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Which brewing company has the best packaging design?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Ohio_Stevo, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. Ohio_Stevo

    Ohio_Stevo Zealot (80) Feb 1, 2013

    I am a graphic designer. Yes I judge things by the cover but not exactly craft beer. I love packaging design and I have studied beer packaging over the years. What is your favorite packaging? Post a photo if you can. Mine is Great Divide Brewing Company. The names of the beers and packaging are colorful and fun!

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  2. djrn2

    djrn2 Poobah (1,250) New Jersey Nov 4, 2009 Beer Trader

    Jolly Pumpkin
    Lost Abbey
  3. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,120) Washington Sep 18, 2010 Beer Trader

  4. thereal

    thereal Aficionado (235) Illinois Apr 20, 2010

    I really dig the simple elegance of Goose Island's Vintage and Bourbon County lines.
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  5. tozerm

    tozerm Savant (410) Washington Jul 1, 2005

  6. klinger

    klinger Aficionado (190) Ohio Oct 9, 2012

  7. I'm digging Ommegang's new packaging.
  8. SeaOfShells

    SeaOfShells Savant (350) California Feb 22, 2011

    Ommegang has wowed me with their new labels, but I also like the cute fish on Ballast Point. Dorado, Sea Monster and Victory at Sea are all great looking labels also.
  9. ShemRahBoo

    ShemRahBoo Advocate (540) New Jersey Jan 28, 2010 Beer Trader

    Firestone walker, specifically mentioning because of the 4 pack design of double jack.
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  10. joeebbs

    joeebbs Savant (360) Pennsylvania Apr 29, 2009

    I really like the new labeling that Ommegang has recently put out

  11. taxman

    taxman Savant (285) Illinois Feb 22, 2012

  12. smuttynose labels are beautiful

  13. on a flat out true design front; it is Great divide easily.. Ommegang coming in second. On an artistic, one of a kind type of label, I would vote for Pretty things or Jolly Pumpkin.
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  14. Nachos4two

    Nachos4two Advocate (685) Illinois Nov 26, 2011 Beer Trader

    if were speaking of packaging not labels Id say one of my favs is MOAS
  15. joeebbs

    joeebbs Savant (360) Pennsylvania Apr 29, 2009

    I just realized how close in concept the Great Divide and Ommegang labels are.
  16. Chico_PT

    Chico_PT Aspirant (25) Dec 27, 2012

    Life and Limb collaboration by Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada
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  17. Love the simplicity of Maine Beer Co. so I am going with that.
  18. Ohio_Stevo

    Ohio_Stevo Zealot (80) Feb 1, 2013

    You would.
  19. Ohio_Stevo

    Ohio_Stevo Zealot (80) Feb 1, 2013

    As far as silhouettes...yes.
  20. Guy-T

    Guy-T Disciple (60) Michigan Jan 21, 2013

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  21. I really like the present Uinta labeling. Nice consistent design sense applied in a variety of ways.

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  22. I really like the new brewery opening up in the twin cities designs... but then again i like the simple clean look

    and their logo


    havent tried their beer yet so we'll see what the beer tastes like when i can make it back home
  23. Maine Beer, Pretty Things, and Notch Brewing in Mass all have awesome labels, IMHO.
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  24. Squatchito

    Squatchito Savant (250) Virginia Dec 6, 2007

    I second this, simple to be sure but they certainly leave an impression. +1 for Homunculus, which may have the most disturbing label I've every seen, sorry Clown Shoes.
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  25. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Savant (380) Arizona Jul 29, 2012

    Gotta love Stone, sublimely self-righteous is one of the coolest labels I've ever seen
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  26. Jeffboyardee123

    Jeffboyardee123 Aficionado (185) New York Apr 24, 2012 Beer Trader

    I think Stillwater Artisanal has some bitching artwork


    Edit: Broken Bones Brewing has some awesome artwork too.

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  27. LeRose

    LeRose Advocate (725) Massachusetts Nov 24, 2011 Subscriber

    True. Every time I see that Homunculus label I stare at it in a weirded-out kinda way. But it does get my attention, that's for sure.
  28. Stratoc100

    Stratoc100 Aspirant (40) Illinois Jun 11, 2012

    Many friends have commented on Anchorage Brewing Company's printed on graphics. No label, the crazy awesome graphics and unique beer discriptions ( almost poetry) are painted right on the bottle. Ex. Bitter Monk, Love Buzz, The Tide and its Takers
  29. Nachos4two

    Nachos4two Advocate (685) Illinois Nov 26, 2011 Beer Trader

    By far Chicago own Pipeworks for label designs
  30. alexipa

    alexipa Advocate (525) Colorado Oct 7, 2011 Beer Trader

    Odell is my favorite.
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  31. Dtapeski

    Dtapeski Aficionado (230) Colorado Oct 26, 2012

    I'm a fan of Boulevard's (especially the Seasonals and Smokestack series), but I might be swayed because the beer is so damn good.
  32. I've said the same thing about GD more than a few times.
    They even have an easy to find/read/it doesn't seem to rub off space for bottled date.
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  33. paulytasker

    paulytasker Advocate (575) New York May 16, 2012

    Have always appreciated Rogue's presentations!
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  34. zach60614

    zach60614 Savant (410) Illinois May 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    Looks like an Affliction t-shirt.
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  35. bnuno

    bnuno Aficionado (200) California Feb 8, 2011 Beer Trader

  36. I like the simplicity of Maine beer and mikkeller has had some pretty awesome labels.i love the hand drawn ones like the 1000 ibu label was awesome.for cans I like 21st amendment and heady
  37. I love Lost Abbey's, which is funny because Port Brewing's is rancid.

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  38. leedorham

    leedorham Champion (855) Washington Apr 27, 2006

    Upright has great artwork (not just the boobies)

    I really like this one

  39. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Advocate (525) Indiana Jan 4, 2012 Beer Trader

    Three Floyds
    Pizza Port
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  40. Jeffboyardee123

    Jeffboyardee123 Aficionado (185) New York Apr 24, 2012 Beer Trader

    I cast another vote for Three Floyds, most any label done by tattoo artists gets my vote. Plus the new Weyerbacher labels that are rolling out are pretty good, the old ones looked like Corel Clip Art
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