After a long week in the studio nothing compares to the feeling of grabbing a refreshing pint as soon as the clock strikes beer o’clock—even more so if it’s poured from a beautifully designed bottle. To satisfy the design appetites of beer aficionados across the globe we’ve selected 20 amazing beer brand identities to drool over.
From the wacky illustrations of Scandi breweries Mikkeller and Omnipollo to the paired back minimalism of German beer Shilling (no relation to us) there’s design styles for all persuasions. We’ve even chucked in the experimental ‘Shower Beer’, a collaboration between Swedish brewery Pangpang and Stockholm based agency, Snask and branding from our very own Shillington teacher George Simkin for Bullfinch Brewery.
So crack open a cold one and be inspired by 20 amazing beer brands.
Hailing from the exceedingly cool city of Copenhagen, Mikkeller have some of the most recognisable branding ever to have graced the surface of a beer container. Using the brewery mascots ‘Sally & Henry’ along with other effervescent characters it’s clear that designer Keith Shore has an absolute blast with every label he creates. Let’s just say, post consumption—it’s definitely the sort of packaging you’d opt to adorn your shelf with rather than chucking in the recycling.
Manchester based brewery Cloudwater have gained familiarity for their ‘collage’ effect labels. Textbook Studio are the designers to thank for this one and we can’t wait to see what they come up with next. Our students at #ShilloMAN are especially inspired by the Northern Brewery—check out recent graduate Harry Pemberton’s take on the Cloudwater Brand.
3. Camden Town Brewery
Here’s one for the avid typography fans thanks to Studio Juice. Camden Town Brewery use lively sign-writing inspired display type to make their products scream from the shelves. The design wizardry doesn’t end with the visual brand identity either—Camden Town Brewery’s website is a place of wonder, teeming with enlightening beer info and even soundtracks to pair with each blend.
Tottenham based Beavertown are absolutely killing it with their intricate doodles by illustrator Nick Dwyer. What’s better to gaze at while slurping down a delicious craft ale than zombies, skeletons and ray guns? Nothing, that’s what.
Swedish Brewery Pangpang collaborated with creative overlords Snask to answer all our pre-drinking prayers. Shower Beer is not only a phenomenal concept but the design and visual brand identity are exquisite. With a traditional glass bottle and stylish typography, Shower Beer is surely a highly coveted item for any packaging lovers’ collection.
Dutch beer Vrolijkheid fulfils all our typesetting dreams. Probably the only packaging to highlight hidden characters it embraces the hard return symbol to produce a simple yet striking label. The clean coloured strip sealing the cap provides the perfect note to balance the overall design. Hats off to the design team at Typical Organisation for this one.
Nothing says alcohol like a paper bag. Norwegian beer Talas brings a sense of mystery to their brand identity by shrouding the bottle in a curious piece of newsprint. With a concept rooted in community spirit the paper is covered in stories from the local community to read whilst enjoying the drink. What’s perhaps most intriguing about Talas’ brand identity is the typeface inspired by bottle openers. As Anti, the studio behind the design puts it; “Talas is a beer that opens more than just the good conversation.”
8. Swansea Homebrew Club
While it sounds like it’s fresh from the Welsh Valleys, Swansea Homebrew Club is actually from Toronto, Canada. Underline Studio have done a fantastic job here—using delicate lines to form illustrative markings on the labels, surrounding bold capital letters, indicative of the beer’s blend. The wax covering over the cap provides an ornate traditional feel yet still maintaining an overall contemporary vibe due to the minimal aesthetic. Extra points for the hidden message ‘SIP’ too.
9. Fort Point Brewery
You’d have to of been living under a rock not to have seen the wonder that is the Fort Point beer branding. A fond favourite on design blogs since it launched, it’s pure packaging gold. From the satisfying colour palettes, to the geometric illustration style it scores tens across the board. Thank you Manual, for bringing this wonderful creature into our lives.
The appropriately named Shilling is a solid choice for all the minimalists out there. This branding strips things back to basics with a traditional brown glass bottle and string label attachment. A design just as easily at home in a country pub as it is a city craft bar. Props to German based branding agency Moodley for this one.
11. London Fields Brewery
If you’ve been to a Shillington Graduate Exhibition in London you’ve likely had more than a few of these delicious offerings from Hackney based London Fields Brewery. The sleek black bottles designed by The Plant are perfectly offset with quirky repeat patterns—reminiscent of the hoppy goodness inside.
12. The Five Points Brewing Co
Beer—tick, Design—tick, Cats—tick. The Five Points Brewing Co have well and truly got our attention with their cans for London festival ‘Field Day‘. Fusing their regular brand identity by Kate Lyons with that of the popular London music festival to create some fantastic beer packaging.
Alec Doherty’s illustrations are already an absolute pleasure to gaze at. Throw in the delicious liquid from the good people at Partizan and you’re on to a sure winner. Every label is licked with Alec’s eccentric drawings making each bottle a unique piece of packaging to hold.
14. The Omnipollo
Who needs labels anyway? Swedish brewery The Omnipollo take their branding way left field with a series of image led bottles. Blending sheer minimalism with trippy illustrations they forgo the traditional style beer label in favour of a brand identity that’s or something a tad more individual. Handiwork from the very talented Karl Grandin.
15. Noam Lager
Noam Lager is worth a mention for its choice of bottle alone. This sophisticated branding from esteemed agency Acne, oozes class with a sparsely designed label and bold, confident logo. The obvious choice for any bourgeoisie event.
16. Western Herd
It’s a fact that miniature farm animals improve any situation. Western Herd brings a modern design twist to the countryside with their beautifully simple branding by Vincent Casey.
We may be slightly bias with this one as it showcases the skills of our wonderful part-time teacher George Simkin but we’re crazy for the block type and lively illustrations on Bullfinch Brewery’s branding. Head over to George’s website to see more and read about his custom typeface Smután!
18. Cargo Brewery
This is literally award winning beer brand identity design. New Zealand agency Makebardo took away the Bronze in the Best Design Awards 2016 for their sensational branding of Queenstown brewery, Cargo and we can definitely see why. The simplicity of the design is endlessly satisfying with the opulence of the bronze foil giving it that little touch of class. Perfection.
19. Sample Brewery
20. Vocation Brewery
We absolutely love these wood-engraved style cans from Vocation Brewery. The illustrations embody a traditional tattoo feel with pirate-esque vibes thrown in for good measure. Head to the designers behind the cans at Robot Food to watch a video all about the branding job in its entirety.
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