Official Beer Description: An autumn ale which brings you a slice of pumpkin pie in a glass. Fresh whole ginger, cinnamon, all spice, and nutmeg gives this ale its distinct character. Fall in. (5.2% ABV) -seasonal availability.
Scott Bluedorn: Leaf Pile is one of Greenport Harbor's most cherished beers, and rightfully so: This spiced pumpkin ale is amazing, one of the best fall seasonals, or any seasonals, that I've ever tasted. Because the brewery sees Leaf Pile as "autumn in a bottle," it's no surprise that they wanted to depict an image that was immediately recognizable as such. They asked to include a pumpkin somewhere in the artwork, as that's an integral ingredient in the recipe, and a leaf pile to have some life in a peculiar way as most of the other bottle illustrations do.
The setting was originally going to be a forest clearing, though often my subjects exist in minimal spaces. Utilizing some symbols of autumn like the leaves and a rake, I came up with quite a few concepts that utilized a central character and its relationship to a pile of leaves. I initially thought of a grunge-rocker kid thrashing out of one with a guitar, full on rock-star explosion, but it was a little over the top in describing what the beer was. Then it became a cute, impossibly big-eyed raccoon with a rake guitar; then a leaf-pile monster reminiscent of The Blob; and then even a whole group of odd characters including astronauts, walruses, and robots in a big pile like a hot tub, ha! We finally settled on a diver in antique equipment standing stoically in the pile to reflect Greenport’s maritime and industrial heritage.
After settling on the antique diver as the character for this, I loved researching what the equipment could be: big helmet contraptions with intricate windows, diving weights, loose-flowing canvas suits. I adapted the pumpkin to the helmet design and loved how it ended up. The diver is holding his rake as though it were a trident among a sea of leaves. All in all its one of my favorite pieces I’ve done for the bottles yet!