Here in New York over the past few years we have seen a large shift back to the grand hotels of the past. Places like the recently opened The Marlton Hotel fit into this category and in addition to adding beautiful accommodations to the texture of the city they bring a wonderful hospitality too. The lobby, restaurant and most importantly the bar are wonderful places to pause and catch a bit of relaxation or have a casual meeting. Whether you have just in Manhattan or if you simply find yourself looking for a good place to grab a beverage in the West Village I highly recommend stopping by The Marlton Hotel.
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Well lets clink some glass because its f’ing Friday. No need for a flashback. I am more in the mood for a blur forward. So lets all raise a bottle, glass, tumbler or any type of vessel your dram is best enjoyed from. Here is an awesome set of bottle designs by the always inspiring Jon Contino for Volga Beer.
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Well we love jotting down notes and ideas, and of course we like eating and drinking local. So the “Drink Local Series” from Field Notes is a brainer for us. Head over to their site and get your own. If there are any left. Depending on your preference of drink and color they come in quite a few different combinations like Ale and Lager, Amber Ale and India Pale Ale, and my favorite Pilsner and Bock. Grab your preferred writing implement, a pack of these and hunker down for a few rounds at your local watering hole of choice. Also make sure to order something brewed or distilled less than 25 miles away.
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My mom has always collected things, which included matchbooks, postcards, coasters and a bunch of other far more mundane things. So I definitely inherited an appreciation for a well designed coaster.
This new Kickstarter project launched by Jordan Mummert plans to produce a small line of coasters(6 to begin with) called Beer Press, which features distinct and beautiful letter-pressed designs. The typography and copy on each and every one is really smart and clean with a nice level of intricacy, which highlights the care and quality with which they are printed.
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Church of the Atom is a Gothernburg, Sweden based brewery which was conceived at the hands of master-brewer and a creative director. That may sound like an odd couple to some people, but in the beer realm it is exactly the type of team you need. They subscribe to a “nanostyle” approach to brewing and their releases are named curiosity, insanity, progression, craft and humor. Their beers feature interesting and unique flavors not frequently associated with beer which include tropical fruit, fresh herbs, spicy things and even smoked berries. Unfortunately for us this beer doesn’t seem to be imported to the states yet, but keep your eyes peeled. Good things have a tendency to get here sooner or later.
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I have been taking a break from drinking for a while now, so posting things for Beer Friday seems a little humorous. In the light of that I thought this cheeky beer packaging concept designed by Peter Jostrand would make a perfect post. Prescription Beer builds in strength as the week progresses leading towards Sunday the day of rest.
Summer is the season of beer festivals. Maybe its refreshing feel of those cold suds on a blistering day or maybe its just the best time of year to surround your self with great people and taste some delicious brews. I am super keen on the identity Maddison Graphic designed for the Elysian Beer Festival in Cambridgeshire, UK.
Ever wonder what the inside of a small batch microbrewery looks like? Well here’s your chance. The Evening Brews, an awesome English beer blog has shot this rad little behind the scenes clip at London’s Kernel Brewery. Visiting a brewery is always a great experience especially in the summer. Escaping the sweltering heat in a nice cool warehouse with some refreshing cold ones.
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We should all hope that the weather this weekend cooperates so we can all enjoy a nice fresh Longadalsa white ale, or something similar. Let’s all raise a glass to Nicolai Bashkirev and his inventive packaging design for this beer.
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Michael Kiser of Good Beer Hunting talks about and shares with us some great shots of the holistic process behind the beer at Solemn Oath Brewery in Naperville, Illinois. Similar to any other craft manufacturer or skilled laborer with a focus on the end product, the folks at SOB are focussed on each element of the process, from the ingredients they use, to the bar top in their tap-room, and on to the logo their beers wear out into the world. This video was made for Issue 1 of Apartment Number 9†, a new editorial project by the Chicago based menswear shop.
