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I once saw someone use blackboard paint on their bottle so that they could use chalk on their bottle. Pretty clever!
If you laser print onto Avery labels (or probably almost any brand of label), it's pretty resilient without a protective coat - I have some labels on bottles that I printed two years ago, that have survived 4 or 5 batches, soaks in StarSan, etc. In fact, the labels I have are harder to get off than almost every commercial label, which is why I stopped ...
You can find viynl labels here BeerClings.com. They are reusable and work very well. Hope this helps.
If money were no object, you go have your design laser etched into your bottles with a blank spot where you could affix a temporary paper label that would hold the name of the specific beer. Or maybe a less expensive acid etching. You'd want to do the etching prior to filling the bottles. For vendors, Google the term "laser etching services" For DIY Buy ...
Check out weatherproof vinyl labels. According to this site, you can print on them with a standard inkjet printer: The material is weatherproof and the ink from a standard inkjet printer will encapsulate into a specially formulated top-coating upon printing. They make it sound like as the ink dries it soaks into the vinyl label. I know that ...
Have you considered either having the bottles etched (like people do for weddings) or (screen?) printed on with paint? Etching usually just involes an acid or mild abrasive to take the gloss off the glass--it's permanent and shouldn't compromise the bottles. Painting should be near-permanent, hot water and possibly cleansers might fade or peel the paint ...
I wonder if you could get your own design professionally printed on those "vinyl" like sheets that stick to windows? Then you can peel them on and off almost indefinitely. Not really and answer, but whatever.
Two Brothers in Warrenville, IL use labels that are actually difficult to remove and seem to be very water resistant. You might want to check with them to see where they get their labels.
A really good method for doing permanent labels is making "fired-ons". Enamel paint can be permanently attached to glass when baked. I made a stencil and used white spray paint (because that't the only enamel paint I had on hand). Put them on a tray and put them in the oven. AFTER they're in the oven, set it to 325 and leave them in there for at least 30 ...
I don't think you'd want to use stickers, as moisture would likely ruin the adhesive. Perhaps some vinyl cling material (think decorative window clings) would work well. Another possibility is to use (if you can find them) an opaque, light-colored bottle that you could write directly on. Frosted glass can be written on with a pencil just like paper, ...
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