For Justin Bergo, drawing and a fascination with monsters and spooky themes go hand in hand, so when Surly Brewing Company asked the Mankato-based artist to design its monster-themed labels for Darkness, a seasonal Russian imperial stout released annually around Halloween, it was a match made in heaven.
“It’s exactly my aesthetic,” Bergo said. “It’s dark monsters, dark art and creature oriented. The exposure is great and they’re a cool company based out of Minnesota. I couldn’t be happier to work with them.”
Michael Berglund, creative director for the Minneapolis-based Surly, said the company’s president and founder, Omar Ansari, came up with the idea of hiring a new artist each year to design the labels for the limited-edition beer back in 2007.