Our neighbors and friends at Manifesto make some seriously good cocktails. These talented bartenders are known for serving up quality, awe inspiring cocktails in their darkly-lit, speakeasy-style basement lounge. This weekend Kansas City's own Manifesto competes against five other national acts in the Bar Room Brawl at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. The Manifesto team will be crafting signature drinks for hundreds of eager sippers who will ultimately determine the winner.

We designed and printed this coaster for our fellow Kansas Citians to accompany their competition drinks this weekend. We're excited to be a part of this national event, and to help Manifesto represent KC with some Hammerpress printed coasters.


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We were honored to be asked to design and print the labels for this years collaboration between Boulevard Brewing Company (Kansas City) and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company (California) for SAVOR - an American craft beer and food experience held this June in Washington D.C.

Boulevard Brewing Company started in 1989 by entrancing their hometown with their full flavored beers and unique packaging. One early memory of Boulevard was in the early nineties, seeing these amazing beer boxes strapped onto the back of Kansas City Art Institute kid's bicycles carrying their books and such. Well Boulevard quickly took over Kansas City, becoming a heavy-hitter in the craft beer movement. And this brewery has continued to grow their reputation as, arguably, the best beer in the country.

The designs for the Terra Incognita label were executed completely on press with handset lead type. Once the design was finalized, we printed a limited edition of 5000 labels from magnesium plates, created from the handset design. Each bottle was labeled by the hand's of Boulevard employees, Hammerpress staff and other friends during a festive labeling party. We were delighted to join in the hand labeling process, especially with the test keg of this small batch brew on hand!

label proposals with concept sketches

hand setting the lead and wood type

hand applying the labels

the finished product, cheers!


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