Maze Mani feat. Uinta’s Crooked Line Labyrinth
I bought this beer a while back when I was obviously feeling like a go-getter. Once I got home I realized how intimidating this label is and I proceeded to let it sit in my kitchen for months while I summoned up the courage to tackle it. This mani definitely goes on my “back-breaking” list.
Nails: Starting with a base of white, I used the thinnest-lined brush I have to dab in the lines with black acrylic paint. Here’s the brush so you have a better idea:
Side view Front View
Instead of tracing the lines in one continuous motion I dabbed the brush, which may give the lines a choppier look, but I feel it’s easier to get a straight line this way. It was pretty tedious and this design definitely was a challenge for my left hand.
Ale: Labyrinth is brewed at Crooked Line Brewery, which is owned by Uinta Brewing Company and was built specifically to brew the 5 beers in their Crooked Line series of unique, high alcohol beer. The brewery is also 100% wind powered. Kudos!
I was wary of this beer right off the bat, not because of it’s 13.2% ABV, but because it is brewed with licorice sticks. I HATE licorice…but I was quickly surprised. The beer poured a very dark black. Darkest beer I’ve ever seen maybe. The head was a nice caramel color (a flavor you could taste a bit in the beer) and was pretty dense. It smelled of licorice right off the bat. I was sad. Once I took a sip though, all of the sadness went away. There is barely any licorice flavor to this beer. It is overwhelmingly dark chocolate and toasted coffee. Happiness ensued. I’m buying another bottle for a super cold day this Winter.
Uinta brewed this series in larger, 750 ml corked bottles to encourage imbibers to share with their friends. Not only is that the funnest way to drink but, at 13.2% ABV, it’s a smart choice too. ;)
The label was designed by Salt Lake City artist Trent Call. Check out some of his other awesome work here: http://www.swinj.com