Breweries with the least and most professional beer labels?

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

  1. NWer

    NWer Crusader (715) Mar 10, 2009 Washington
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    ??? OK, I'm a little slow. What are you talking about?
  2. gothedistance

    gothedistance Aspirant (219) Jul 23, 2009 South Carolina
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    Papyrus is the font
  3. gothedistance

    gothedistance Aspirant (219) Jul 23, 2009 South Carolina
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  4. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Pretty Things has the best labels I have ever seen. I don't know if that makes them professional or not, but I think they are tremendously well done.
  5. bebbcorp

    bebbcorp Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2010 Kansas

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  6. bebbcorp

    bebbcorp Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2010 Kansas

    Best bottle labels I've seen would have to be three floyds.
    Best can labels would have to be tallgrass brewing.
  7. WestValleyIPA

    WestValleyIPA Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2009 California

  8. MaxSpang

    MaxSpang Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2011 Ohio
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    A couple more lovely labels:



    Sexy stuff
  9. JohnnyTightLips

    JohnnyTightLips Initiate (0) May 30, 2009 Illinois

    I often wonder how many end up displaying their Cantillon bottles on a shelf after consumption, just too pretty of a label to dispose of.

    There's also something about the Churchill's Finest Hour label I find appealing. Also the name as well.
  10. sjverla

    sjverla Devotee (490) Dec 1, 2008 Massachusetts

    I know someone said Mikkeller was bad. However, their 19 is gorgeous.

  11. Bryan

    Bryan Initiate (0) Feb 29, 2012 Michigan

    Several of the Michigan breweries have gone through a redesign in the past year, including Darkhorse, Kuhnhenn and Arcadia. I really like what Arcadia has done:

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  12. TWStandley

    TWStandley Crusader (738) Jan 15, 2008 Massachusetts
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    I like these from Night Shift Brewing (a relatively new nano-brewery with some delicious beers I might add)....
  13. donunrue

    donunrue Aspirant (204) Feb 4, 2011 Kentucky

    To me the simple, clean, classic look of Yuengling Light Lager cans are iconic.

    I also enjoy the Paulaner labels because, well I'll just go ahead and say it, lounging in a robe quaffing huge tankards of beer is about as good as it gets O.O
  14. trginter

    trginter Aspirant (275) Dec 1, 2008 Michigan
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    I'm glad someone mentioned Arcadia. They hired someone a few years ago and he's since changed most of the artwork and they really look great I think. Much better than the old.

  15. crafty24

    crafty24 Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2011 Virginia

    Worst label IMO is Heavy Seas. Looks like a 2nd grader made those labels. Good beer though.

    Sidenote: Six Point and others of the like drive me insane with their beer packaging that doesn't tell you what type of beer it is. I'm not spending 10.99 on a 4-pack of mystery beer. Why can't breweries just label their beer for what it is? Sometimes trying to be too cutesy can backfire. Rant: over.
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  16. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Aspirant (295) Aug 17, 2005 Oregon
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    My vote for best double entendre goes to Flat Tail for their Mustache Rye'd Red. I'm still amazed they got label approval for it.

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  17. NWer

    NWer Crusader (715) Mar 10, 2009 Washington
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    Silly me. I thought it was paper. Thx.
  18. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (2,096) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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  19. Bobheed

    Bobheed Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2010 Texas

    The Bruery and Firestone Walker have some damn classy labels. My personal favorite though, is Dogfish Head's 750s, some are really, really nice. As far as bad, Cigar City makes some pretty God-awful labels, specifically the 4-pack sleeve for Cubano Style Espresso. Shit looks like a 5th grader clipped it together on MS Paint
  20. Prh27

    Prh27 Initiate (0) Apr 24, 2012 Virginia

    I think the labels should be the least of their concerns. I'm not impressed by their beer at all.
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  21. gothedistance

    gothedistance Aspirant (219) Jul 23, 2009 South Carolina
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    I'd second that.
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  22. crossovert

    crossovert Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2009 Illinois

    Most: Weihenstephaner
    Least: Russian River belgian style bottles.
  23. BeerMaverick

