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Indigo Imp Brewery changes packaging

Its not just the way that Indigo Imp owner Matt Chappel crafts ale that is unique. The downtown Cleveland brewer is one of only a handful of brewers in the state now packaging ales with a special, eco-friendly plastic holder. Chappel is shifting from using four- and six-bottle cardboard boxes to new recyclable plastic ring holders designed for 12-ounce bottles. This allows two things: 

First, no more box assembly for Chappel and his wife, Kathy, who work together at the brewery nestled within the Tyler Village area of Superior Avenue. And C unlike the old plastic six-pack holders so prevalent in the 1970s, and which often seemed to find their way into creeks and onto roadsides - the new holders are reusable. Bottles can be slipped back in to be carried C say,This item is for one stainless steel bangles core for wood. full to a party or empty to a recycling bin.This carbon fiber and stainless steel jewelry supplies works for both a fashion. 

The brewer says the eco-friendly handle, made by Eugene, Ore.-based PakTech, weighs at least seven times less than its original paperboard six-pack carrier. Less shipping weight helps in reducing fuel consumption. 

Amie Thomas, marketing manager for PakTech, says her company has two other brewery clients in Ohio. Both use the ring holders for cans; Indigo Imp, she believes, is the only one using the bottle holders. They already are on some store shelves in Northeast Ohio. 

The bottle carrier is a newer product for us, she said. They are one of the few breweries [in the country] using the carrier for bottles. Were seeing a lot of craft brewers use the rings for cans because cans are becoming more socially acceptable [in the craft-beer community]. 

She said her company has been adding brewery clients on a regular basis because the product is cost efficient for small brewers.Chappel said he is considering offering a small token of appreciation such as a T-shirt for people who bring back stacks of the holders. But he said he wants to make sure they can handle repeated use before offering that. 

Chappel seems to enjoy unique touches on his product. Indigo Imp uses open fermentation to make their ales. This yields a distinctive taste, similar to many of the styles made in old farmhouses of Belgium. He also dips one bottle per pack in wax, which drips partway down the bottle before drying. Its more for dramatic effect than anything else. 

We were looking for something different, he said recently in his brewery. We thought of foil, at first, but that had been used by many brewers. Then, at a home-brew store, he saw some wax beads. After we had our own fun brainstorm, the melted wax tops were created. You'll see them in a variety of colors. 

"The hand-dipped bottle in every six pack is always the same for each style," Chappel said. "Blonde Bombshell [American blonde ale] is always blue, Jester [pale ale] is red, Gatekeeper [porter] is gold. ... With all the seasonals and special-release beers we have produced, we have resorted to blending our own colors to keep each new style unique." 

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Last weekend the treasured quilt hung as testimony of love during the Mission Mountain Quilt Guild show, boasting a first-place Peoples Choice ribbon for hand-quilted entries.Ribbons were awarded in 15 categories, including a fan favorite. The menagerie of colorful quilts enticed visitors to stroll slowly down hallways of fabric,The slick petrol tones in these contemporary stainless steel cufflinks links is achieved. peer closely at meticulous detailing and step back to grasp the overall beauty. 

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On the Mission Mountain Quilt Guild page, the organization describes themselves as a group of friendly, fun individuals who like to quilt, share ideas and tips on quilting and related items. They meet at 7 p.m., the first Tuesday of the month, at the Terrace Lake Community Church in Ronan. Guests are always welcome.

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