Which brewing company has the best packaging design?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Ohio_Stevo, Feb 5, 2013.

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  1. Ohio_Stevo

    Ohio_Stevo Initiate (0) Feb 1, 2013

    I am a graphic designer. Yes I judge things by the cover but not exactly craft beer. I love packaging design and I have studied beer packaging over the years. What is your favorite packaging? Post a photo if you can. Mine is Great Divide Brewing Company. The names of the beers and packaging are colorful and fun!

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  2. djrn2

    djrn2 Poo-Bah (1,961) Nov 4, 2009 New Jersey
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    Jolly Pumpkin
    Lost Abbey
  3. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,439) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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  4. thereal

    thereal Initiate (145) Apr 20, 2010 Illinois

    I really dig the simple elegance of Goose Island's Vintage and Bourbon County lines.
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  5. tozerm

    tozerm Initiate (0) Jul 1, 2005 Washington

  6. klinger

    klinger Initiate (154) Oct 9, 2012 Ohio

  7. MikeEhrmantraut

    MikeEhrmantraut Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2012 Tennessee

    I'm digging Ommegang's new packaging.
  8. SeaOfShells

    SeaOfShells Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2011 California

    Ommegang has wowed me with their new labels, but I also like the cute fish on Ballast Point. Dorado, Sea Monster and Victory at Sea are all great looking labels also.
  9. ShemRahBoo

    ShemRahBoo Defender (604) Jan 28, 2010 New Jersey
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    Firestone walker, specifically mentioning because of the 4 pack design of double jack.
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  10. joeebbs

    joeebbs Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I really like the new labeling that Ommegang has recently put out

  11. taxman

    taxman Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2012 Illinois

  12. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada Meyvn (1,247) May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

    smuttynose labels are beautiful

  13. 4kbrianb

    4kbrianb Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2013 California

    on a flat out true design front; it is Great divide easily.. Ommegang coming in second. On an artistic, one of a kind type of label, I would vote for Pretty things or Jolly Pumpkin.
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  14. Nachos4two

    Nachos4two Zealot (555) Nov 26, 2011 Illinois
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    if were speaking of packaging not labels Id say one of my favs is MOAS
  15. joeebbs

    joeebbs Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I just realized how close in concept the Great Divide and Ommegang labels are.
  16. Chico_PT

    Chico_PT Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2012

    Life and Limb collaboration by Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada
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  17. VelvetExtract

    VelvetExtract Poo-Bah (3,284) Jan 10, 2010 Massachusetts

    Love the simplicity of Maine Beer Co. so I am going with that.
  18. Ohio_Stevo

    Ohio_Stevo Initiate (0) Feb 1, 2013

    You would.
  19. Ohio_Stevo

    Ohio_Stevo Initiate (0) Feb 1, 2013

    As far as silhouettes...yes.
  20. Guy-T

    Guy-T Initiate (0) Jan 21, 2013 Michigan

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  21. bleakies

    bleakies Devotee (400) Apr 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    I really like the present Uinta labeling. Nice consistent design sense applied in a variety of ways.

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  22. jebsinger

    jebsinger Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2012 Minnesota

    I really like the new brewery opening up in the twin cities designs... but then again i like the simple clean look

    and their logo


    havent tried their beer yet so we'll see what the beer tastes like when i can make it back home
  23. Maxwell

    Maxwell Initiate (0) Apr 2, 2012 Massachusetts

    Maine Beer, Pretty Things, and Notch Brewing in Mass all have awesome labels, IMHO.
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  24. Squatchito

    Squatchito Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2007 Virginia

    I second this, simple to be sure but they certainly leave an impression. +1 for Homunculus, which may have the most disturbing label I've every seen, sorry Clown Shoes.
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  25. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Aspirant (271) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    Gotta love Stone, sublimely self-righteous is one of the coolest labels I've ever seen
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  26. Jeffboyardee123

    Jeffboyardee123 Initiate (0) Apr 24, 2012 New York
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    I think Stillwater Artisanal has some bitching artwork


    Edit: Broken Bones Brewing has some awesome artwork too.

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  27. LeRose

    LeRose Meyvn (1,281) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts
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    True. Every time I see that Homunculus label I stare at it in a weirded-out kinda way. But it does get my attention, that's for sure.
  28. Stratoc100

    Stratoc100 Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2012 Illinois

    Many friends have commented on Anchorage Brewing Company's printed on graphics. No label, the crazy awesome graphics and unique beer discriptions ( almost poetry) are painted right on the bottle. Ex. Bitter Monk, Love Buzz, The Tide and its Takers
  29. Nachos4two

    Nachos4two Zealot (555) Nov 26, 2011 Illinois
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    By far Chicago own Pipeworks for label designs
  30. alexipa

    alexipa Devotee (439) Oct 7, 2011 Colorado
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    Odell is my favorite.
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  31. Dtapeski

    Dtapeski Initiate (152) Oct 26, 2012 Colorado

    I'm a fan of Boulevard's (especially the Seasonals and Smokestack series), but I might be swayed because the beer is so damn good.
  32. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I've said the same thing about GD more than a few times.
    They even have an easy to find/read/it doesn't seem to rub off space for bottled date.
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  33. paulytasker

    paulytasker Disciple (338) May 16, 2012 New York
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    Have always appreciated Rogue's presentations!
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  34. zach60614

    zach60614 Aspirant (210) May 1, 2012 Illinois
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    Looks like an Affliction t-shirt.
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  35. bnuno

    bnuno Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2011 California
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  36. JoeyDankNug

    JoeyDankNug Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2011 New York

    I like the simplicity of Maine beer and mikkeller has had some pretty awesome labels.i love the hand drawn ones like the 1000 ibu label was awesome.for cans I like 21st amendment and heady
  37. iKasey

    iKasey Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I love Lost Abbey's, which is funny because Port Brewing's is rancid.

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  38. leedorham

    leedorham Crusader (720) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    Upright has great artwork (not just the boobies)

    I really like this one

  39. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2012 Indiana
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    Three Floyds
    Pizza Port
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  40. Jeffboyardee123

    Jeffboyardee123 Initiate (0) Apr 24, 2012 New York
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    I cast another vote for Three Floyds, most any label done by tattoo artists gets my vote. Plus the new Weyerbacher labels that are rolling out are pretty good, the old ones looked like Corel Clip Art
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