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Old 02-27-2012, 07:09 AM   #1
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Dec 2011
Anchorage, Alaska
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My daughter/brewing partner and I have started brewing some of our own concoctions. We haven't come up with a name for our "brewery" yet as I think it's rather silly when we're brewing with extracts and some steeping of grains and adjuncts.

Since beers are like pets they have to have names that should say something about them. For instance tomorrow we're brewing a Clapton Cream Ale.

Others we've brewed so far are:

Muddy Water Ale (an American Brown Ale)
Skankin' Pickle Thick Ass Stout (an Oatmeal Stout)
Strawberry 4 Non Blondes Ale (Blonde Ale)
Tom Petty Raspberry Honey Bee Wheat Ale
Traveling Wiliburys New Blue Moon Wit (Witbier)

Just curious how others come up with their names.

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Old 02-27-2012, 02:47 PM   #2
Feb 2010
Elkhart, IN
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Sometimes I base the names on what my concept for the beer is. Sometimes a fun name pops into my head then I tailor a beer to fit it. lol
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Old 02-27-2012, 02:54 PM   #3
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Feb 2011
Big Rapids, Michigan
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Mostly by what they are, and as simple as possible like Centennial IPA, Amber Waves of Grain, Black Ale, Brown Ale, Rye Ale, Pale Ale, Black Lager, Amber Lager ...
I did not know I was supposed to name them..?
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Old 02-27-2012, 03:31 PM   #4
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I understand why a craft brewery would want a cool name for their beer for marketing and all, but for my homebrew I'm perfectly content calling it by the style. If I happen to have two of the same style on tap at the same time, I refer to it by the hop that dominates the flavor/aroma profile.

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Old 02-28-2012, 02:58 AM   #5
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May 2011
Chino Hills, CA
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All beers are named after dogs that I, or someone close, has had. A couple of friends and I all do the same and call our collective works, Bad Dog Brews. Although we know there are no bad dogs, only bad owners. We like the theme and it gives us a chance to honor our family members with the 8-15 year life spans. A little cheesey but whatever.

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Old 02-28-2012, 03:05 AM   #6
Nov 2010
Milwaukee, WI
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My beers are all "Beer Style TBN" until I randomly think of some name. There is no rhyme or reason to the naming, if I don't randomly think of something, it remains Amber ale TBN (for example).

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Old 02-28-2012, 03:08 AM   #7
Nov 2010
Philly, PA
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I called the last one honey nut cocoa puffs because thats what it tasted like, which was a good thing btw, damn good.
Marionette ipa
Shadow puppet porter
Because I have a thing for puppets, but don't own any.

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Old 02-28-2012, 03:15 AM   #8
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Seymour, Indiana
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I wish I were more creative in naming my beers. My swmbo is the one with the marketing degree. I've already told her when I buy the brew pub she's going to handle the business and marketing (beer naming) aspects of it, and I'm just going to brew beer all day long. We'll see how that works
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Old 02-28-2012, 04:14 AM   #9
Nov 2010
ohmihachiman, Japan
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Usually a play on words or the ingredients.
Pale ale with amarillo hops - Route 66 ale ('cause Amarilo is on #66).
My california common - Uncommon Ale.
SMASH beer with Maris Otter - Smashing Otter.
Mild brown - Old English Oak
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Old 02-28-2012, 04:17 AM   #10
Dec 2011
Louisville, Kentucky
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So far my simple recipes and stuff are just things that come to me.

Soon I'm gonna brew up an Arrogant Bastard inspired ale that I'm gonna use oak chips with to try and get some bold earthiness. Plan on calling it "Forest King Ale".


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