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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Ohio_Stevo, Feb 5, 2013.
i agree three floyds pretty much makes everyone else look bad.
this thread leads to the obvious alternate thread.. worst package design.. (i'm sure both of these have been done before but hey)
for me personally the beer always comes first, but i do appreciate good design. if the two go together it's perfect.
personally i think Firestone's labels are pretty generic, but they have some of the best beer out there. definitely not worst.
my pick for best beer with worst labeling is Ballast Point. sorry. i'll probably get shit for this, and their are exceptions (Victory at Sea is pretty cool), but their design is... not my favorite
At the risk of sounding like a complete hater, as someone who's trying to get more into beer label design (have done a very little) I sometimes find threads like this a little discouraging... So often so many mentions that I just completely disagree with. I realize there's always going to be some personal taste involved, but I sometimes see things posted that I consider some of the worst. That being said, I'm sure some people would feel the same way about some of my favorites or some of the stuff I've been working on.
There are definitely some picks I agree with in this thread, though. To mention some that others haven't...
Bad beers, but Ballistic Brewing's labels/holders are nice, if not a little generic at this point.
Almanac's are wonderful.
I like Hangar 24's new look.
Possibly my very favorite.
And some other good stuff.
Don't expect that to last long. They're very clearly on the upswing, as most breweries are.
Avery is a favorite. FFF, DFH, Oskar Blues
that's another exception. i love that label! actually one of the few beers i kept the bottle just because it was so unusual
Gotta give some props to flying dog for the fantastic art.
Although their beer is hit and miss with me, I cannot recommend enough this year's batch of Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout.
Also need to recognize 21st Amendment for their cans and packaging.
Terrapin designs some great labels as well.
Yet another graphic designer here. I'm glad to see that some of my favorites are getting some love: Odell, Great Divide, Sixpoint, Hilliards, North Peak, and the recent redesigns for Uinta and Ommegang. I also like some of the labels for the Deschutes Reserve Series, especially The Dissident (one of my all-time favorites). And I can only wish that The Stoic had turned out to be as good as the label.
Other good ones:
Crooked Stave Batch No. 1:
Perennial's labels are hit-and-miss, but Abraxas and Black Walnut Dunkelweisse are terrific:
Red Brick core brand redesign by 22Squared:
The HUB Belgian Ale series by Jolby & Friends:
Almanac beers (meh beer, great labels):
Links for design geeks:
TBD Advertising (packaging designs for Odell, Deschutes, and 21st Amendment):
Tenfold Collective (identity/package design for Uinta and Grimm Bros.):
Hopsecutioner is pretty cool!
Favorite is Bruery - timeless and elegant
I've always loved the look of RR's and The Bruery's packaging. Revolution brewing has some cool labeling, also.
I'm a big fan of the new No Li bottles. Screen printing on bottles is so awesome!
Those New Glarus R&D labels are incredible.
The lost abbey, delirium tremens and nocturnam ( sucker for pink elephants i guess!), the lucky Buddha beer has a pretty sweet shaped bottle!
Pipeworks' first post with the Ninja vs Unicorn displayed and I knew I was going to like their style.
See, I'd put them pretty much at the very bottom of the barrel. Both in design and names (and especially that beer in particular). Right there with Clown Shoes. Both make great beer and they don't have to take themselves seriously all the time or anything, but they're just so bad.
I love the Midnight Sun's labels:
Almost none of those do anything for me except the dissident label. I'm much more musically-oriented than visually-oriented, but I'm not visually retarded. As you succinctly pointed out, personal taste is involved. Most of those aren't to my taste.
Russian River no contest... Everyone loves comic sans
Unibroue. Fantastic labels and the beer is even better. Highly recommend Maudite if you come across it.
Jester King has a really nice label.
I think Russian River wins the award for the biggest discrepancy between the quality of the beer and the quality of the packaging.
I really like the uniformity in labels that keep the same design but add suttle art changes or colors like hill farmstead, the crooked stave wwb series, the bourbon county line and the regular dogfish head line. Plus I like the look and feel of paper labels.
Im a big fan of Ralph Steadmans art for Flying Dog with Gonza being my favorite
And Bruerys nice. Classy and sophisticated. I even enjoy the material they print their labels on. that smooth, glossy lable is nice
damn, that's sexy! hope this is the new overall label design for their beers.
Mystic Brewing from Cambridge, MA.... I don't love their beer because it is mostly saisons, but what amazing bottles.
The Hill Farmstead logos are nearly iconic now.
Really interesting to see everybody's perspective on design. Of course the beer taste is important! Thanks everyone!
This thread is great because I have found some good beers I didn't even know about! Some even taste good too i bet hha. I remember when I was younger I walked in to bevmo and bought bottles pretty much just based on the bottle design.... needless to say most of them tasted like crap. but I trust you guys!
more importantly.... who makes these magnificent beers!? Does that say East End? please tell me they taste amazing also![quote="
Possibly my very favorite.
I am a sucker for Goose Island labels.
Perhaps it is because I love all things HF, but I think their labels are top notch. Clean and elegant.
My opinion is that a label also has to be somewhat functional. I find it annoying to see a label that doesn't immediately identify the brewery or the product. Not that I don't like the art, I just think the functionality needs to be kept in mind. Yes - you get familiar with label styles over time, but it can get confusing sometimes since some of the art is pretty similar. I don't personally care for Flying Dog's art (or the beer) but there's no doubt which products are theirs. HF logo was mentioned as approaching the icon status. So's the dogfish and others. Creates the clear connection with the customer.
I think Clown Shoes does a good job blending art with function, as does Lost Abbey. I am a blatantly biased MA resident, so I will also cast a vote for Jack's Abby as having attractive, simple, clean, clear labels with an icon in waiting. The new Ommegang labels, while some people don't like them, create a unified look for Ommegang across all the "flavors" that might help them stand out a little.
I always thought the Bruery labels were quite nice.
..Anchor Brewing's are pretty cool too
---- "Pliny the Elder's" label is Sweet !
- that's a one of my Fav Porters too.