Beer fans have 52 reasons to love Seattle Brewery Deck

Mar 06, 2014

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.

American Brewing and Salish Seas Brewing of Edmonds are featured on the Four and Five of Spades.

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,”  Trotter said.

“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.

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