January 27, 2014
Vintage Feigenspan brewery church key bottle opener.
Hey brew aficionados and collectors! I just tapped into this collectable beer bottle opener church key from Feigenspan Brewery. And it still works
Selling it on my etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/123557941
January 24, 2014
Thought I’d pass this on…
Need immediate relief from ABC’s negative interpretation of regulations targeting homebrewed beer in AB 1425 for the Southern California Homebrewers Festival
Attention Reps and your Club Members:
You’ve heard that saying “If you aren’t part of the solution, you are part of the problem”? Well, now is your chance to be part of the solution to ensure our ability to hold our Homebrew Fest!
It is of the utmost importance that you press every one of your club members to write a letter to their Assembly Rep and their Senator NOW – don’t put it off or it could be too late. We need you to write even if your Assembly Rep or Senator were not a part of the GO committee. We have made it as easy as we can but it does take a few minutes on their part.
First, if you don’t know who your State Assembly member and/or State Senator is for your district, go to this link: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov
You just add your address and your representative’s info will pop up. You can go directly to their website to get their contact information. Unfortunately, our sample letter below is too long to fit in their email form on their webpage but you can fax or send a hard copy.
We can’t stress enough the urgency and importance that each club member participates in this letter writing campaign. The politicians have been very responsive so far but we still have a lot to get done. This is YOUR Fest and now we need YOUR help!
Please follow the instructions – the first paragraph is for you to personalize the letter, giving your homebrewing experience, etc.
Instructions: Fill in proper areas with name of Assembly member or Senator and Address.
Use the first paragraph to speak about your tie-in with the homebrew community and feel free to add more background if you want.
Make sure it fits on one page
January __, 2014
Subject: Need immediate relief from ABC’s negative interpretation of regulations targeting homebrewed beer in AB 1425 for the Southern California Homebrewers Festival
I (work in/live in/am a member of a club in/support homebrew events in) the (Assembly/Senate) District you serve and am requesting your urgent attention to amending AB 1425 which was recently passed and signed into law. This Committee Bill, introduced by the Committee on Governmental Organizations, establishes new statutes for home-made beer and wine. Subsequent to the Governor approving the bill on October 1, 2013, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has notified the California Homebrewers Association that our annual festival is now illegal.
The Southern California Homebrewers Association Festival has been held annually for the past 23 years and has become the premier event for awareness and attention to the hobby of homebrewing. At the festival, Southern California homebrewing clubs come together to learn, discuss, and share our appreciation for the hobby. Sampling of different styles of brewing is imperative to learning the intricacies and science of homebrewing and allows homebrew clubs throughout the state to showcase their best artistry.
Our festival has grown to approximately 2,000 members and is scheduled to be held May 2-3, 2014 at the Lake Casitas Recreation Area outside of Ojai. Admission to the event is restricted to members only and has a 23-year track record of responsible citizenship. Our members are proud to help support the local community during their off-season, filling the Lake Casitas campsites on an off-peak weekend and spending well over $120,000 over the course of the event.
The California Homebrewers Association has been a non-profit organization in California since 1997. The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has interpreted the law to say that “personal use” and “exhibitions” do not apply to our festival. Further, they have determined that our annual membership dues should be viewed as purchased “tickets” to the festival. The rigid interpretation of AB 1425 describes our event as something it is not and was never intended to be. We do not sell tickets or solicit non-members to attend our event. It is geared exclusively to enthusiasts.
We desperately need your help in repairing the damage inadvertently done by AB 1425 and with our event only 3 months away we need your intervention immediately.
January 22, 2014
GarageMonk featured on the front page of CoolMaterial.com today. I couldn’t say it better myself. GarageMonk’s Naked “Beer” Labels are rocking!
“Washable, Writable, Reusable Homebrew Beer Bottle Labels. If you have ever homebrewed your own beer, or know someone that has, you understand the very specific nightmare that is marking them. Writing on the bare bottles isn’t effective. Paper gets destroyed. Labels don’t stick right. You could try heavy-duty tape like we did, but even that gets gnarly after a while. When it does, you also have all the tape residue on your bottles. Enter GarageMonk. Using premium, waterproof, pressure sensitive vinyl sticker material, designer/maker Drew Dougherty makes labels for bottle body and neck in a number of colors, shapes and sizes. They’re sweat proof, ice proof, hand washable and considering the alternatives, pretty darn inexpensive. All you have to do, outside of actually brewing and bottling, is just write on them with a Sharpie or dry erase marker.”
Thank you CoolMaterial.com!
January 16, 2014
New colors and shapes - garagemonk.myshopify.com
Likely the laziest beer labels ever. Stick’em, write on’em, drink’em, wash’em. Repeat.
Personally I can’t seem to leave the beer in the bottles long enough to give a damn about the label design. Do’nt get me wrong, I love design and I do it for a living (that’s likely my problem). My first homebrew screw up, beside not having patience, was not labeling correctly. So I came up with the Naked Labels. Now I just leave them on the bottles and keep on chugging. You can use a dry erase marker or a sharpie. Let me know if anyone has tried these yet. I’d love to hear what you think.
January 8, 2014
How to make better looking beer? I’ve spent the last 20 years designing packaging and branding for global lifestyle and spirits brands (Rhino Chasers Microbrew, Callaway, E&JG.) Now through Garage Monk I’ve been able to share my design and printing experience with the brewing and labeling masses with personalized designs and short run printing methods! Vinyl label printing, design and personalization has never been cheaper or easier. It’s a testament to the new economy and the growth of cottage industry and I’m proud to part of the makers here in the USA. Using a digital laser printing press on a micro scale GarageMonk.com can provide above industry quality labeling standards to the little guys – all for the love of craft. I can print small run 4 and 6 packs, vinyl sticker waterproof labels, beer caps in full color on almost any color cap. Not to mention liaison larger micro brewery craft brew orders as a consultant and broker. Tap into my years of experience and go brand yourself. Contact me on my Etsy shop at garagemonk.etsy.com
January 5, 2014
I just published a new online retail shop for Garage Monk using Shopify. I had a client that needed me to look into the cloud based app and I must admit it rocks. I had most of my images and copy written so it only took a day to get the site up and running. Hopefully we’ll see some good seo increase and please contact me. Everything is still on Etsy too. Why fix whats not broken. Drewski.
December 19, 2013
I finally figured it out! The Garage Monk print shop can now do it all for the same price as rectangle beer labels. We can print your homebrew label designs in oval, circle, square and rectangle shapes all in full color waterproof pressure sensitive vinyl. Serious quality, long lasting color!
I’ll be adding more personalized beer label designs into the new year so please stay tuned and pass it on!