The Story Behind The Beer Cap Rose 

The day before I went on a mini vacation I entered in the beer cap rose giveaway. I was pretty stoked about entering and getting away for a few days.  I was in Texas the 26th of January. I got a cold(yes again) so I didn’t get to do as much as I wanted to. I did check out one cool spot. I tried a few beers and took a sip of an IPA milkshake.

I found out I won the beer cap rose on 01/29/17.

@hoppy_dudes photo


I was so excited to win this rose. I became very intrigued with Ian’s work. I really enjoyed seeing all his works of art. He reached out to me when he shipped out my rose to let me know it was on it’s way.

The day I received the rose I was honestly having a terrible day. I was home early and when the package arrived I was so excited. He packaged it really well. When I opened it I was amazed at how well made and intricate this rose was.

I wanted to get to know a bit about Ian’s passion for art and beer. So I sent him a few questions via email.

I sent him some questions and he was very quick in responding.(Thank you!)

I asked: When did you start making art with beer caps? Have you always been artistic? What is your favorite piece that you have made? How do you get so many beer caps to make your masterpieces?

Ian has always been artistic and started making beer cap art in 2010. His favorite piece that he has made so far is his first piece which is the original pelican he made. That is what started it all for him and was the piece that took the longest to make. That original pelican can be seen hanging up at the brewery in Abita Springs. I won’t give away his trade secrets but he does save bottle caps for his pieces. 🙂

These next 3 questions I wanted you to read his actual responses. I feel like when you read someone’s response you get to know them a bit better.

Why the name “pelicancapworks”?

“I came up with that because of the first piece I did. For the most part, I do Louisiana related pieces, using local Abita beer bottle caps. The pelican is the state bird of Louisiana and like I said, my favorite bird. I have one tattooed on my chest. So it made sense to name my business after it, especially since I do a lot of Louisiana inspired pieces.”

What is your favorite beer?

“That is a tough one for me, and it really changes through the year and the seasons. Abita makes a lot of seasonal beers and I love pretty much everything they make. But if I had to pick one beer… it would be a well poured pint of Guinness at a good Irish pub.”

What inspired you to make the beer cap rose? 

“After doing this kind of art for years, I pretty much look at everything with the potential to make it out of bottle caps. I must have seen a rose somewhere, and figured that rose pedals are similar to the shape of a cap, and just started experimenting with bending them. The rose is my first piece of 3D art though, and hopefully I will be doing more of that in the future.”


This blog post is bittersweet. From the time I won the rose to the time it was delivered. So many things changed in my life. It was all so unexpected. Art saved the day. The beer cap rose  inspired me to write this blog.

Thank you Ian for making this awesome rose. Keep up the great work! I hope you create more 3D pieces.

Follow Ian on IG @pelicancapworks  and if you are curious about Abita take a look @abitabeer

Also thank you to @hoppy_dudes on IG for being a part of this giveaway, follow them too. 🙂


I will be posting a beauty haul for my next blog post. And I will be trying a local brewery this week. I am trying to get back into the groove of things.

Thank you so much for reading and don’t forget to follow me on IG @beautyandbeer



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