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.
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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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As the holidays creep closer the holiday parties and gatherings pile up and a few good glasses of beer are exactly what it takes to get through them all. Until the other day I hadn’t heard of small Chicago based Sauganash Brewing Co.. SBCo makes craft beers which are inspired by the windy city’s historic past and to celebrate the great brewing tradition in the area. The super rad branding and label design was carried out by Jack Muldowney.
Happy Beer Friday everybody! As the days grow shorter I find myself seeking solace in the warm embrace of a bourbon a little more frequently than in a tall chalice of suds. But my eyes still wander and in this case land on some great beer packaging. These Tin Roof cans were designed by Unreal and sport a nice simple outfit of bright color and simple clean type. They even seem to glow with luminescence when the condensation puckers up on their exterior.
Based in Duluth, Minnesota Canal Park Brewing Co. says they are “inspired by the unruly spirit that occupies the North and South shore of Lake Superior”. Their branding designed by Joyce is maybe a little more conservative than their ethos, but is still a nice bold and colorful face for their craft suds.
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Even though craft beer is always evolving the bottle designs and packaging for it have progressed very little during the same period. Japanese craft beer maker Ippon Matsu stands out sporting a stark minimalist design which hints at the natural ingredients within as well as classic Japanese beverage containers. Designed by Kota Kobayashi these striking bottles definitely standout on a shelf.
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Vintage beer cans are a total obsession of mine, and this poster designed by Dan Black of Landland incorporates beautiful illustrations of vintage beer cans and rad hand drawn type. The poster is a 4 color silkscreen print and was designed and printed for a performance by Eric Church at the CMAC Performing Arts Center.
For Beer Friday this week I thought it would be apt to give a shout out to what will definitely be my new favorite watering hole. Wednesday night Bell & Anchor opened to an enthusiastic group of close friends and family as the newest culinary foray by Mark Firth. Mark is best known in the food world as co-founder and partner at Diner, Marlow and Sons, and the other successful off shoots.
Together with his wife Bettina Schwartz, and chef Stephen Browning, Firth’s new Berkshire haunt will be offering a seasonal menu of hearty homestyle food. Distinctly farm to table, the focus is as much on the farmers and producers as it is on the guys in the kitchen. Great Barrington and the Berkshires have been incomplete without the rustic refinement of a place like this. The interior is finished in a variety of different woods and a mix match of farmhouse tables and chairs, deco stools, and vintage light fixtures that are everything but coordinated. The wood panelling in many of the rooms is from a cherry tree off the property of Mark’s farm in Monterey, MA. The warm tone circulates through the restaurant beaming off of the flushed smiles of people enjoying food, drink, and community.
If you are in the Berkshires this fall or winter make sure to stop in to Bell & Anchor located at 178 Main Street in Great Barrington.