Emiliano Ponzi illustrated for Portsmouth Brewery's Kate the Great Day. The annual event takes place the first Monday in March and is the only day of the year the brewery's Kate the Great Russian Imperial Stout is available. The popular event draws people from all over New England with many waiting in line overnight for what Beer Advocate magazine calls the "best beer in America."
Emiliano's quirky portrait of the infamous Russian empress, Catherine the Great, could be seen on labels for the beer, as well as on several other promotional items, including t-shirts for men, women and children and ticket stubs for the event. A portion of the proceeds went to benefit local charities.