Breweries with the least and most professional beer labels?

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

  1. BOBPINCH666

    BOBPINCH666 Initiate (0) Feb 21, 2011 New York

    Best? Kuhnhenn. [/thread] Some honorable mentions, though…

    • Bullfrog
    • Cantillon
    • Fantôme (only on occasion, though…)
    • Molen
    • Struise

    Worst? Midnight Sun.

    The most "credible"? Hill Farmstead & Maine Beer (+ Southampton's special releases)

    The most pretentious? The Bruery & Goose Island
  2. BOBPINCH666

    BOBPINCH666 Initiate (0) Feb 21, 2011 New York

    + Allagash Coolship(s)!
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  3. DSho

    DSho Initiate (0) Sep 6, 2011 Florida
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    Agree with all those, love HF labels! I'm a big fan of most of the Upright labels.
  4. BOBPINCH666

    BOBPINCH666 Initiate (0) Feb 21, 2011 New York

    Woops! I almost forgot… NEW 3F LABELS (e.g. Papyrus…)
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  5. mikehblack

    mikehblack Initiate (117) Feb 10, 2010 California
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    Understated/Awesome: Deschutes Reserve series
    Classic/Nostalgic: Sierra Nevada and Anchor
    Coolest Theme: Stone gargoyles
    Ugly: Coney Island/Hebrew, Lost Coast
  6. WYVYRN527

    WYVYRN527 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2007 Minnesota

    My favorite labels are from Cantillon. Least favorite? Central Waters, but the beer is so damn good!
  7. TaxDork

    TaxDork Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2010 California

    I totally agree on Lost Coast, I've always found their style kinda embarrassing.

    I've always been a big fan of North Coast's labels though. No central art style, but they always make something that cleanly matches the style of the beer.
  8. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Savant (958) Mar 17, 2009 Washington
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    The Brooklyn 750ml bottles and Narragansett's cans are great. Hill Farmstead's packaging is one of my favorites too. I like presentation and consistency across the whole brand. Those Half-Acre lables look more like album artwork than an identifiable brand.

    The worst ones are definitely from Russian River. I can't really tell if they are a joke or not though. Short's and Weyerbacher are terrible too.
  9. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (2,096) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    My favorite looking labels are Bud Kiing of Beers, Papst Blue Ribbon and Anderson Valley.

    Red Hook's are so dull and boring. I don't really care for Flying Dog. Love the attempt to use authentic artwork but that artwork just isn't pleasing to my eye. Looks like a very disturbing and upsetting bad acid trip and the names are always gimmicky.
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  10. CircusBoy

    CircusBoy Initiate (0) Mar 10, 2008 Ohio

    Goose Island labels are awesome but my favorite are Jolly Pumpkin. I save 1 empty of each bottle and have them displayed on the shelf because they look like pieces of art sitting there.
  11. NWer

    NWer Crusader (715) Mar 10, 2009 Washington
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    Worst labels from around here in my opinion are Lazy Boy.
    They sure would do a lot to improve their image if they got rid of that little shit on their bottles.

    Most artistic: Snoqualmie
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  12. abraxel

    abraxel Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2009 Michigan

    I love Hill Farmstead -- they're very clean, minimal, bold, well-designed, and appealing. I like whatever silkily matte paper they use for the label, too. Whatever designer came up with their labels deserves an award.

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  13. CircusBoy

    CircusBoy Initiate (0) Mar 10, 2008 Ohio


    I think the 8 Wired labels look good too. I purchased the iStout simply because it looked badass.
  14. beerme411

    beerme411 Initiate (0) Sep 28, 2010 California

    I've only had 1 JP Noel de Calabaza I bought it half because I wanted to try Jolly Pumpkin and half becuase of the jack'o lantern in a santa hat. I have the empty bottle sitting on a shelf its the only bottle I've kept I'll get a La parcela in the fall
  15. tewaris

    tewaris Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2009 Minnesota

  16. hoplover888

    hoplover888 Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2010 Illinois

    3Floyds and Dark Horse could use better glue...does that count for worst quality when they fall off the bottles?...unless you homebrew, of course.
  17. billandsuz

    billandsuz Disciple (315) Sep 1, 2004 New York

    nice topic for a lazy day. here are our pics.

    Worst looking labels: Ithaca. yeah, it's not cool to shit the local, but i'm sorry, their "Spirit of The Finger Lakes" face is clearly the result of a a well meaning spouse. creepy too.
    Most professional: Anchor.
    Best Pin-up art: agreed. Middle Ages Double Wench. twice the tits as Wailing Wench. i like tits. you?
    Most embarassing beer to bring home to have your wife see: Suz is, at this point, un-embarassable. see above. maybe.
    Best Comic Book art: He'Brew. Sword Swallower? Coney Island? these are classics. not bad beer either.

