Bootstrapped Brews is so close we can taste it.

Bottling + label design for a Startup Homebrew.

We’re just a few weeks from our first Bootstrapped Brews competition, which means it’s time to bottle…

For anyone who has done any home brewing, you’ll know that this is the less-than-exciting and often sloggy process at the end of a rather fun journey. We were all hands on deck to bottle our yield — a touch less than 10 gallons across 2 batches. Fortunately for us, we opted to use mostly all 22 ounce bomber sized bottles so the process moved along as swiftly as it could. And while I can’t promise the level of sterilization you’d find at a commercial brewery, I will say that we were elbows deep in acid sanitizer all day — right up until we had a ceremonial taste.

Meanwhile, back at BowTie’s East Berlin design office, Andrew Berry was cranking away on the labels we’ll be sticking to the outside of our carefully sanitized bottles.

While the labels are being printed, you can feast your eyes on the mock ups for our two entries: Code Monkey Coconut Porter, and Ship It India Pale Ale.

The art speaks for itself. Bonus fun if you can decipher maritime flags.

Want to taste the magic inside? We’ll be literally giving this beer away on August 7th at Bootstrapped Brews. Come down for fun, food and music as we compete against 20 other startups for what could be called the Denver World Cup of Homebrew.

Perhaps the biggest win of the day is that all proceeds will go to support the official charity partner: Promise Ranch Therapeutic Riding.

Sign Up Here to become a member (buy a ticket), and bike/walk/run/uber to the McNichols Civic Center building on August 7, at 5pm.

SPECIAL BONUS: Use the code ‘bowtie’ to save $10!!

If you want to learn a bit more about the process, we did a Q&A with the folks at Bootstrapped Brews that you can find on their site.

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