Archive for Beer Label Reviews

Ruination IPA – Stone Brewing Co.

Beer Label Reviews on September 17th, 2012 No Comments

The gargoyle is a key branding element for Stone Brewing Company, it appears on all their beers. The gargoyle is badass by any measure, but when you start research the historical context of a gargoyle you can see why this creature is a perfect guardian for the bottles of Stone. Gargoyles are rooted in architecture […]

Brooklyn Lager – Brooklyn Brewery

Beer Label Reviews on August 28th, 2012 No Comments

A big B and star studded. The famous Milton Glaser designed this label, or at least his company designed it. You may know some of his other work like the “I [heart] NY” campaign and the Bob Dylan poster that was done for Columbia Records.  Few labels stand out on the shelves like Brooklyn Brewery’s […]

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Hennepin – Ommegang Brewery

Beer Label Reviews on August 18th, 2012 No Comments

Belgium beers are kind of uncharted waters for me, so the fact that this label has plenty of details for best enjoyment is nice. The serving temperature lets me know to take this beer out of the fridge a bit before I drink it and the “bottle conditioned” reminds me to get myself a glass […]

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Fuller’s ESB – Fuller’s Griffin Brewery

Beer Label Reviews on July 31st, 2012 No Comments

Since London is hosting the Olympics I thought it only fitting to review a British beer label.  Fuller’s ESB proclaims that it is a ”Champion Ale” with some graphics of gold metals to support this claim. No, these metals are not Olympic Golds, but rather represent the winning of CAMRA’s (Campaign for Real Ale) Beer […]

Bad Phil – Three Barrel Brewing Company

Beer Label Reviews on July 19th, 2012 No Comments

Who the hell is Bad Phil? Not sure, I never tasted the beer and I never heard of the brewery, but the rooster looks like he means business. England is kind of known for naming there pubs after animals, particularly roosters. “The Cock and Bull” and “The Cock and Bottle” and “The Golden Cock” are […]

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Shark Pants – De Struise Brouwers and 3Floyds Brewing Company

Beer Label Reviews on July 9th, 2012 No Comments

This 3Floyds/De Struise Brouwers label seems to be out of production, but it’s such a funky concept I had to do a short review. Sharks are badass. Gorillas are badass. Gorillas wearing shark pants with rainbow suspenders are the ultimate in badass-ism. The gorilla has “#1 Dad” on his belt buckle, perhaps letting you know […]

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Somersault Summer Seasonal – New Belgium

Beer Label Reviews on June 20th, 2012 No Comments

It’s summer time, and the livin’s easy. Since our thermometers have shot up I thought it would be appropriate to review a summer ale label. New Belgium is the third largest craft brewer in the U.S. but you never really see it on the East Coast. Kudos to the New Belgium Brewery for this simple […]

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My Antonia – Dogfish Brewery

Beer Label Reviews on June 11th, 2012 No Comments

The nice thing about the big 750 ml bottles is that you get the benefit of a larger label. This label caught my eye in the shelves because it really has a touch of class. I really like the juxtapositions on this label. The plaque has an elegant shape but is made from rough textured […]

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Founders’ Pale Ale – Founders Brewing Company

Beer Label Reviews on June 4th, 2012 No Comments

This label has caught my eye many times because of it’s use of a painting by Alphonse Mucha. I’m not going to pretend I am well versed in Alphonse Mucha’s work, but I did recognize this artwork because of a royalty-free Art Nouveau collection I used to design with back in the day. This painting […]


Smuttynose “Finestkind” IPA – Smuttynose Brewery

Beer Label Reviews on May 29th, 2012 No Comments

A picture is worth a thousand words and this one speaks to me.  Okay, the typography in this label is nothing to write home about, but this label has a strong concept. No pretension in this beer, how could it? These two old timers tell you straight up what you are about to enjoy. “India […]