If you’re going to play cards, why not use a deck of cards that feature local breweries? Now you can do that, thanks to Portland-based artist Aaron Trotter. The Brewery Deck Series offers beer lovers original, hand-illustrated playing cards featuring sketches of local breweries. Last year Aaron release the Portland Brewery Deck and now introduces the Seattle Brewery Deck.
The Seattle Brewery Deck includes sketches of 52 Puget Sound area breweries. The cards are available online here. Below is a press release with more information.
Puget Sound beer fans have 52 reasons to love the Seattle Brewery Deck
Playing cards feature hand drawn pen and ink illustrations of 52 Puget Sound breweries
Artist Aaron Trotter has announced the newest addition to his growing arsenal of hand-illustrated playing cards that celebrate cities all over the world. The Seattle Brewery Deck is a limited edition deck of playing cards that features hand-drawn pen and ink illustrations of 52 neighborhood breweries throughout the Puget Sound region.
The Seattle deck is the second in the Brewery Deck Series created by Trotter, who published a Portland set last year; and also the second deck to celebrate the Seattle area. His original Seattle deck features famous Seattle landmarks and neighborhood places ranging from the iconic Space Needle and Pike Place Market to the Seattle Art Museum and Showbox.
“Capturing and celebrating icons is my passion, and it seemed natural to extend from landmarks to craft breweries,” explained Trotter. “These breweries have become meccas to craft beer lovers; the brewery decks allow fans to celebrate the craft beer scene and remember where they’ve been or seek out a new place to visit.”
The back of each playing card features an effervescent golden ale, while the front features one of 52 drawings, each of which was sketched on location without the aid of a photograph. Trotter embellished and added crosshatching details to the images in his studio using his Great-Aunt’s 1910 ink pen. His illustrative style is influenced by graphic novels as well as the Renaissance etchings of Albrecht Durer and Andreas Mantegna.
The decks are printed in the Northwest on UV coated card stock, have rounded corners and are shrink-wrapped. Every deck comes in a signed and numbered hand-folded box, and includes an illustrated map of the featured locations along with random beer trivia. The decks retail for $20 and are available at several locations throughout the Northwest as well as online at www.illustratedplayingcards.com.
The Brewery Deck Series has been well-received, and Trotter is already planning a trip to San Diego for the third installment.
Since producing his first deck of illustrated cards in 2010, Trotter has distributed thousands of handcrafted, locally produced decks across the country. His drawings are documentary artifacts that capture a visual record of iconic landmarks for a growing roster of cities, including Astoria, Bend, Chicago, Eugene, Las Vegas (in color), Los Angeles, Manhattan, Paris, Portland, San Francisco, Rome, Seattle, Vancouver BC and Washington DC. For more information, visit www.illustratedplayingcards.com.