Breweries with the least and most professional beer labels?

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

  1. tozerm

    tozerm Initiate (0) Jul 1, 2005 Washington

    Curious if you are referring to the labels on the year-round beers or the limited releases like Triskaidekaphobia, Plant 1 Powerhouse IPA, Louis Quatorze, and the new Schooner Zodiac Kolsch?
  2. reykjavik

    reykjavik Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2011 Virginia

    I can't believe Great Divide isn't getting more love! Definitely my favorite labels, primarily because of their minimalistic style and consistency. Favorites include Hoss (love that plaid), Old Ruffian, and the Yeti clan, but they're all pretty much flawless.
  3. bsp77

    bsp77 Poo-Bah (1,895) Apr 27, 2008 Minnesota

    But the baby has man hands
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  4. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,246) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    One more benefit of beer for breakfast (granted, your daughter might not be crazy about it).
  5. match1112

    match1112 Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2011 Illinois


    Gotta go local for nice lookin labels. I like it when the brewery uses the K.I.S.S. method on their labels and lets the beer speak for it's self.
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  6. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Crusader (736) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    You can't tell a book by its cover; you can't tell a beer by its label - so why bother?
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  7. Jfriz25

    Jfriz25 Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2012 Wisconsin
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    I've always thought New Glarus and Central Waters both have average/cheap looking labels considering their beers are mostly terrific.
  8. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Poo-Bah (2,265) Nov 28, 2008 Illinois
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    Worst Labels ever Minhas of Monroe, WI....Worst beers ever...Minhas of Monroe!
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  9. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,196) Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Talk about KISS, this is as good as it gets. Great simple but effective label.
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  10. DevilsCups

    DevilsCups Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2010 New York

    Paper choice for the label helps a ton, I think. If it were a normal, plastic like label it wouldn't be effective. That rough, textured paper really looks great.
  11. damngoode

    damngoode Aspirant (294) Sep 22, 2010 Indiana
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    I actually thought the BA Naked Evil labels were an improvement!
  12. adroberts01

    adroberts01 Initiate (0) Jun 7, 2011 Kentucky

    Yeah, the frog wasn't there...
  13. Jason

    Jason Founder (8,083) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts
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    All time least professional due to looking so fake ... failure before the beer was even brewed.

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  14. tewaris

    tewaris Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2009 Minnesota

    Is this for real? Never seen 'em.
  15. Jason

    Jason Founder (8,083) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts
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    I don't think they made it past the handful of test market cities they sent it to ...
  16. litheum94

    litheum94 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2008 California

    My worst/favorite right now is Knee Deep, specifically Hoptologist. I used to think it was corny as hell and didn't like it, but now its grown on me and I actually like it.
  17. WYVYRN527

    WYVYRN527 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2007 Minnesota

    When was this? I slightly remember these being in the Twin Cities market for a very short time.
  18. Jason

    Jason Founder (8,083) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts
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    2008, same year they were launching their MGD 64.
  19. WYVYRN527

    WYVYRN527 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2007 Minnesota

    I do remember these! They were out, and some customers were irate when they disappeared.
  20. incutrav

    incutrav Initiate (0) Jan 16, 2007 Minnesota

    I think Twin Cities were a test market for them, i recall seeing them around as well.
  21. Stinger80OH

    Stinger80OH Crusader (717) Nov 11, 2011 Ohio
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    Best Art Reflecting Product Sold: Great Lakes Brewing Company
    Best Overall Designs: Flying Dog, DFH
    Most Professional Looking: GI, The Bruery, FW, Alesmith
    Ugliest: Magic Hat
  22. tozerm

    tozerm Initiate (0) Jul 1, 2005 Washington

    Just out of curiosity, are you referring to the traditional labels on the year round beers or the new special releases like Triskaidekaphobia, Louis Quatorze, Plant 1 Powerhouse, or Schooner Zodiac Kolsch?
  23. BeerNDoggerel

    BeerNDoggerel Zealot (500) Mar 13, 2011 Illinois

    Flossmoor Station and Two Brothers are very professional, as are Boulevard's.

    My all-time favorite is no longer used: the previous Crooked Tree IPA label--very zen.
  24. WassailWilly

    WassailWilly Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2007 New York

    Best labels Anchor Christmas BY far !!!
    Worst anything Magic Hat does ...including the BEER inside !!
    Plain but awesome Bruery
  25. Diotima

    Diotima Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2013 Wisconsin

    i always thought new glarus had terrific labels. nice quality paper and good subtle art.
  26. stealth

    stealth Defender (607) Dec 16, 2011 Minnesota
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    I can't stand the Weyerbacher labels. That damn comic sans-like font.
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  27. mcrago

    mcrago Aspirant (281) Oct 6, 2012 Indiana

    Why does everyone think it's a baby? I don't see a baby at all, plus it doesn't make any sense that it's a baby....
  28. Diotima

