Naming Your Brew

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by ablemedic49, Jun 28, 2016.

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  1. ablemedic49

    ablemedic49 Initiate (0) Jun 14, 2016 Virginia

    Hello all,

    So I have brewed my first batch of beer. It is currently being bottle conditioned and I couldn't be happier. I know upstart brew companies are a dime a dozen, and its expensive and hard to survive; I'm not necessarily thinking about turning this into anything more than a hobby, at least not yet. But a guy can dream right?

    So I was thinking, the recipes that you come up with yourself, that turn out great.... Well they deserve a good name don't they? I started pondering unique names of future beers I'd like to make, and, well I was dissappointed to discover that the Simpson's did it... (South park reference for those that didn't get it.)

    I first had an idea for a really, really hoppy beer and thought of the name Dr. Hoptopus.... But it exists, and then I thought it would be cool to make some sort of rye been and name it Live and Let Rye... Again, multiple exist. So how do some of you name your beer? Does it even matter?

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  2. CavemanBrau

    CavemanBrau Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2013 Iowa

    Nothing really matters, anyone can see. Nothing really matters to me.
    I use song names and/or lyrics.
  3. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Pooh-Bah (2,523) Mar 28, 2009 California
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    you'll have better luck with names that's aren't puns. Pretty sure every hop pun has been used.
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  4. runbirddrinkbeer

    runbirddrinkbeer Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2009 Florida

    I try to use rock album/ song names also. With some 2000 (?) breweries now very hard to come up with original names. Pretty sure my Endless Summer APA and Goodnight Vienna(lager) have been used before, someplace. Unless you're trying to sell'em, nobody is going to hassle you.
  5. chrisjws

    chrisjws Pooh-Bah (2,768) Dec 3, 2014 California
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    Except hoppy ending. No one has ever used that.
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  6. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Grand Pooh-Bah (3,274) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    It depends on my mood. I usually go for a god or goddess from a pagan religion that embodies the attributes of the beer. Asteria, the goddess of darkness, was my last imperial stout. Lucifer, aka the morning star, was my last brett (last forever) beer. My hoppy beers are all part of operation KUSH.
    edit, a local homebrewer won a comp and the brewery who was supposed to brew his beer for GABF pro am backed out on brew day. He entered a slew of beers into that brewery's homebrew comp and named them some hillariously evil names. Most of the beers medaled, and the beers were named things like "breweryx can lick my balls" and "breweryx are full of shit". Every beer that medalled got its name read at the winner ceremony. It was a pretty ingenious way to get his story out to the rest of the homebrew community.
  7. RogelioRodriguez

    RogelioRodriguez Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2015 California

    I call it beer. For friends of high sophistication, I call it ale.
  8. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Pooh-Bah (2,523) Mar 28, 2009 California
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    Ha! The hop pun of all hop puns. Ever look on untapped under that name? There are so many.
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  9. DrMindbender

    DrMindbender Initiate (0) Jul 13, 2014 South Carolina

    I used to name most of my beers and create a full page label (with stolen images off the web) with all of the stats on it and magnet it to the fridge or kegerator, but I haven't really done that in a while. When I started to brew more and more, I just found it silly and a waste of time...I guess it seemed to me like I was doing it more for my friends to see (I guess it made me feel more like a real brewery) and less for myself. I finally realized I didn't need their validation of my beers, I enjoyed and was very satisfied with my brews and that is all I needed. Now that I brew even more often and keep more beers on tap, I don't have as much time to waste when it comes to brewing and thinking about brewing, like I did when I only had 2 on tap, idle hands and the desire to always think about things related to brewing (especially trivial things) because I couldn't always be brewing. I'll still name a beer on occasion, just on paper, but only if its hits me for some reason...and I don't make a label anymore. I'd rather the focus be on the beer and its ingredients than some catchy name, so I usually just refer to it as its prominent ingredient, especially the hops in my IPAs.

    If you do name your beers regularly, who cares if you name them the same name as an already existing commercial brew, as long as its not a widely popular and known name. Its not like it matters and the existing commercial brewery is going to come sue arent a real brewery and they definitely don't see a first time homebrewer as a threat to their brand and name. Whatever you do, do it for yourself and who cares what others think!
  10. inchrisin

    inchrisin Pooh-Bah (2,013) Sep 25, 2008 Indiana

    You sing to your beer, do `ya?
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  11. scurvy311

    scurvy311 Savant (1,111) Dec 3, 2005 Louisiana

    This has been around a while.
    I try to google names I come up with. If they are taken, it's easier to adjust so it's more original if you know what it can't be.
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  12. invertalon

    invertalon Pooh-Bah (2,065) Jan 27, 2009 Ohio
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    I enjoy naming my brews and always try to make sure they are unique... Come from shows, music, different languages, etc...

    Beast Incarnate (DIPA)
    Critical Acclaim (APA)
    Cryptic (Smoked Robust Porter)
    Jaro Pils (Bohemian Pilsner) - Jaro is Czech for "spring"
    Prime Time Porter (Porter)
    The Mighty Boosh (Cream Ale)
    Puppy Love (Hefeweizen)
    Wee-Wee See! (Hefeweizen)
    Creature (Milk Stout)

    And I have a 12%+ RIS aging right now that will be called "Waking the Fallen".

    Just part of the fun!
  13. ablemedic49

    ablemedic49 Initiate (0) Jun 14, 2016 Virginia

    Nice, love Queen.

    Nice, I'm guessing your an Avenged Sevenfold fan?
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  14. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Grand Pooh-Bah (3,274) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    The mighty boosh cream ale? How about a good homebrew crimp?
  15. ablemedic49

    ablemedic49 Initiate (0) Jun 14, 2016 Virginia

    Definitely interested in naming my brews after songs now. I'm leaning more towards the creatively dark names I think. Like "Ruination" and "Dead Guy" etc. Maybe I'll name my next high OG / high ABV beer "Hammer Smashed Face" :wink:
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  16. CurtFromHershey

    CurtFromHershey Initiate (0) Oct 4, 2012 Minnesota

    Most of my beers end up getting called "IPA with Simcoe" or "English Mild Version 2", but occasionally I'll get super duper creative and call a beer "Spaceman Red Ale" if it happens to be a red IPA with space-themed hops (galaxy, apollo... and cascade)
  17. CavemanBrau

    CavemanBrau Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2013 Iowa

    (Willie) Nelson Stardust was my last nelson sauvin/galaxy IPA. [​IMG]
  18. CavemanBrau

    CavemanBrau Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2013 Iowa

    They don't criticize my falsetto. They don't talk back. They love what I love.
  19. inchrisin

    inchrisin Pooh-Bah (2,013) Sep 25, 2008 Indiana

    The more you drink the better you sound. :wink:
  20. Lukass

    Lukass Pooh-Bah (2,807) Dec 16, 2012 Ohio
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    There's an 'amber smashed face' by 3F (collab with Cannibal Corpse) so you came close!

    I'd try to avoid the 'pun' names as much as possible, they're starting to annoy me - names like 'Ready Set Gose' and 'How Rye Am I?"
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