Quick and Easy Homebrew Labels
We’ve all been there. You’re rushing out the door to a birthday party, the home of a new acquaintance or to crash on a couch. Keys in hand, you realize: You don’t have a gift. Lucky for you, you’re a home brewer.
You rush to your beer closet and pull out a mixed six pack of your latest creations. Being your private stock, the beers either aren’t labeled at all or (in my case) were labeled by your six year old. Maybe not the best first impression, especially for someone who may not be accustomed to drinking hand crafted beer. When I’m in a pinch, this is how I dress up those plain amber bottles.
The Quick Fix
1. Design Your Tags
Open up Microsoft Word or your favorite text editor of choice and create a two column layout. If it has a labels setting, score! Your life just got easier. On each label grid, enter the beer’s name followed by any other information you want to convey. I always include the style and ABV at a minimum.
In a really big hurry? Download an example label template for Word
2. Print and Attach
Print out the labels on card stock or heavyweight paper. Use a paper cutter, X-acto knife or scissors to cut out each tag. Grab a hole puncher and notch out a circle to the left of each title. Finally, use raffia, a rubber band or ribbon to attach a label to the neck of each beer.
3. Gift It
Watch eyes light up as you give the awesome gift of beer. This method is also great for your own stock, as you don’t have to deal with removing your homebrew labels later. I swear, cleaning that sticky residue will be the death of me.