Stillwater Artisanal’s Labels are Blowing Our Minds

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Stillwater Artisanal’s Labels are Blowing Our Minds

Stillwater Artisanal its start in 2010 when founder Brian Strumke—an internationally renowned electronica DJ based out of Baltimore, MD—left the scene and focused his creativity on designing modern spins on existing beer styles. But unlike most operations, Brian prides himself on his vagabond lifestyle, and is one of the country’s leading gypsy brewers; rather than founding a brick-and-mortar establishment, he uses other brewery’s excess capacity to craft his brew, a relationship that also naturally leads to collaborative efforts. Stillwater’s artisanal impulses naturally extend to the brewer’s labels, an aesthetic first influenced by tattoo artist Lee Verzosa and—as of 2015—the work of design artist Michael Van Hall, who has lent a more contemporary aesthetic that has made Stillwater’s bottles and cans really stand out on the shelf. Visitors to Baltimore should also note that, while there’s no official Stillwater Artisanal brewery, the beer-centric Of Love and Regret much operates as the brewery’s unofficial home, with loads of Stillwater beer on tap. But it doesn’t take a trip to Baltimore to appreciate the brewery’s artwork. Here are seven of our favorite Stillwater Artisanal labels.