April 17, 2011 | 3 Comments
Designed by Sanyukta Kothari | Country: United States
“The dessert beer is called Un Peu, French for ‘a little’, which is exactly how an indulgence like this should be. It is bottled in small and slender 180 ml (6.3 fl. oz.) bottles, rather than the standard stubby 12 fl. oz. bottles, a size carefully chosen based on the unusual product category. It is also packaged in 2-packs, rather than 6-packs, as it is not boisterous frat-party beer meant to be consumed in giant quantities, but dessert beer, that calls for a more sophisticated and intimate drinking experience. Like a special date, with a close friend, or over fine conversation late into the night.
Drawing from the rich, warm colour palette of the Moulin Rouge and the ostentation, the label graphics depict the heady crescendo of flavours in the beer. The type is inspired by the French Art Nouveau typography of the late nineteenth century, and has been re-drawn and embellished to fit the modern context. The 2-pack has been designed to resemble a bag (similar to wine gift bags), perfect for gifting.”
April 15, 2011 | No Comments
Designed by Timothy Batterham | Country: Australia
“Courthouse Brewery is an extremely small, family run brewery run out of the old Courthouse situated in Dalgety, NSW. While currently only brewing reasonably small batches for distribution amongst family and friends, the brewery has the capabilities of brewing on a far larger scale for commercial sale. The brewery wanted to create branding that could be used across all of their products as a generic label for the beer they brewed.
My solution was some branding that was, for convenience, printed on packaging tape, and could be cut and fitted to the individual bottles or to boxes of the beer for storage or distribution. I designed a generic label that could be used across all of their different brews and filled in individually or with another label in case they ever felt the need for the extra information for sale or storage purposes.
The branding concept was designed to communicate the same “fill in the blanks” idea that the labels were based on. This idea also communicated the kind of personal attention given to each batch of beer they make and shows the personal love and care this family has for their brewing.”
April 12, 2011 | 3 Comments
Designed by Studio Alexander | Country: New Zealand
“The WilliamsWarn is the world’s first personal brewery. It produces commercial quality beer, chilled and straight from the tap in just 7 days. The packaging images were for the range of Liquid Malt Extract sold in conjunction with the machine. The idea behind the design was to carry through the aesthetics and simplicity of the machine with a premium feel.”
April 11, 2011 | 3 Comments
Designed by Parallax Design | Country: Australia
“Vale Ale was developed to position the beer from one of Australian’s premier wine regions as a completely new, contemporary and different brand to the category norm. To quickly get noticed, Vale Ale had to claim its own brand space immediately. It is now joined by Vale Dry, and McLaren Vale Beer Company is the fastest growing beer company in Australia.”
April 9, 2011 | 3 Comments
Designed by Redthumb | Country: The Netherlands
“Brouwerij ‘t Ij is an independent microbrewery, based under a windmill on the side of a canal in Amsterdam, that has become a firm favourite with beer lovers and locals. With a range of 10 strong, mostly organic beers, the brewery has built a reputation for down-to-earth quality, with a quirky, eccentric character. The brewery worked with Redthumb, a small independent branding agency, to turn the look of their range from it’s amateur-looking past through to a new look – reflecting the quality in the beer without losing it’s ‘quirkiness’. The brief was to make the labels work better, look better, and feel better, all without scaring off the brands fanatical followers, and keeping it’s Amsterdam accent.
The new design manages to bring the labels forward without compromise, changing every single element whilst still remaining familiar and authentic. It’s down-to-earth, strong and simple, without taking itself too seriously.The new labels use a new printing process developed with print consultancy Confer which gives a paper-label feel to the plastic label used by the brewery, and also allows a barcode without the need for a separate back label.
The name Brouwerij ‘t Ij means ‘The Ij Brewery‘ – Ij being the name of the body of water at Amsterdam’s waterfront. Phonetically ‘Ij’ also sounds identical to the dutch word for egg.”
April 8, 2011 | No Comments
Designed by Archrival | Country: United States
“What good is beer without packaging? We spent many a night designing the Lucky Bucket packaging for their family of brews. Plenty, and we mean PLENTY, of hands-on research was conducted to get to know these fine beers and bring them to life. From shelf to cart, Lucky Bucket was made to be the life of the party.”
April 1, 2011 | 5 Comments
Designed by St. Bernadine Mission Communication Inc. | Country: Canada
“Great Western Brewing Company, from Saskatoon, Canada, enlisted St. Bernadine to develop a new, premium Canadian Pale Ale for the domestic market. The brewery was founded in 1989 by 16 employees, who fought to save their jobs when a merger between Carling and Molson threatened to close the plant. They bought the brewery, and went on to win many international awards for their beer. Over twenty years later, this new beer is a tribute to the original 16 founders of Great Western Brewing Company, and the spirit, passion and dedication they have brought to brewing the best beer possible.
Premium cues include refined typography, ample white space, and silver metallics with gold accents. Initial market reception is extremely favourable.”
March 23, 2011 | 6 Comments
Designed by Tank | Country: Norway
“The brief: Mack’s number one-product, Arctic Beer, was changed from being a standalone product, to a series including Light and Ice versions. The client wanted a modern and young look with similarities from the predecessor – while at the same time being something new and fresh.
The solution extends and simplifies the elements that were the mainstay of the identity, but with more emphasis on the brand name and the cold freshness. The arctic purity, the clear and fresh water it is made of, and the brewery being the worlds northernmost, is the very base of the concept. It shows off in the clear blue color and ice sharp arrow that points you in the northern direction. It is freezing cold. It is refreshingly tasty. It is Arctic Beer.”
March 5, 2011 | 2 Comments
Designed by Sell! Sell! | Country: United Kingdom
“Last year our good friends at Fentimans came to us with the idea of launching an alcoholic ginger beer. They are the masters of the genuine ginger beer, and were pretty unimpressed by the fake, wine-based or flavoured lager ginger beers that were on the market. They knew that they could make a proper alcoholic ginger beer, the traditional way, slow-brewed with ginger from scratch.
They asked us to help them bring it to life. We were all quite wary about calling it Fentimans, because they didn’t want to cause any confusion between an alcoholic brand and non-alcoholic. So we set about making a new brand for this new drink. We found the story of John Hollows. John was a son-in-law of Thomas Fentiman, the company founder. He was given his own ginger beer factory to run, and produced the drink under the name Hollows and Fentimans. We also found out that they used to sell their ginger beers in the famous grey hens (stout stone jars) but with a signature blue stopper.
February 20, 2011 | 4 Comments
Designed by Designworks | Country: New Zealand
“The new Single Source lager is a single minded brand that heralds its own craft process. A uniquely New Zealand batch-brewed beer, it is unswervingly true to the land and the people from which it originates. Like the resulting flavour, the design needed to embody its real character, integrity and undeniable class.
The design approach was to place the product at the fore – the idea of ‘The journey of creation’ is the story of creating a beer that fits the brewer’s exacting ideals. The name Single Source is the process – hand picking, the beer’s traceable origin and craftspeople, the bottle as a protector, the signature line as the human imprint on the beer’s creation.
We honoured this rich brand story through every facet of the packaging. The black bottle adds to our objective of preserving freshness but it also allowed Single Source to look different within the beer category, gave shelf appeal and provides a striking counterpoint to its label. The signature Monteith’s silhouette was retained to ensure Single Source sits within the Monteith’s family of beers, but by using a black glass bottle we are protecting the contents from light and heat (black bottles are ten times better at protecting the beer than green bottles) to retain the beer’s unique characteristics.”