Which brewing company has the best packaging design?

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  1. JoeyDankNug

    JoeyDankNug Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2011 New York

    Terrapin labels are good too
  2. seakayak

    seakayak Disciple (354) May 20, 2007 Massachusetts

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  3. BrutalSusan

    BrutalSusan Initiate (109) Dec 13, 2011 Texas
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  4. Giovannilucano

    Giovannilucano Devotee (452) Feb 24, 2011 New Jersey

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  5. MrKsBeer

    MrKsBeer Initiate (0) Mar 31, 2009 Massachusetts

    Terrapin has some of the best graphics I've seen. Got a sweet shirt from them at Beerfest a couple years ago that an ex stole from me. I was more upset about losing the shirt than the girl!
  6. JoeyDankNug

    JoeyDankNug Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2011 New York

    Hopzilla wrecking palates from Athens to Tokyo!....it doesn't get much better than that
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  7. jman005

    jman005 Aspirant (256) Jan 21, 2013 Kentucky

    Three Floyds for sure.
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  8. jmccullough108

    jmccullough108 Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 Missouri

    I like odell.

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  9. johnkale

    johnkale Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2009 Wisconsin

    Not Dark Horse.

    I don't know, it's a lot easier to find ugly label design in craft than it is to find pleasing design. I do like what CW has done with its limited releases recently and the old school socialist in me loves the Revolution logo (oh the irony), but in general I feel like a lot of the old BMC brands (the ones that don't have their logos fucked with) have the nicest looking designs. Blatz, Hamm's, PBR, Natty Bo all have great looking labels, which might explain how they manage to sell any beer (that and price point). It also seems like every time High Life gets a packaging redesign it looks better and better (who is their design firm? how do they do it?) So many of the designs that people are lauding here are busy as all hell, and cartoons don't really sell me on beer, give me something clean, with a minimum of text and two or three colors that make a strong impression.
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  10. johnkale

    johnkale Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2009 Wisconsin

    These are really well done while still feeling like pretty current design.
  11. Omensetter

    Omensetter Aspirant (256) Nov 24, 2012 Minnesota
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    I like New Glarus's template approach. Some of Bell's are pretty great.
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  12. BarrelAgedBarry

    BarrelAgedBarry Aspirant (265) Feb 27, 2012 Minnesota
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    Good call on the 612!
  13. ScaryEd

    ScaryEd Meyvn (1,477) Feb 19, 2012 New Hampshire

    Clown Shoes.

    Absolutely stupid name, but their packaging is almost always good.
  14. nquigley16

    nquigley16 Disciple (363) Sep 18, 2012 Massachusetts

    I'm also a graphic designer and I also really like great divide's stuff, simple and eye catching. It does lack room for change though IMO, they're kind of stuck on the same formula every time, they're good looking labels, but get a little boring.

    I am a big fan of Stone bottles, not so much their year round releases, but a lot of their limited stuff I love, Ruination 10th and 16th Anniversary, for example. Those are both really well done.
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  15. teorn88

    teorn88 Initiate (146) Jun 5, 2010 United Kingdom (England)
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  16. KevSal

    KevSal Savant (968) Oct 17, 2010 California
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  17. Texsuds

    Texsuds Aspirant (286) Jan 22, 2013 Texas
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  18. hopstetrician

    hopstetrician Initiate (0) Mar 22, 2012 New York

    I second the artist labels. As a huge Gonzo fan, I have to go with Flying Dog's Ralph Steadman labels. Mediocre beer, unbelievable labels.
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  19. hopstetrician

    hopstetrician Initiate (0) Mar 22, 2012 New York

    Simplicity be damned, Gigantic's labels are quite eye catching as well.

  20. kmello69

    kmello69 Defender (618) Nov 27, 2011 Texas
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    Not my photo, but beautiful none-the-less.

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  21. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,043) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina
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    These guys...no question:

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  22. jtg5678

    jtg5678 Aspirant (210) Nov 27, 2012 Illinois
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  23. Andygirl

    Andygirl Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 Michigan

    I love Great Divide, even the paper choice. My current favorite is Hitachino Nest Beer.
  24. sir-knifes-alot

    sir-knifes-alot Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2012 Colorado

    Have to agree with the other two that said Odell. Awesome labels
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  25. PeterJ

    PeterJ Initiate (69) Dec 5, 2012 California

    My favorite might be Nogne-O. Beautiful and simple.

    But the Rose de Gambrinus label is pure awesome.
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  26. Giantspace

    Giantspace Defender (670) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I love packaging as well. I don't really consider the bottle/label a package. I guess it technically is but I am thinking more along the line of a box etc. I do not like 21st amendment boxes but that is what I think of when I hear packaging.

  27. dachshunddude86

    dachshunddude86 Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2012 Florida

    Westvleteren (just not that castle grey skull monstrosity they released in the us)
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  28. TheGoldsmith

    TheGoldsmith Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2013 Missouri

    Love Odell's logos, but I was especially pleased with their new one on Lugene chocolate milk stout, almost more than I liked the beer!
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  29. smo

    smo Initiate (0) Apr 11, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    For me it's Three Floyds, here are some of their new labels from BeerPulse. I also like 21st Amendment can art.



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  30. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,293) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    Add another one for Odell.
  31. jkn09

    jkn09 Aspirant (241) Oct 17, 2012 Texas

  32. frankthetank86

    frankthetank86 Initiate (0) Dec 24, 2012 New York

    i love heady toppers one and only logo.
  33. jrbchef

    jrbchef Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2011 Connecticut

  34. kp29

    kp29 Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Arizona

    Anything other than Flying Dog...The labels are a real turn off for me especially the old scratch amber. And just realized the person above me loves it haha. Different tastes.
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  35. ezperkins2

    ezperkins2 Aspirant (298) Jan 3, 2011 California
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    I have to vote for Lost Abbey
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  36. MarkJBurch

    MarkJBurch Initiate (0) Jun 24, 2012 Pennsylvania

    The guy who designed this,


    Also designed this,


    I also dig these guys...


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  37. MCDub

    MCDub Aspirant (289) Dec 17, 2009 North Carolina
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    Also a graphics designer. Austin Beerworks: Bold, Crisp, and Clean.
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  38. MCDub

    MCDub Aspirant (289) Dec 17, 2009 North Carolina
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    Also a fan of Maine Brewing Company. I like Simplicity
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  39. Thickfreakness

    Thickfreakness Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2010 New York

    Jester King for sure! I love the modern/classic feel to all of them.
  40. Ozzie1111

    Ozzie1111 Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2013 New Jersey

    Agree with Great Divide and Flying Dog...

    Also a big fan of TROEGS designs as well....
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