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Old 11-01-2006, 09:19 PM   #1
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I thought this might be a fun topic for discussion/sharing. What is the inspiration behind the names of your beers and/or brewery? I am a huge film buff and a fan of Film Noir and classic films of the 30's and 40's in particular, so I usually pick names inspired by films of that era. For example, I call my home brewery Naked City Brewing Company after the great 1948 Jules Dassin Film Noir "Naked City" starring Barry Fitzgerald and Howard Duff. Examples of beer names are listed below:

Dubbel Indemnity Belgian Style Dubbel
Gilda Flanders Style Red
Casablanca Belgian Style Wit
White Heat Imperial Wit
Brigadoon Scotch Ale
Impact IPA
Hopacalypse Now Imperial IPA
Open City Alt

Bing (Bing Crosby) Spiced Cherry Dubbel
Ginger (Ginger Rogers) Ginger Peach Hefeweizen
Edmund Gwenn Grand Cru
Bogart Barley Wine
Cagney Imperial Red
Edward G. Robinson Baltic Porter
George Raft Oak Aged Imperial Stout

And one of my favorites is this year's winter ale
I want a legendary official Red Ryder 200-Shot Carbine Action Range Model Air Rifle with a compass and this thing which tells time built right into the stock. "You'll shoot your eye out" Winter Ale (Red Ryder Winter Ale for short).

I hope to post some of my tap handle designs on the label forum soon. Looking forward to hearing what others have to say about how they come up with their beer names.

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Old 11-01-2006, 11:07 PM   #2
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does the name of your winter ale even fit on the bottle?
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I think this is one of the the subjects that deserve another go round even though we've talked about it before. It never gets old.

My brewery is named after my favorite book, Dune. the rest of the names come from various sources. My cider is named after the old joke Dickens cider. (say it aloud if you don't get it.) Know Ale is named on several different levels. It's a christmas beer Noel, for those that know Ale and those that Know L. My name is Lance, with a nickname of L.
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I name all my brews after places within my community, such as hills, ponds, paths, local history, etc.
I have a ale I name 3 bells 1892 after a ship that traded between Barbados and Heart's Delight in the late 1800s.
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