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Brewery Ommegang re-branding

Discussion in 'Beer News' started by Cinderbike, Aug 14, 2012.

  1. Cinderbike

    Cinderbike Savant (295) Nevada Jan 16, 2011

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  2. bentonquest

    bentonquest Savant (280) New York Jan 19, 2012

    They look great in person, they were around at BCTC. I also like what they are doing with their limited releases and seasonals, more consistent branding all around. I also think these labels will sell better in stores.
  3. jivex5k

    jivex5k Advocate (660) Florida Apr 13, 2011

    Yeah those labels catch the eye a lot better than the old ones, but I do like the classic ones a bit better.
    Probably will get used to these quick though, as long as the inside stays the same!
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  4. nandemo1

    nandemo1 Savant (315) Virginia Jun 14, 2011 Beer Trader

    Still classy.
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  5. beertunes

    beertunes Poobah (1,400) Washington Sep 24, 2007 Beer Trader

    As I said when this came up a couple months ago, I hate 'em. Just too hip and faddish for my tastes. The old branding would have looked good a hundred years ago, would look good a hundred years from now and look good now. These will become very tiresome very quickly and just blend in with all the other visual noise.
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  6. highlifeCO

    highlifeCO Aficionado (175) Colorado Jan 20, 2008 Beer Trader

    I like the old ones better too. Those kinda look like great divide designs, each one of their beers has a figure design just like those to go with it.
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  7. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poobah (1,475) California Mar 18, 2010 Verified

    I like the new ones better. They look great in person.
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  8. MrDanno96

    MrDanno96 Savant (390) Ohio Aug 26, 2009

    Very eye catching, but still classy. I didn't think there was anything wrong with their current labels, but these ones look good too.
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  9. 3leven

    3leven Aficionado (155) Texas Jun 28, 2012

    I liked the old labels although the one for rare vos could've been made more consistent with the other labels like three philosophers. And abbey ale. I see what they're trying to do, but even as a designr I didn't like em at first glance. Hope it works out for them.
  10. SHODriver

    SHODriver Advocate (600) Louisiana Aug 13, 2010 Beer Trader

    I really don't give a shit what a beer label looks like. I buy a beer based upon the quality of the contents in the bottle. I've never thought, "OOOOHHHHHH, that's a pretty label!!!! I WANT THAT ONE!!!!!!!!!!"

    a pretty label might get you a single sale but solid beer gains you a repeat customer.
  11. Dennoman

    Dennoman Advocate (525) Belgium Aug 20, 2011

    To be honest I prefer these labels over the "mock Belgian" theme they had going, including their glasses. Looks like they're going a bit more Americana on this, and I don't see why not. Good American breweries should be proud of their identity and not try to be something they're not. Plus, I don't think these look too gawdy at all.

    My favorite American labels are still Goose Island and the Bruery. The confidence in their beer shines through beautifully and most of their bottles fit in any fine wine department.
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  12. Lutter

    Lutter Advocate (660) Texas Jun 30, 2010

    Ive met people who thought Ommegang was Belgian until i told them "Dude, its from New York".
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  13. trxxpaxxs

    trxxpaxxs Champion (835) New York Mar 5, 2010 Beer Trader

    Really? I think these new labels are way more classic/clean/timeless than the old ones. Look at the hennepin label:



    The new one oozes class and sophistication. If I were walking through a beer store, wearing a popped collar polo with an argyle sweater over it, I'd buy the new beer. It looks classy.
  14. Nutwood

    Nutwood Savant (415) Kentucky Jun 30, 2012

    From a branding perspective, there was little or nothing tying the various styles together on the old lables.. The new ones provide nice targets for the eye when seeking the pertinent information. The artwork is clean and formal, yet fanciful and fun, which I think really expresses the brand identity very well.

    Label collectors, get your old school Ommegang while you can.
  15. trxxpaxxs

    trxxpaxxs Champion (835) New York Mar 5, 2010 Beer Trader

    Seriously dude !?! You have to be kidding me...

    You would be shocked by how many people by beer based on how cool it looks. We are beer geeks. We don't really care. But if you are a new start-up, you have to catch the eye of the general audience so that they buy your beer instead of the competitor's beer. The beer geek population is miniscule compared to the beer buying public at large. For Ommegang it seems to be mainly about the "average joe" consumer who wants something "special" for an occasion and buys their bottle because it looks nice. Or something like that. I guess I'm just saying that at 13.99 a bottle, it's a hard sale. And a good way to expand sales is to class it up a bit. Make it clean/timeless/high class. With the new labels, I feel like they have done just that, and will sell more beer.
  16. 3leven

    3leven Aficionado (155) Texas Jun 28, 2012

    He's right. Most people do judge a book by its cover. We get a lot of folks in the store who pick their beer based on what looks or sounds cool. Gotta admit what draws you to a beer. In design school we''re taught this psychological evaluation. That's the basis of design and packaging. You want the consumer to pick you out of all others and how do you do that.... pretty package.
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  17. I liked the old labels ok, but the new ones are really classy, fanciful but up-scale, etc as said above. I REALLY like the new Hennepin and Rare Vos over the older models. The 3 Phils is the only one I'm not sure about, but overall, I like the change. And (as someone who knows NOTHING about design) I assume that while the high quality of the contents keeps people loyal to a brand, if you want to GROW said brand, attractive packaging helps oodles.
  18. raynmoon

    raynmoon Advocate (630) Colorado Aug 13, 2011 Beer Trader

    I bought Trois Pistoles and Lost Abbey the first time based on its label. It was a good decision all around.
  19. Personally, I find the new labels to be a bit tacky...but it is just not an artistic style that I like.... I know plenty of people who would love the new label. Good for Ommegang for trying out something new.
  20. Mute98