    BeerMaverick Initiate (175) Dec 14, 2010 Massachusetts
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    I'm gonna go with Blue Hills for the crappiest looking labels.
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  24. GoGators

    GoGators Crusader (752) Aug 5, 2010 New Jersey
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    I agree, Flying Dog Labels are tired and overdone. And more importantly, they all are too similar. You should be able to look at a bottle (or 4/6 pack) and know the beer you are looking at, but most of the FD artwork and beers are indistinguishable from each other unless you pick up the bottle and inspect it closer. I like a lot of the DogFish Head Artwork (Olde School, Fort, 75 Minute, Burton Baton). Cigar City has some cool labels also.
  25. Rollzroyce21

    Rollzroyce21 Meyvn (1,028) Oct 24, 2009 California
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    Likes: Bruery, Jolly Pumpkin

    Dislikes: Lightning, Highwater, Weyerbacher

    Never had Clown Shoes beers, but those labels look pretty cool. Makes me think that the beers will taste good.
  26. notchucknorris

    notchucknorris Poo-Bah (1,910) May 28, 2010 California
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    Favorite has to be the Deschutes Reserve series labels. The Bruery a close second. Shark Pants with the honorable mention.
  27. cmannes

    cmannes Disciple (379) Mar 15, 2009 Minnesota
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  28. Dope

    Dope Poo-Bah (2,384) Oct 5, 2010 Massachusetts

    Mystic has some pretty classy bottles:


  29. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Poo-Bah (2,078) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    Best: Odell
    My Favorite: Big Sky
    Worst: Ska
    Honorable Mention: New Belgium
  30. Heidelberg7

    Heidelberg7 Initiate (0) Sep 13, 2008 Illinois
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    I remember that Whitsun label it was like a bad 80's Florida vacation Flyer
    Lucky the Beer was good
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  31. trginter

    trginter Aspirant (275) Dec 1, 2008 Michigan
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    My favorite:

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  32. Slamminson

    Slamminson Initiate (28) Mar 24, 2012 Washington


    Yeah, Dark Horse is ummmm.... Corel Draw 4?


    I like Elysian's Idiot Sauvin.
  33. poopinmybutt

    poopinmybutt Initiate (84) May 25, 2005 Nebraska

    jolly pumpkin and new belgiums are beautiful

    i saw the anchorage bottles for the first time recently and i think those are pretty awesome too (and the beer as well)
  34. philly224

    philly224 Aspirant (216) Jan 30, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    Love that label! Don't love whats inside the bottle lol.
  35. bpgpitt10

    bpgpitt10 Aspirant (287) May 12, 2008 District of Columbia
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    King Henry is my absolute favorite label ever. No one can call it overly minimalist, but it is still incredibly classy.​
    I also like New Belgium doing the print directly on the bottles (like on the Lips of Faith series). Pretty cool. ​
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  36. FlamingMoe

    FlamingMoe Initiate (160) Jun 21, 2008 New York
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    I agree with much of what's already been said, so I'll just throw in another 'good' into the mix:
    Sixpoint. Solid, clean graphic design, with lots of info on the can. I like their entire packaging too. 4 tall boys in a cardboard cube container. Really makes the brand pop out.
  37. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,306) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    Except for noting a beer style and the actual city in which it's brewed and packaged (Wilkes-Barre, PA, at their "alternating proprietorship of The Lion's brewery). I do like the NYC skyline barcodes, tho'.
  38. BigTomZ

    BigTomZ Initiate (0) Apr 14, 2009 Virginia

    Most professional in my opinion would be Goose Island. To me those simple labels say "we're confident in our product".

    Least professional in my opinion would be Dark Horse or Weyerbacher.
  39. FlamingMoe

    FlamingMoe Initiate (160) Jun 21, 2008 New York
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    Touche. I think it is a bit shady of them to act like they can in Redhook.
  40. ncaudle

    ncaudle Defender (602) May 28, 2010 Virginia
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    really loving the Hardywood Park Reserve Series labels:





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