Every year we have to pinch ourselves. “Wow! Did we really get all of these incredible submissions for the Art of Tröegs contest?”

Among this year’s bounty of beautiful beer art was a coffee table in the shape of the Nugget Nectar fist, a 3-foot-by-5-foot light-up sign made with 4-dozen bottles and hundreds of bottlecaps, and a custom pair of wood sunglasses covered in Freaky Peach labels!

We loved each and every piece, but there was one that made our smiles just a bit bigger, and that was the “Renaissance of Beer.”

Marni Manning, a folk artist and craft beer lover from Reston, Va., heard about the contest from her sister and brother-in-law, who were traveling through Hershey. As she was reading up on Tröegs, she read an interview with founding brother Chris Trogner that said he and his brother John hatched the idea to open a brewery while amidst Colorado’s “brewing renaissance.” The seed for her piece was planted.

“I wanted to paint something that not only celebrated their passion for crafting beer, but also playfully paid homage to the rebirth of beer by painting the brothers in 16th-century garb,” says Marni. “I come from a close-knit family myself and I love how the Trogner brothers have worked together to build an amazing brewery from the ground up.”

Congratulations, Marni, we love your painting! And the highest of fives to everyone who entered this year’s contest. Next year’s will be here before you know it, so keep those creative juices flowing!