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Winner! Jess Polanshek

We’re pleased to announce Jess Polanshek as the winner of this year’s Labels for Libations contest! Jess’s design won the popular vote at last weekend’s @southendarthop and will grace next year’s cans of Art Hop Ale! Thanks to all the Vermont artists who entered this year’s competition. We love seeing your work!

Cheers to Vermont for being such an inspiring place to live, work and play!


Congratulations to our Finalists!

When the votes are tallied, the winning artist will receive $1,500, and their design will be featured on a limited run of Magic Hat cans and in a two-month art exhibition at The Artifactory® Art Space at the Magic Hat Brewery. The exhibition includes an opening reception for the winner and his or her family and friends.

Patrick Tracy


Jasmine Beaudette


Hi roka


Jess Polanshek


Frank DeAngelis


About the Label Competition

$1,500 Grand Prize, Can Label Deal, Plus Much More!


From July 7th to August 21st, Vermont artists 21 years of age and older may submit their original designs into the Labels for Libations contest. A team of judges, consisting of Magic Hat and SEABA employees and last year’s Labels for Libations winner, Hilary Glass, will choose the top 5 designs based on creativity and originality.

These five displays of Vermont - and beer-inspired art will then be voted upon by the public at SEABA’s annual South End Art Hop, September 8-10.

Once the votes of Art Hoppers have been tallied, the winning artist will receive $1,500, their design will be featured on a limited run of Magic Hat bottles, and they’ll have a two-month art exhibition at The Artifactory® Art Space at the Magic Hat Brewery. The exhibition includes an opening reception for the winner for his or her family and friends.

About SEABA

The South End Arts and Business Association enhances the economic vitality and eclectic mix of Burlington’s arts and business community by providing an influential voice to promote and ensure their members’ common interests, providing opportunities & marketing support for creative businesses, and by continuing to create a unique community vibe like no other place in Vermont. SEABA is celebrating its 30th Anniversary of 'Fusing Art & Industry' in 2016.


2016 Winning Label

Last year’s Labels for Libations contest drew dozens of entries, showcasing Vermont’s lively and talented community of creatives. The five final designs were pondered, pored and peeked over, and when the foam settled, Hilary Glass bubbled up as the winner.

Glass’s winning design features a half-ram, half-fish creature, swimming down Pine Street in Burlington’s South End.

You can find Hilary’s winning design on 4packs of 12oz bottles in stores throughout the east coast and featured on tap handles at bars. Those wishing to admire and ponder Art Hop Ale can find some using the Sip Code Locator® at www.magichat.net/sipcode.


Submissions have ended! Thanks for participating.

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