Breweries with the least and most professional beer labels?

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

  1. Jake351

    Jake351 Initiate (0) May 4, 2012 Massachusetts

    -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
  2. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,413) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    i like the names and labels of Flying dog brews
  3. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Initiate (152) Apr 8, 2008 Washington

    Most Professional: Firestone Walker
    Worst Looking: Lost Coast
    Makes Me Feel Good for the New Season: Sierra Nevada
    Badass: Rogue
  4. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

  5. dukes

    dukes Initiate (0) Apr 2, 2012 Maryland

    Weyerbacher labels are the worst
  6. beerguy2784

    beerguy2784 Initiate (0) Apr 4, 2012

    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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  7. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2011 Washington

    Professional: Maine Beer Co.

    Worst: Red Hook

    METAL: 3 floyds
  8. mondegreen

    mondegreen Devotee (423) Nov 4, 2009 Georgia

    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

    EgadBananas Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2009 Louisiana

    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.
  10. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

    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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  11. Jparkanzky

    Jparkanzky Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2011 Ohio

  12. beerguy2784

    beerguy2784 Initiate (0) Apr 4, 2012

    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

    FriarTuckInLuck Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2011 Arizona

    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)
  14. Jnorton00

    Jnorton00 Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    Im shocked no one had shit on the dark horse labels yet.
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  15. syppr

    syppr Initiate (26) May 19, 2011 Florida

    Classy: Samuel Adams
    Folksy: Smuttynose
    Scary: Stone
    Appropriate: Highland
  16. corey0212

    corey0212 Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2007 Connecticut

    Most awesome: Jolly Pumpkin
    Fucking righteous: Jolly Pumpkin
    Best use of a cat with a sword: Jolly Pumpkin
    mchegash, Nachojon, cl3 and 14 others like this.
  17. Heatwave33

    Heatwave33 Devotee (456) Sep 13, 2011 Florida
    Beer Trader

    My favorite labels:
    Cigar City

    Plain Labels:
  18. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 California

    Worst: Russian River
  19. pjs234

    pjs234 Zealot (544) Jun 29, 2008 Connecticut

    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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  20. BigCheese

    BigCheese Defender (689) Jul 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    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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  21. bcm119

    bcm119 Devotee (474) Feb 17, 2001 California

    Call me oldskool, but my favorites are Anchor, Brooklyn, and Sierra..
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  22. Wisconsinality

    Wisconsinality Initiate (0) Aug 15, 2009 Wisconsin

    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

    TheBeerologist Initiate (0) Nov 20, 2011 Rhode Island

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

    RoryOMoore Initiate (0) Mar 26, 2009 New Jersey

    Most Cartoonie/Graphic Novelie:




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  25. mltobin

    mltobin Poo-Bah (1,576) Apr 1, 2007 Connecticut
    Beer Trader

    Professional - Brooklyn, GI & FW.
    Not so Much - Lost Coast & Wormtown.
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  26. FunkyMacGroovin

    FunkyMacGroovin Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2009 California

    If you don't pick Anchor for best labels, you forgot about Anchor.
  27. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Meyvn (1,167) May 8, 2006 Michigan

    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.
  28. mtlasley

    mtlasley Initiate (0) Mar 27, 2012 Illinois

    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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  29. peteinSD

    peteinSD Initiate (0) Apr 25, 2010 California

    i have always liked the hair of the dog labels. very well done, eye catching, and memorable.
  30. DirtyPenny

    DirtyPenny Devotee (434) Jun 25, 2011 Massachusetts

    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

    FriarTuckInLuck Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2011 Arizona

    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)
  32. chanokokoro

    chanokokoro Champion (835) Jan 31, 2012 Illinois

    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).









  33. eugalc

    eugalc Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2010 Maryland

    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.
  34. Jake351

    Jake351 Initiate (0) May 4, 2012 Massachusetts

    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
  35. Jake351

    Jake351 Initiate (0) May 4, 2012 Massachusetts

    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)
  36. tjohn2401

    tjohn2401 Initiate (53) May 26, 2010 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    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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  37. LambicKing

    LambicKing Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2011 Germany

    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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  38. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Initiate (152) Apr 8, 2008 Washington

    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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  39. Mohican88

    Mohican88 Initiate (199) Jan 20, 2010 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    The new Ommegang Labels are fantastic, much better than the originals IMO.
  40. jeremy13586

    jeremy13586 Initiate (0) Apr 6, 2007 Pennsylvania

    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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