Breweries with the least and most professional beer labels?

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

  1. adroberts01

    adroberts01 Jun 7, 2011 Kentucky

    One of the worst has to be Hoppin' Frog Brewery.
     
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  2. tozerm

    tozerm 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?
     
  3. reykjavik

    reykjavik 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.
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  4. bsp77

    bsp77 Apr 27, 2008 Minnesota

    But the baby has man hands
     
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  5. jesskidden

    jesskidden Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    One more benefit of beer for breakfast (granted, your daughter might not be crazy about it).
     
  6. match1112

    match1112 Mar 2, 2011 Illinois

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    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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  7. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood 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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  8. Jfriz25

    Jfriz25 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.
     
  9. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT 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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  10. Kadonny

    Kadonny 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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  11. DevilsCups

    DevilsCups 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.
     
  12. damngoode

    damngoode Sep 22, 2010 Indiana
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    I actually thought the BA Naked Evil labels were an improvement!
     
  13. adroberts01

    adroberts01 Jun 7, 2011 Kentucky

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

    Jason Founder Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts
    Staff Moderator Site Editor Fest Crew Subscriber

    All time least professional due to looking so fake ... failure before the beer was even brewed.

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  15. tewaris

    tewaris Jul 14, 2009 Minnesota

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

    Jason Founder 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 ...
     
  17. litheum94

    litheum94 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.
     
  18. WYVYRN527

    WYVYRN527 Jan 8, 2007 Minnesota

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

    Jason Founder Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts
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    2008, same year they were launching their MGD 64.
     
  20. WYVYRN527

    WYVYRN527 Jan 8, 2007 Minnesota

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

    incutrav Jan 16, 2007 Minnesota

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

    Stinger80OH 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
     
  23. tozerm

    tozerm 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?
     
  24. BeerNDoggerel

    BeerNDoggerel Mar 13, 2011 Illinois
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    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.
     
  25. WassailWilly

    WassailWilly Sep 8, 2007 New York

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

    Diotima Jan 9, 2013 Wisconsin

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

    stealth 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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  28. mcrago

    mcrago 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....
     
  29. Diotima

    Diotima Jan 9, 2013 Wisconsin

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

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

    CONTEST OVER
     
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  31. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Jan 11, 2013 New York

    great label and great beer
     
  32. SudsDoctor

    SudsDoctor Nov 23, 2008 New York

    Had to resurrect this thread after visiting the Hoof Hearted website today. Absolutely appalling across the board. :eek::mad:
     
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  33. zeff80

    zeff80 Feb 6, 2006 Missouri

    I love my local guys, Logboat.
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  34. SLewis

    SLewis 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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  35. jzlyo

    jzlyo 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.
     
  36. Cottontown201

    Cottontown201 Nov 16, 2013 South Carolina
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    Greenbrier Valley, coming on strong!
     
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  37. brewme

    brewme 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
     
  38. turbotype

    turbotype Nov 5, 2013 California
    Beer Trader

    +1 for the K.I.S.S. method. Let the brew speak for itself. ;)

    Notable packages for me. Fairly plain and simple

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

    Treyliff 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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  40. Treyliff

    Treyliff Aug 10, 2010 West Virginia
    Beer Trader

    Great minds! :D
     
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