    Diotima Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2013 Wisconsin

    it has baby proportions. an adults head wouldnt be that big.
  29. mattsander

    mattsander Zealot (549) Feb 3, 2010 Alberta (Canada)
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    Pliny the Younger - Comic Sans

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  30. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2013 New York

    great label and great beer
  31. SudsDoctor

    SudsDoctor Aspirant (214) Nov 23, 2008 New York

    Had to resurrect this thread after visiting the Hoof Hearted website today. Absolutely appalling across the board. :grimacing::angry:
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  32. zeff80

    zeff80 Poo-Bah (6,211) Feb 6, 2006 Missouri

    I love my local guys, Logboat.

  33. SLewis

    SLewis Aspirant (225) Jun 17, 2014 North Carolina
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    I actually hate their labels. I understand the appeal of the artist, but they just don't look professional.

    The older Sierra Nevada labels have to be the best with the square ribbon outline before the went to what they have now.
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  34. jzlyo

    jzlyo Poo-Bah (1,544) Mar 4, 2012 Iowa

    Best is New Glarus, simple but good.

    Alltech Lexington (Kentucky) because, although the label designs are fine, I've never seen a bottle that didn't have the label starting to peel off.
  35. Cottontown201

    Cottontown201 Initiate (84) Nov 16, 2013 South Carolina
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    Greenbrier Valley, coming on strong!
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  36. brewme

    brewme Aspirant (243) Mar 1, 2014 Massachusetts

    Interesting topic, and some funny labels / designs. Of brews I drink...

    *2 Paws Up: Smuttynose, Finestkind; Clown Shoes, Space Cake; Central City, Red Betty; Wormtown, Be Hoppy; CBC, Flower Child; Founders Breakfast Stout

    *Stinky Litter Box: Newburyport, Green Head IPA; Jack's Abby, Hoponious Union; Grey Sail, Captain's Daughter; Mayflower, IPA; Oskar Blues IPA
  37. turbotype

    turbotype Aspirant (277) Nov 5, 2013 California
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    +1 for the K.I.S.S. method. Let the brew speak for itself. :wink:

    Notable packages for me. Fairly plain and simple

    Maine Beer Company
    Firestone Walker Vintages
    Russian River
    Duvel Moortgat
    Never had it, but Rolling Meadows packaging is up my alley.
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  38. Treyliff

    Treyliff Poo-Bah (3,072) Aug 10, 2010 West Virginia
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    Least professional has to be Maine Brewing Co. Modern times if pretty boring as well.

    For best label I have to go with my home state WV brews....
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  39. Treyliff

    Treyliff Poo-Bah (3,072) Aug 10, 2010 West Virginia
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    Great minds! :grinning:
  40. BrokenEdge

    BrokenEdge Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2015 Pennsylvania

    What a cool thread. I'm an aspiring graphic designer so I love analyzing beer labels.

    Favorites: Stone - Love the screen printed labels, the gargoyle, the lengthy messages on the bottles (especially the Arrogant Bastard series), the bottle caps, everything just looks badass.

    Sierra Nevada - Primarily the Pale Ale can. That super crisp green and yellow! But they all just have a very classic and timeless appeal.

    Smuttynose - Love the mascot and all the personal stories behind the animals and people photographed.

    Flying Dog - Some of the names are a little childish, yeah, but I like the art style and how cohesive all the designs are while still being so different from one another.

    Ommegang - Another timeless looking label, very classy.

    New Belgium - Again, keeps a consistent art style going throughout. Their bottles are easy to recognize and very aesthetically pleasing when they're all grouped together on a shelf. Nice, snappy logo that's instantly recognizable too.

    Yuengling - Yeah, yeah, I know. But I love the Americana look of the traditional lager in particular. I especially like the look of the 24 oz cans.

    Least Favorites: Against the Grain - Most are flat out ugly, but I especially hate the label for The Brown Note. Just...gross.

    Green Flash - Their logo looks like something whipped up in Word Art in 5 minutes. And labels art is practically non-existent. Just the names of the beer printed diagonally across with a garish color in the background. Ugh.

    Bells - As much as I love their beer, some of their designs are butt ugly. I would love to get some Two Hearted merch but that ugly ass there's not much consistency.

    Lagunitas - So many different fonts on one label, words going everywhere, ugly's just too much.

    Weyerbacher - Gotta go with everyone else and gang up on these guys. I found some old labels of theirs online and they've actually improved a ton, yet they're still horrible. The font choices are terrible and they just look so cheap.

    Sixpoint - As much as I love the beer and the slim cans, the actual can design is off putting. Looks like an energy drink. The non-silver cans look snazzy (Resin and Global Warmer come to mind) but I hate the silver ones.
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