We have a Darkness Artist!
After judging entries from dozens of highly qualified artists and illustrators, we’ve found a successor to 2020 Darkness Artist Barbara Guttman.
Congratulations to Justin Bergo, our 2021 Darkness Artist!
Here’s a little more about him in his own words.
“I’m Justin Bergo and I’m a freelance artist working out of Mankato. I was born and raised in Minnesota, wandering creeks and ravines, always imagining the unseen beast in the shadows. I’ve wanted to draw monsters for a living ever since I got my first Dungeons & Dragons book. The idea of being able to work and create with Surly is a dream. Ten years ago my brother picked me up from the airport and he said the fateful words, ‘They have a keg of Darkness at the Blue Door Pub.’ We ate, we drank, and then he showed me the bottle art. I was blown away. I knew I needed to draw for Surly after that.”
Justin will be designing all of the coming year’s Darkness beers—the original, the variants, and next year’s Barrel-Aged version. We look forward to turning him loose.
(And watch stores next week for Barbara Guttman’s Darkness swan song, as 2021 Barrel-Aged Darkness arrives.)