ciLive! partnered with Court Avenue Brewing Company to create ciLive! themed labels. The contest was part of the countdown to ciLive!,
Artists were encouraged to incorporate this year's ciLive! theme – “The Art of Imagination" – into their entries, with the winning designs to be featured on custom ciLive! 11 bottles produced by Court Avenue Brewing Co. The contest received nearly 100 individual entries, including submissions from across Iowa and as far away as Minnesota, Ohio, Florida and Brazil.
A panel of judges selected six finalists in each of the contest's two categories – root beer and craft beer – and the first, second and third-place winners in each category were announced during the March 7 event. The root beer label category was open to anyone age 20 or younger, with parental consent required for entrants under the age of 18. The beer label category was open to anyone age 21 or older.
Winners received VISA gift cards in the following amounts: First place ($300), second place ($100) and third place ($50). Additionally, each first-place winner received a complimentary dinner for two at Court Avenue Brewing Co. in Des Moines.
Craft Beer Category
Kyle Salyan of Olmsted Falls, OH poses with his first-place winning design in the craft beer category
Root Beer Category
Hailey Frost of Norwalk, IA poses with her first-place winning design in the root beer category
Top Winners in Each Category
Pictured (left to right) are Stephanie Joy, Ames (3rd place, craft beer category); Kristine Do, Des Moines (2nd place, craft beer category); Kyle Salyan, Olmsted Falls, Ohio (1st place, craft beer category); Hailey Frost, Norwalk (1st place, root beer category); Mattea Millburn, Des Moines (2nd place, root beer category); and Joseph Busch, Des Moines (3rd place, root beer category).