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  18. Thickfreakness

    Thickfreakness Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2010 New York

    Best: Bruery, Goose Island, Adirondack, FW, Southampton, White Birch, DFH
    Worst: Hoppin' Frog, Stone, Rogue, RR, St. Arnold, Weyerbacher, Harpoon (all great brewery's... just horrible art work!)
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  19. Jake351

    Jake351 Initiate (0) May 4, 2012 Massachusetts

    Labels that are "Most likely to look like the interior illustrations of the 2nd Edition Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual: ->Stone Brewing" (Love their beer, obviously)

    "Beautiful labels that are Paperless, but part of the Bottles"-Mystic brewery (I don't want to throw out the bottle when I'm done, those of you who have seen this will know!)
  20. imbrue001

    imbrue001 Aspirant (216) Aug 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Laziest bottlecap/logo design: Green Flash

    Stillwater has some pretty cool looking labels
  21. mike409

    mike409 Aspirant (220) Jan 25, 2012 Michigan
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    Pipeworks and green flash have some bad ass labels and old boys kinda suck
  22. WeaponTheyFear

    WeaponTheyFear Aspirant (240) Mar 9, 2008 Connecticut

    I'll just mention New England Brewing because just like my homebrew labels, I like em stupid and funny.
  23. Heidelberg7

    Heidelberg7 Initiate (0) Sep 13, 2008 Illinois
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    Def some of the best picking up some Daisy Cutter today
  24. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,138) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Good: Unibroue, FW, GREAT Lakes
    Classics: Weihanstephener, Anchor, Sierra Nevada
    Sloppy Garbage: Butternuts, Flying Dog, Lost Coast
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  25. mulder1010

    mulder1010 Meyvn (1,019) Aug 29, 2008 Australia

    My Favorites:
    Odell---- simple and well done. Cutthroat Porter is excellent.
    Half Acre--- Just fun to look at
    Bruery and Cantillon---- Cantillon is close to art I think.

    Worst---- Mikkeller and anything in Australia. Boring and just boring. Older Wild Thing bottles were cool though
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  26. emilystrikesagai

    emilystrikesagai Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2011 Illinois

    Not a "label" but 21st Ammendment's can's are beautiful.
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  27. jlordi12

    jlordi12 Devotee (417) Jun 8, 2011 Massachusetts
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    I drink Narragansett tall boys on the train ride home all the time for similar reasons.
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  28. jlordi12

    jlordi12 Devotee (417) Jun 8, 2011 Massachusetts
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    They aren't that cool to look at, but I like whatever kind of paper Lagunitas puts on its 12 oz bottles.
  29. Prospero

    Prospero Savant (951) Jul 27, 2010 Colorado
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  30. MaxSpang

    MaxSpang Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2011 Ohio
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    To name a few...
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  31. Prospero

    Prospero Savant (951) Jul 27, 2010 Colorado
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    A bad local one.... I hate courier font for some reason, looks like it was done on a typewriter... and MS Paint.

  32. creez

    creez Initiate (0) Mar 9, 2012 California

    Most professional/classy - Allagash, Bourbon County

    Most rustic - Caldera, Sierra Nevada

    Best beach inspired designs - Left Coast

    Has potential/could use improvement - Russian River
  33. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (637) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    They're not labels per se, but I vote for Stone for best labels. The artwork is amazing and there's something to read besides.
    Worst labels - Flying Dog. The labels are a mess and so is the beer.
  34. tobelerone

    tobelerone Poo-Bah (2,142) Dec 1, 2010 New York
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    I don't quite have the time at the moment to go through all of my favorites and least favorites but I'll say:

    1. I must be the only one who didn't hate the old Weyerbacher labels. They're not great but they didn't bother me. The new ones look worse to me, I hate the weird pyscho clown logo and those merry monks are disturbing. Not an improvement. Stuff like Riserva looks fine to me.

    2. Kuhnhenn 4d is pretty cool looking.

    3. Thanks to knifestyles I just had my first 668 and Chardonneighbor brews...awesome funny ass labels...and names.

    4. RR labels are pretty odd (sanctification/redemption/supplication...hmmm).

    5. jolly pumpkin are very nice.

    End transmission.
  35. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Meyvn (1,126) Mar 1, 2009 California


    I love how the hop's eyes are all rolled in the back of his head...
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  36. BrownNut

    BrownNut Devotee (428) Jul 11, 2011 Florida

    I think Nogne O's are perfect from a branding standpoint (not from an artistic one). Classic, iconic, simple, infinitely re-colorable and reconfigurable mark that pops on the shelf from otherwise stark, clean, and yes somehow Scandinavian supporting design elements. Simply from a design and aesthetic standpoint, they are a grand slam as far as product packaging goes. It doesn't hurt that the stuff inside measures up and is top notch.

    Hoppin' Frog looks like it was made in MS Word using default clip art, shapes, WordArt, and some mismatched default fonts in floating transparent text boxes with various default formatting. Just awful. They could do something so iconic with, say, a profile silhouette of a jumping anatomically correct frog in an empty circle or in front of the moon or something. Time to hire a graphic designer and rebrand.

    One of the guys who shows up on a number of the Rogue labels reminds me of the bad guy gang leader Curly Bill in the movie Tombstone, which gives me negative feelings about them. He was a baaaad baddie. But the beer inside redeems it.

  37. Jake351

    Jake351 Initiate (0) May 4, 2012 Massachusetts

    Would be funny if the heads of the Beer companies who contract graphic designers should read this thread..
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  38. Mavajo

    Mavajo Zealot (572) Feb 10, 2007 Georgia

    I'm lazy, so I'm just going Best/Worst.

    Best: Goose Island, Firestone Walker
    Worst: Weyerbacher
  39. Beercub

    Beercub Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2007 Massachusetts

    Worst looking labels: Three Floyds, Alchemist
    Most professional: DFH
    Best Pin-up art: Smuttynose
    Most embarassing beer to bring home to have your wife see: Budweiser
    Best Comic Book art: Flying Dog

    Minimal: Westvleteren
    Hidden: Element (wrapped in paper)
  40. HopsJunkiedotcom

    HopsJunkiedotcom Initiate (0) Dec 24, 2010 Florida

    Effing's HORRIBLE and EVERYWHERE. I literally refuse to walk into any business using papyrus on their signs, flyers, pamplets, or vehicles. Uggh.
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