Here are a couple of things that make me happy: My hometown of Anaheim and really good beer. I also like German stuff, so every year during Oktoberfest season in Anaheim, it's like the stars have aligned.
Recently, the Anaheim Brewery asked me to create the label for their bottled Oktoberfest Lager (which just came out this week) and, let me tell you, my little heart jumped for joy. (Besides, Jody got to design the label for the Brewery's Old Pacific IPA and I've been jealous ever since.)
My first thought was to do a graphic inspired by Anaheim's German roots, but Brewmasters Barbara and Greg Gerovac explained to me that this beer is really all about the city of Munich.
|My rendition of Munich's Rathaus.|
Our cameras got the biggest workout at the "New City Hall"-- or Neues Rathaus -- that has a glockenspiel built into its 262 foot-high tower. Everyday at noon, accompanied by tinkly carillon bells, wooden figures reenact two historic events: the traditional coopers' dance originally performed to ward off the plague, and a famous wedding celebrated in the square in 1568.
Waaaay up on the tip of the tower is the famous "Munich Child" (Munchner Kindl), a symbol of the city that first appeared on Munich's coat of arms over 800 years ago. The figure is up so high, that you can barely see it from the ground. Likewise, on the beer bottle the Munich Child is a teeny speck, so I've magnified it here for you about 2000 times. Looks like a call for Batman!!
|In, around, and below the Rathaus.|
A couple blocks away from the Rathaus, stands the most overwhelming building in the whole city, the Frauenkirche, or "Church of Our Lady." The twin domed towers seem impossibly tall, and signs warn you not to stand too close in winter, or snow and ice might cascade off the roof and smash you like a ton of bricks. Without a doubt, the Frauenkirche needed to be on the label, too.
|Only 27 more shopping days left 'til Oktoberfest!|