    Mute98 Aficionado (140) California Sep 11, 2009

    Very true. What got me into craft beer to begin with was buying Arrogant Bastard because the name and the paragraph on the back of the label intrigued me. Initial exploration was also a lot more label-based, though nowadays its different. I remember I ignored Kern River's JO for a while because I thought the label looked weird (which was regrettable because that beer is awesome)

    The labels arent made with the beer geek in mind, its to gain curiosity and interest from the average person who doesn't know the differences between many of the beers right in front of them (which can be overwhelming in a place that has a huge beer selection)
  21. Branding, Labels, greats looks , don't make a beer good that's for sure but it sure helps to sells. Any breweries that takes their business seriously and put a little effort in their ''image de marque'' or labels , will be winners at the end.
  22. shand

    shand Advocate (705) Florida Jul 13, 2010 Beer Trader

    Exactly, the branding is much better here. If someone enjoys one of your beers, you want them to easily find your other beers. That wasn't going to happen with the old Ommegang labels.
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  23. porkinator

    porkinator Savant (315) California Aug 26, 2009 Beer Trader

    If you want to talk plain labels & contents of the beer bringing the consumer back for more, check out 99% (may not be correct figure) of Russian Rivers beers. Comic Sans anyone? I don't buy their beer for the label (however, the little design on the -tion beers are pretty interesting).
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  24. MaxSpang

    MaxSpang Advocate (515) Ohio Jan 28, 2011

    They look like wine labels, which works for the styles of beers that they produce. I like'em.
  25. Azzy

    Azzy Savant (300) Texas Jul 16, 2012

    I like the new labels. I think they will stand out better amongst the crowd. These labels are to attract customers that aren't decisive or aren't really into craft beer. The way the beer is branded and marketed will help obtain a customer purchase, but good beer and quality will help maintain the customer.
  26. Jaycase

    Jaycase Poobah (1,015) Illinois Jan 13, 2007 Beer Trader

    I'm sorry, these look terrible imo. It's like they said let's make the labels shiny and they will buy.

    The Three Philosophers one looks like a James Bond one sheet.

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  27. Azzy

    Azzy Savant (300) Texas Jul 16, 2012

    Go to a store isle and look at the way beer is placed. These will stand out among others. I dont like the Witte colors but I'm sure they will grab attention of people.
  28. The Wegman's here puts them in the Belgian section and not the East Coast section.

    Don Feinberg sold Ommegang in 2003 to Belgian brewer Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat, brewers of the world-renowned Duvel Golden Ale. As a result, Ommegang Ales are made both in Belgium and in Cooperstown, New York. Duvel Moortgat brewed limited amounts of beer for Brewery Ommegang in 2006 to help meet demand, but has not brewed any since then.
  29. Sneers

    Sneers Savant (455) Pennsylvania Dec 27, 2009

    Just because a company manages to sell a lot of beer with poor design doesn't mean that better design couldn't increase sales.
  30. porkinator

    porkinator Savant (315) California Aug 26, 2009 Beer Trader

    I do agree with you, because most people want something that looks cleaner/streamlined/shiny (BMC commercials for reference). But, and I know that I'm obviously going to sound like a homer saying this (even though its about 2 hours away), but RR beers are plenty in demand. I'm sure revised labels wouldn't hurt their image at all. I was just pointing out that new shiny labels aren't a necessity if your products are selling.
  31. socon67

    socon67 Champion (815) New York Jun 18, 2010 Verified

    I spoke with a rep from Ommegang in the spring abou the new labels. It is a part of their re-branding. The original lables didn't give the same look, which is what they are going for. From a visual standpoint, it does make the bottles look consistent.
  32. BeerNDoggerel

    BeerNDoggerel Savant (455) Illinois Mar 13, 2011 Verified

    I simply love their beer.

    Give me a Hennepin on a hot day. Open a Rare Vos on a casual evening.
    Who cares about the label?
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  33. cneville

    cneville Savant (310) Ohio Sep 16, 2010

    consistency in labeling doesn't always make it more appealing, see:

    while these are hideous, it's the inside that matters.
  34. beertunes

    beertunes Poobah (1,400) Washington Sep 24, 2007 Beer Trader

    Or Surly. Their cans are garish and hideous. Their beer is tasty though.
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  35. 3leven

    3leven Aficionado (155) Texas Jun 28, 2012

    Proves that the label doesn't say anything about the contents. :)
  36. DevilsCups

    DevilsCups Savant (340) New York Mar 3, 2010

    LOVE the new labels. They're especially helpful for suggesting beers.

    "Grab the Ommegang Abbey brew with the red label".
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  37. Azzy

    Azzy Savant (300) Texas Jul 16, 2012

    But if you were new to craft beer and saw those next to the ommegang which would appeal more?
  38. ao125

    ao125 Savant (335) Virginia Dec 1, 2010

    One thing I think these labels do is make the beer less Belgian looking. I think they embrace the American craft beer movement in a way the old ones did not. Always had to tell people they were from New York.
  39. leedorham

    leedorham Champion (845) Washington Apr 27, 2006

    I think they actually look more Belgian now. In fact, the silhouettes kind of remind me of something...

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  40. Ommegang Ales are made both in Belgium and in Cooperstown, New York.

    See my earlier post for the rest of the info on this.