Swedish Sav Snaps and Sav Sparkling are two birch based libations, the first is a distilled liquor made through a process of distilling the sap and the second is a sparkling birch based wine. The recipes were sourced from historic archives from the 1700s and embody the vibrance and illustrious past of spirits making in Sweden. The bottles and packaging design for Sav was completed by Swedish studio Stockholm Design Lab.
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Designer Kashiwa Sato is a well renowned Japenese graphic design who has worked for brand such as 7 Eleven, Honda, Olympus and tons more. Sato is best known for his work for the clothing brand and stores Uniqlo, which originated in Japan. I recently found the Source Series, which is a project by Korean designer Wang Zhi Hong documenting the work of great designers. Of course the pieces of work that caught my eye the most were Sato’s work for Japanese brewery Kirin.
Whenever I go out for Soba, Udon, or Sushi, Kirin is definitely one of my favorite accompaniments to the meal. Their beers are always fresh and crisp with a clean finish. Sato’s work for them fits a similar and very Japanese style. He channels an amazing amount of clean grid based design while hinting at some classic Japanese motifs and design elements. While the can designs he created are rigid and minimalist to a fault some of his print collateral balances that with a more chaotic and wild approach.
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Matthew LaFleur is an insanely talented illustrator and also happens to have quite a knack for home-brewing. Each individual batch of his creatively crafted suds dons a label which he has made especially for that selection. Ranging from growlers and large jars of thick stout to funky recycled glass bottles of ale all of his illustrations attempt to embody both the contents inside and his own style of drawing.
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Maria’s Packaged goods & Community Bar first opened its doors in 1986 and has ever since been a neighborhood staple. It replaced Kaplan’s Liqours which had occupied the same location in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago since 1939. The package store and bar features a stock and menu chock full of unique craft beer selections. In advance of opening their own brewery in the neighborhood Maria approached Michael Freimuth to design a comprehensive branding for the shop. The identity included lots of the expected components such as logos and type lockups, but it all started to get really cool when they began working on original beer packaging. The resulting designs feature a simple bottle labeling system that is them paper wrapped and stamped with a logo and hand scribbled with bath information. Not only is this solution really cool, but it also fits the small neighborhood vernacular that Maria’s embodies.
Cobra Wit is co-branding project between danish brewery Halsnæs Bryghus and Galleri Liisberg. The design for this limited edition belgian wheat beer was completed by Engelbreckt and really embodies their clean modern approach to design. The beer itself has hints of coriander and orange peel and was made to promote and exhibition at Galleri Liisberg by CoBrA movement.
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Boquébière Microbrewery has some really beautiful new labels from Output Design. The packaging features some really nice classic vernacular that hints at the area where the beer is made and bottled.
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A little more than a month after returning from an amazing two week ski trip in Colorado I am missing the crisp dry mountain air and the fresh local suds. Part of my trip was spent in and around Aspen and I imbibed more than my fair share of beer from Aspen Brewing Company’s fine offerings. So last week when I stumbled upon some great designs for them by Jeremy Elder you can imagine how all my great memories from my trip came pouring back. The bottle designs pictured here are for two special edition releases from ABC, their Temerity barrel-aged series and some of their seasonal offerings.
UK based design consultants Blue Nectar created, in collaboration with a local brewery Blue Nectar’s Number 1. The creation is a unique ambery ale which as a beer and product embodies exactly what BN strive to deliver for their clients on every project. Creating compelling brands and fitting them into some beautiful packaging. This packaging sports some seriously custom features including embossing, waxed caps, and brushed aluminum medallion on the bottleneck to name a few.
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After a little hiatus for the holidays and a short ski trip we are back to posting. What better way to say a proper hello than with a nice refreshing sudsy beverage. Grupo Ingenio designed these nice simple labels for craft beer company Maier.
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Swedish design studio Bedow really pulled together some amazing elements for their label designs for the seasonal line of beers by Mikkeller. Using heat sensitive labels and minimalist graphics and typography they were able to show the transitions that happen during each individual season. Pictured above and below is Autumn. Winter, Spring and Summer are shown after the jump. I have only encounter this sort of interactive or change related label design a few times, but this is by far the best executed.
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