Iconic beer labels

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by BWichmann74, Nov 4, 2019.

  1. BWichmann74

    BWichmann74 Initiate (81) Sep 27, 2014 Michigan

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    I was just enjoying a Celebration Ale and thinking to myself what an iconic label this has become.

    I know the colors have varied but the cabin and theme have remained the same for so many years (so far as I can remember).

    This made me think - what are your favorite craft beer iconic labels that have stood the test of time?
     
  2. beaulabauve

    beaulabauve Disciple (338) Aug 5, 2011 Louisiana

    At one time Sam Adams had some nice labels. Now they just keep getting worse and worse with each successive change. For that matter, so does Abita.
     
  3. rgordon

    rgordon Savant (983) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Wicked Weed packaging has been great from the beginning. The entire branding exercise was a brilliant success that was well thought out and ultimately very rewarding.
     
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  4. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (1,868) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    New fireplace/chimney in a different location? Or maybe the front and the back of the place look the same ("shotgun shack" style)? Either way, new windows...:grin:[​IMG]
     
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  5. BWichmann74

    BWichmann74 Initiate (81) Sep 27, 2014 Michigan


    Good call on the difference - I like the older windows as the two over two panes and three over three panes represent an older time. While I like the sled in the first image I prefer the raging fire evidenced by the pouring smoke in the second label....
     
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  6. Eddiehop

    Eddiehop Zealot (570) Jun 28, 2014 Texas
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    @jesskidden what was the first year for SN Celebration being brewed/packaged?
     
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  7. RaulMondesi

    RaulMondesi Poo-Bah (2,164) Dec 11, 2006 California
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    Logsdon’s labels are pretty sexy to me:
     
  8. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Poo-Bah (2,896) Jan 8, 2014 Ohio
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  9. teal

    teal Initiate (92) May 3, 2012 Wisconsin

    Probably depends on how you want to approach things but Founders Breakfast Stout always had a certain pull for me.

    Just always dug it.
     
  10. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,336) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    St. Pauli Girl and that one doesn't need an explanation.
     
  11. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,881) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    1981.
     
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  12. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,972) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Is a Pliny doesn’t make you smile your probably dead. Simple and elegant, really genius right there.
     
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  13. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,972) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Nothing better than a young lady squeezing into that dress with handfuls of beer. Winner for sure.
     
  14. Beer_Stan

    Beer_Stan Initiate (125) Mar 15, 2014 California
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    Iconic? Old Rasputin, Delirium Tremens, and St. Bernardus for me
     
  15. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,881) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Deschutes Jubel Ale. Different every year but the fantastic artwork makes it iconic.
     
  16. GeauxTigers13

    GeauxTigers13 Initiate (47) Apr 30, 2019 Maine
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    How has Heady Topper not been mentioned yet?!
     
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  17. AWA

    AWA Aspirant (263) Jul 22, 2014 California

    Can't go wrong with a baby with a beer. And awesome photo of Jerry Reed.
     
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  18. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,972) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    There’s so many great labels out there, but a simply Pliny is just utterly simple, and it’s really perfection. Sometimes simplicity can be overwhelming.
     
  19. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (6,420) Sep 24, 2007 Kyrgyzstan
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    Because, while it's certainly a great beer, its label leaves a lot to be desired.
     
  20. bassofthec

    bassofthec Initiate (93) Aug 7, 2008 California

    Hoppy Endings...J/K
     
  21. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (6,476) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Olde Bluehair from Big Sky brewing will always be my favorite. Love a brewery with a sense of humor.
     
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  22. AWA

    AWA Aspirant (263) Jul 22, 2014 California

    Arrogant Bastard Ale. Damn I love that cocky gargoyle.
     
  23. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Aspirant (227) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    The Abyss
    I would have said Union Jack but they recently ruined it
    Dale's Pale Ale
    SNPA
    Anchor Steam
     
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  24. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (6,420) Sep 24, 2007 Kyrgyzstan
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    I'm a bit partial to a beer from Skookum Brewery, Ambers Hot Friend:

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  25. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,972) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    I agree to a point. The dressing isn’t fabulous, but neither is a hot 22 yr old young lady wearing granny panties. But underneath , good god.... we know what there. I do like that sleek silver can because of the promise of what’s inside.
     
