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Breweries with the least and most professional beer labels?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Jake351, May 27, 2012.

  1. Jake351

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    -Dovetailing from the topic of the new Weyerbacher labels...(one of my fav beers, BTW)

    I'm sure you've all noticed that some craft beers (especially the smaller 'start-up' companies), may have..err..less than stellar art or fonts, (some of which look like they may have constructed from Printworks for Windows 98. Of course, this just for labels only, which doesn't correlate w/ the quality of the beers of course.
    Which are your favs? Most meh? Most cartoony?
    Go wild w/ this topic!

    I'll start:
    Worst looking labels: Bar harbor brewing company.
    Most professional: Ommegang
    Best Pin-up art: Haverhill Brewery
    Most embarassing beer to bring home to have your wife see: Middle Ages Brewing: 'Double Wench' (Google Image this)
    Best Comic Book art: Stone Brewing
     
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    i like the names and labels of Flying dog brews
     
  3. checktherhyme

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    Most Professional: Firestone Walker
    Worst Looking: Lost Coast
    Makes Me Feel Good for the New Season: Sierra Nevada
    Badass: Rogue
     
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    Weyerbacher labels are the worst
     
  6. beerguy2784

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    Most professional.. Firestone proprietors reserve series & westvleteran... Some of the DFH regulars are nice and basic, but it varies a lot through their lines and some aren't great

    Most cartoony.. Flying dog

    Least professional.. I'm sure there are worse, but weyerbacher's double simcoe has a terrible label
     
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    Professional: Maine Beer Co.

    Worst: Red Hook

    METAL: 3 floyds
     
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    Not sure about most/least professional, but I'll add that Cigar City's labels have gone from being very amateurish two years ago to being quite polished & attractive now.
     
  9. EgadBananas

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    I must agree. All the Belgian Style Ale labels they do, as well as the Bourbon County line, are just plain classy.

    Stay classy, Goose Island.
     
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    Also, I especially liked Surly's labels when I was underage because they passed as energy drinks when dealing with certain clueless cops...
     
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  12. beerguy2784

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    I'm not sure what they looked like before, but I picked up a homefront ipa a couple days ago and the label is really busy - I'm not a fan.
     
  13. FriarTuckInLuck

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    Most Professional: Firestone FTW
    Most Cartoony: No doubt Coney Island(the person who said Flying Dog must not get "art")
    Most Artistic: Odell sixers/four packs,Dogfish 750s, and the aforementioned Flying Dog
    Most Pretentious: Goose Island(Belgian style ale...come on guys)
    Most Ugly: Moylans, Marin, Green Flash, Dogfish sixers(why so bad guys?)
    Most Longwinded: Lost Abbey(borrring) Stone(awesome)
     
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    Im shocked no one had shit on the dark horse labels yet.
     
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    Classy: Samuel Adams
    Folksy: Smuttynose
    Scary: Stone
    Appropriate: Highland
     
  16. corey0212

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    Most awesome: Jolly Pumpkin
    Fucking righteous: Jolly Pumpkin
    Best use of a cat with a sword: Jolly Pumpkin
     
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    My favorite labels:
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    Dogfish
    Cigar City
    Surly

    Plain Labels:
    Brooklyn
    Weyerbacher
     
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    Worst: Russian River
     
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    Worst is definitely Weyerbacher. Best looking labels IMO are NEBCO. I may be a homer, but 668 and Imperial Stout Trouper are awesome labels.
     
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    Love Flying Dog

    Most Professional: Firestone Walker
    Most "Classic": Sam Adams
    Artsy/Hippy: Magic Hat
    Favorite: Smuttynose
    Least Favorite: Founders, Lagunitas
    Best Cans: Ghandi Bot and Gansett
     
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    Call me oldskool, but my favorites are Anchor, Brooklyn, and Sierra..
     
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    I take it no one has ever seen a Kuehnehnn(sp?). I remember their Raspberry Eisbock looking like it was printed from a IIGS.
     
  23. TheBeerologist

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    Most Professional: The Bruery, Firestone Walker
    Least Favorite: FFF, Sand Creek
     
  24. RoryOMoore

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    Most Cartoonie/Graphic Novelie:
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    Professional - Brooklyn, GI & FW.
    Not so Much - Lost Coast & Wormtown.
     
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    If you don't pick Anchor for best labels, you forgot about Anchor.
     
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    Flying Dog must not get moderation. We all know who Ralph Steadman is, I can even appreciate his work but to plaster is on every bottle it becomes a bit overdone and played out. The labels do not do it for me.
     
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    Most Pro? Goose Island. Minimalism all the way.
    Personal Fave? New Belgium Lips of Faith Series. Super fun and gorgeous
    Least Pro? Weyerbacher
     
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    i have always liked the hair of the dog labels. very well done, eye catching, and memorable.
     
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    If anyone actually does do a search for this, expect some surprises of the NWS variety. Not complaining, just thought I'd mention it.

    And yeah, Double Wench looks like someone took a screen cap from some porn and just traced over it. Didn't even realized I'd seen this in stores until I did the search. I have nothing against boobs (at the moment *ba-dum tish) but that thing looks really bad and doesn't exactly make me want to try it.
     
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  31. FriarTuckInLuck

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    The thing is, moderation or not, the Flying Dog images are quite evocative without resorting to the the gimics of a Coney Island or Clown Shoes.(Not really a fan of "themes" for brewerys when it comes to naming their brews, but the art is still crazy good IMO)
     
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    Half Acre in Chicago has some of the most original label art in my opinion. Some really great artwork generally with a touch of humor. Many of you probably haven't had the opportunity to see some of the labels. Below are a few examples (the Big Hugs label this year still cracks me up).

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    I too am not a fan of the Flying Dog labels, and they're local to me- I live ten miles from their brewery in Frederick, MD. The designs, while show obvious talent, are just too over the top for me as are some of there beer names, which are juvenile and trying too hard. While I like to support, and I do, the local brewery, their collection of beers baffles me. Some go from very pedestrian and uninspired to downright yummy top-shelf offerings....very inconsistent.
     
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    Should have mentioned it..definitely Image Google ALL the words: Middle Ages Double Wench Beer..(Not just Double Wench)...makes it a wee bit less NSFW, (but the labels could still be risque depending on your workplace, and region of the country, and the artwork is stilll kinda...errr.. out there (no pun intended))

    "Don't like her? What's wrong with her? She's beautiful, she's rich, she's got huge... tracts of land"-King of Swamp Castle
     
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    Agree with Wormtown...technically nothing wrong w/ the labels, but the Fonts are all over the place from beer to beer...feels...amateurish in a way.

    Brooklyn Brewery..definitely professional looking..consistently...but also plain in other ways...(mentioned by another poster)
     
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    I think Hardywood Park is off to a great start with their labels. Nice look and feel to them.
    In fact, I think all of their packaging and marketing material is excellent.
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    I really like Bruery's labels...GI and FW come close. But only some (read: sours) boost my pulse...

    Dont like FFF labels, but their beers are phenomenal.
     
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    Most Tacky by Far: Big Beaver Brewing. If you havent seen it, look it up and check out all of their beer names and labels. Absolutley terrible
     
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    The new Ommegang Labels are fantastic, much better than the originals IMO.
     
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    The only thing I've had from them is Pliny so I can't say too much about their labels, but the use of the Comic Sans-ish font around the Pliny label made me cringe a bit. I think it might be because I spend too much time on teh intertubes.
     
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