Fresh off celebrating their 2nd Anniversary last weekend, Hackettstown, NJ's Czig Meister Brewing Company looks to be gearing up to release a series of collaborations with microbrewery 2nd Act Beer based in Dover, NJ. On May 23rd, both breweries began posting on social media about a collaboration, but offered little additional detail. On Monday, Czig Meister received approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) for 3 new can labels for variants of United We Brew.
According to can art, United We Brew is a Kolsch-style ale brewed in collaboration between Czig Meister and 2nd Act. United We Brew will come in three variants - Blueberry, Strawberry and Coconut. Each variant registers at 4.8% ABV, and will be packaged in 12 oz cans.
The label art appears to be a bit of a departure for Czig Meister releases; however, the label does list the artist as Dan Kazan who markets himself as an artist producing "thought provoking artwork dancing with dangerous and blissful themes draped in vibrant splashes of color."
When we reached out to Czig regarding United We Brew, they provided a full background of how this beer came to be:
"We're both into traditional styles, with each of us offering a Kolsch. We thought it'd be cool to create a Kolsch recipe somewhat combining our two recipes, then fruiting it. When we took a look at a calendar for when we could make this happen, a release around the 4th of July stood out so we decided to embrace it. We split the batch into three and took a red, white, and blue approach... hence the strawberry, coconut, and blueberry additions. Again keeping in line with the 4th of July theme, the artist from 2nd Act (Danny Kazan) created characters for each flavor to reflect historical events and imagery with a twist. The artwork is definitely more in line with 2nd Act's 'look' than our own, but we like having something funky out there!
When we followed up on distribution plans, Czig informed us that "canning will take place next Friday, June 22nd. We'll be putting together mixed 6-packs with 2 of each flavor, giving the red white and blue effect with packaging."
Update: The article was updated at 4:55 ET on 6/15 to reflect commenting from Czig Meister.