Take a Closer Look at Tonight’s Beverage

Cameron Chapman By Cameron Chapman  |  Oct. 19, 2012

It’s Friday! Across the globe millions of workers will celebrate the end of a hard week and the arrival of the weekend with a quiet drink, or a few noisy ones. 

Whether your preferred tipple is beer, wine, or a cocktail, there’s a chance that Michael Davidson and BevShots have taken a picture of it at a microscopic level.

The resulting colors and patterns produced are truly breathtaking, reminiscent of both tie dye and fractal images.

To take the photos, various alcohols are crystallized on slides and then photographed under a polarized light microscope. The brilliant images you see are created when light refracts through the crystals.

The images taken have been used for everything from flasks to coasters to framed prints and more.

Here are some of my favorites:


Pale Ale

pale ale


Black and Tan

black and tan


Canadian Whiskey

canadian whiskey





Cosmopolitan Martini



English Oatmeal Stout

english oatmeal stout


Tequila Sunrise

tequila sunrise


Black Russian

black russian


American Ice Lager

american ice lager


Canadian Ice Lager

canadian ice lager


Czech Pilsener

czech pilsener


Dirty Martini

dirty martini


English Pure Brewed Lager

english pure brewed lager


German Pilsener

german pilsener


Gin and Tonic

gin and tonic


Jamaican Lager

jamaican lager


Mexican Light Lager

mexican light lager





Tennessee Whiskey

tennessee whiskey


Vodka Tonic

vodka tonic





White Zinfandel

white zinfandel


Chinese Lager

chinese lager


Which of the images is your favorite? Would you hang a print like these on your wall? Let us know in the comments.