier Brewing Company, which has partnered with Daniel F. Birch, a Brooklyn-based illustrator and designer, to make new labels for all future 500-milliliter bottles (seven beers are currently planned, according to the brewery). The first two, Daddy Warbucks Imperial IPA and Morticia Imperial Stout, will be released together this Saturday at noon.
We asked Birch to discuss Daddy Warbucks.
Daddy Warbucks Imperial IPA
Official Beer Description: Aka Imperial Money IPA! Brewed as an anniversary beer for our good friends at One Mile House in NYC. This beer is bursting with insane amounts of tropical hop flavors and aromas. A fruit bowl medley of hops, this beer is exactly what an Imperial version of our Money IPA would be.
Daniel F. Birch: Daddy Warbucks is the imperial version of Money IPA, one of Barrier's most popular beers, originally brewed for One Mile House's second anniversary. Though the hoppy, fruity beer has been made several times since the bar's birthday event in 2013, including a limited, brewery-only run of bottles, I reached out to One Mile's owner Gerard Leary when I was designing it and asked if he would be cool with adding their logo to the bottle. I felt like it fit perfectly with the look of American currency.
For the second label I did for Barrier, for a barleywine called Archibald, I based it off of Evan's dog who has the same name. With this I thought we could build on that, while also going with the main themes of American currency and Annie, and showcase one of the employees that works hard as a dog at Barrier: the brewery's salesman and my good friend, Mike Descarfino.
Mike is pictured here on the label as Albert Finney's Daddy Warbucks from the 1982 movie version of Annie, the version I grew up with. The first design also featured some Facebook photos of Mike, but that would have printed terribly to boot so we went with a full illustration. The lettering and design work I obviously took from an American dollar bill, because this beer is so damn rich with hops.