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  26. GeauxTigers13

    GeauxTigers13 Initiate (47) Apr 30, 2019 Maine
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    Haha that’s great! I think it’s iconic in its own fashion. Not the sexiest can per se, but to nc’s point, it doesn’t need to be flashy or incredibly creative to be considered iconic. The beer alone is iconic enough to bring the can design up to its level along with it
     
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  27. GeauxTigers13

    GeauxTigers13 Initiate (47) Apr 30, 2019 Maine
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    I would also add

    Hill Farmstead - Clover & Civil Disobedience
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    Tree House - Julius & Juice Machine
    Bissell Brothers - Swish
    SARA - West Ashley
     
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  28. JTW10

    JTW10 Initiate (57) Nov 25, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Not yet mentioned:
    Two Hearted
    Hopslam
    Dead Guy
    Yards Brawler

    This is kind of hard, a lot of classics have been rebranded for the worse.

    Iconically bad:
    The Brown Note
    Every iteration of Weyerbacher labels
    Drunk Egg Head Baby
     
  29. GOBLIN

    GOBLIN Meyvn (1,147) Mar 3, 2013 Ohio
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    The old Nugget Nectar label was pretty iconic. In fact Troegs used to have some of the sweetest labels around. Here are some others...
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  30. GOBLIN

    GOBLIN Meyvn (1,147) Mar 3, 2013 Ohio
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  31. readyski

    readyski Aspirant (250) Jun 4, 2005 California
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    The annual Our Special Ale from Anchor. Different tree (and spices) every year but similar label design.
     
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  32. Snowcrash000

    Snowcrash000 Poo-Bah (2,254) Oct 4, 2017 Germany
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  33. The_Kriek_Freak

    The_Kriek_Freak Poo-Bah (1,770) Aug 18, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Cantillon Gueuze 100% Bio (Belgian Label, not the one used in the US).

    It depicts underage drinking and public urination and full male frontal nudity. The fellows at the TTB probably lost their mind when they first saw it.
     
  34. WV_Charles_Homebrew

    WV_Charles_Homebrew Initiate (60) May 17, 2017 West Virginia

    Beat me to it. One of my favorite beers of all time and it was the label that initially piqued my interest. Not everyone buys into Stone's shtick, but it was brilliant at the time and still iconic. "You're not worthy!"
     
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  35. rozzom

    rozzom Champion (838) Jan 22, 2011 New York
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    Yeah was also going to say - despite recent going on - FBS.

    Others not yet mentioned would be Rochefort and Pannepot
     
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  36. Snowcrash000

    Snowcrash000 Poo-Bah (2,254) Oct 4, 2017 Germany
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    That's Manneken Pis on the label, one of the the most iconic landmarks of Brussels...

    Talking about Cantillon labels though, how about Rosé de Gambrinus, featuring *gasp* a naked woman, which has caused it to become censored in the USA, as well as other countries. A pair of cartoon breasts is totally unacceptable, of course :rolling_eyes:.

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  37. TrojanRB

    TrojanRB Meyvn (1,485) Jul 27, 2013 California
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    For your viewing pleasure

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  38. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (2,812) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    The newer BCBS labeling and bottles. I have to think that adds a bit of cost...

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  39. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (1,868) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    The image of the "Manneken Pis" statue has appeared on US labels (from COLA #06240000000035, August 2006):
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    TTB COLAs #18269001000084 and 18108001000580 dated 2018 exist for that label, cartoon breasts and all.

    As with the case of the above label, too, it's always possible that an individual US state(s) does prohibit it.
     
  40. Ranbot

    Ranbot Champion (888) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania
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    I've always really liked Ballantine's labels, particularly the three rings logo which is simple, distinctive and timeless. According Wikipedia they adopted the logo in 1879 and it still draws my eye; impressive considering how companies these days go through major rebrands every 5-10 years. I would love for Ballantine to make a comeback.
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