By Ted Kaye
Originally published in Vexilloid Tabloid #34, June 2012

Portland’s Rock Bottom Brewery hosted the Portland Belgian Beer Challenge on April 10, 2012.  It featured a taste-off between beers from Amnesia, Rock Bottom, Roots, Lucky Lab, BJ’s, Concordia, Hair of the Dog, McMennamin’s Crystal Ballroom, and New Old Lompoc—ten breweries in all.

Logo of the Portland Belgian Beer Challenge, Rock Bottom Brewery, April 10, 2012.
Logo of the Portland Belgian Beer Challenge, Rock Bottom Brewery, April 10, 2012.

With 46 microbrewers of craft beer, Portland has more breweries per capita than any other city in the world and more than a third of the state’s total.  Many have won nationwide and international acclaim.  The craft beer industry in Oregon dates from a 1985 reform law allowing small-scale brewing in brewpubs.

The logo of the recent event combines the flags of Portland and Belgium, quartered with images of hops and barley, the main ingredients of beer.  However, it uses the narrower blue stripes from the older Portland design, and makes their shade far too dark.  (See Portland Code 1.06.010 for the correct design and colors.)


2015 update:

The Cheers to Belgian Beers festival is still going strong, now in its 9th year.  But 2012 appears to be the last time it used this logo, after appearing in 2010 and 2011:

Festival poster, 2010.
Festival poster, 2010.
Festival poster, 2011.

South Dakota Proposals (2012)

By Patrick Genna, revised by Scott Mainwaring
Originally published in Vexilloid Tabloid #34 (June 2012)

In February a South Dakota House panel rejected a proposal to change the state flag.  Its design was first adopted in 1909, updated in 1963, and again in 1992.  (There is a short YouTube video explaining the evolution.)

Flag of South Dakota  (from Wikipedia)
Flag of South Dakota as of 1992 (from Wikipedia)

Using the standard arguments against change, Secretary of State Jason Gant urged the panel to keep the current flag, which he said represents the state’s history and is recognized by people across South Dakota, and John Moison, an artist and retired state worker, said the current flag should be retained because South Dakota troops have fought under it in all wars since at least World War II.

The flag is used as a bad example in Good Flag, Bad Flag, which notes that it writes the name of the state—twice.

Artist Dick Termes had proposed a new design—which may have been the challenge.  A more successful strategy for flag-change might be to achieve consensus that the current flag should be changed, BEFORE offering any new designs.

South Dakota flag proposed by Dick Termes
South Dakota flag proposed by Dick Termes

The topic spurred much discussion on flag-related chat forums.

Working with Michael Rudolf, of Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, I developed a more simple alternative for a new design (below).

Proposed flag for South Dakota by Patrick Genna and Michael Rudolf
South Dakota flag proposed by Patrick Genna and Michael Rudolf

Vexilloid Tabloid #34

The future is here: It may only be May, but The Vexilloid Tabloid #34, June 2012,  is available now!  Featuring:

  • South Dakota Proposal (Patrick Genna)
  • Mystery Flag (Michael Orelove)
  • Portland Cheers

and as always the “What’s that Flag?” or, in this issue’s version, “What’s that Roundel?” quiz (from quizmaster Max Liberman), and notes from our last meeting.

Click here for this latest issue (PDF, 2.9MB), or see for access to this and all previous issues.

Proposed flag for South Dakota, by Patrick Genna and Michael Rudolf.
Astronomer Michael Orelove, seeking flags related to objects in the solar system, displays his latest prize.
When Michael Orelove had more hair and a moustache, he apparently once resembled Albert Einstein. Michael’s brother recently sent him this image of a cigar band, with two flags. Question: is the flag on the left a crudely-drawn Confederate Battle Flag (ensign), or is it something else?
David Anchel describes seeing the flag that cradled President Lincoln’s head on April 14, 1865.