25 Beers with Great Label Art Slideshow
January 17, 2012
400 Pound Monkey, Left Hand Brewing Company
Described by the brewery as "an English-style IPA that separates itself from the ubiquitous bunch," there's no denying that the elaborate, eye-catching label helps it stand out in the crowd.
Hell Hath No Fury Ale, Bell's Brewery
For such a serious-sounding name, the graphic on the label looks like something straight out of the newspaper's funnies section.
Atlantic IPA, BrewDog
The label for the Scottish craft brewery's Atlantic IPA features a custom drawing from a young local designer named Johanna Basford. The intricate and detailed nautical-inspired design is meant to depict the story of how the ale casks were matured on a boat at sea.
Sorachi Ace, Brooklyn Brewery
Just like the fantastic, buttery, lemony beer itself, the playing card label on this Brooklyn Brewery favorite is all aces.
Scotty Karate Scotch Ale, Dark Horse Brewing Co.
The Marshall, Mich.-based brewery's scotch ale was inspired by and named after a local one-man band specializing in "honky tonk-influenced, punk country songs." And by the looks of it, Scotty seems like a fun guy.
Ara Bier, De Dolle Brouwers
Given that "De Dolle Brouwers" translates to "the Mad Brewers," it seems only fitting that their label art be so fun and whimsical.
Hop Henge IPA, Deschutes Brewery
If you've ever wondered what Stonehenge looks like through the lens of beer goggles, you might want to check out the label of Deschutes Brewery's Hop Henge IPA.
Chateau Jiahu, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
The label design for Dogfish Head's Chateau Jiahu ancient ale is as intriguing as the story behind the brew itself. Mostly, though, we like the art because it seems like a unique departure for the brand.
Raging Bitch Belgian IPA, Flying Dog Brewing
The Frederick, Md., brewery is known for its aggressive, dynamic watercolor and ink-style label art, designed by gonzo artist Ralph Steadman. Like it or not, there's no denying it's a real attention-grabber.
Gandhi-Bot Double IPA, New England Brewing Co.
OK, so it's not technically a label, but you have to admit that New England Brewing Co.'s can art featuring a Gandhi robot doing "the robot" is pretty cool.
Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale, Lagunitas Brewing Co.
The retro pinup girl art seems like a smart choice for a beer called Little Sumpin' Sumpin'.
IPA, Odell Brewing Co.
We love the stylized, retro poster feel of Odell Brewing's labels, especially the one on their classic IPA.
Sur Munk Sour Ale, Mikkeller
The punk vibe of the simple line drawing (combined with the fact that it's on a pink background) makes the label on this sour ale from the cult favorite Danish brewery a definite winner.
Ommegeddon Farmhouse Ale with Brettanomyces, Brewery Ommegang
Powerful label art for a powerful beer. Per the brewery, "Its dryness and funkiness begat the name of Ommegeddon — for the time when the forces of light and dark battle for world dominion."
Confounded Mr. Sisyphus, Pretty Things
Pretty Things is known for their quirky, surrealist cartoon label art, and we're partial to this one featuring a flute-playing cherry.
Mom Hefeweizen, Rogue Brewery
Rogue Brewery's colorful labels are easily recognizable for their stylized, cartoon fist-pumping frontmen. Still, the Mom Hefeweizen, featuring a mother-type saluting you with a pint, stands out as a favorite. (That said, the painted pink bottle and pig imagery on the Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale is undeniably cool.)
Hoptimum Whole-Cone Imperial IPA, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
The hophead has never looked as distinguished as it does on Sierra Nevada's Hoptimum Whole-Cone Imperial IPA.
Smoked Baltic Porter, Great Divide Brewing Co.
The bold, simple design of Great Divide's Smoked Baltic Porter does a great job of getting the point across — this is one dark, smoky brew.
Farmer's Tan Imperial Pale Lager, Southern Tier Brewing Company
This summer seasonal from the Lakewood, N.Y.-based microbrewery earns points for its amusing label celebrating the "inevitable red and white hallmark of hard work [on the farm]."
Darkness, Surly Brewing Co.
Fright fans are no doubt drawn to the zombie apocalypse-inspired label on Surly's to-die-for Russian Imperial Stout.
Big Hoppy Monster Imperial Red Ale, Terrapin Beer Co.
What's not to like about a label depicting a cool cartoon turtle cruising in a souped-up ride with flame detail?
Moloko Milk Stout, Three Floyds Brewing Co.
All of the Indiana-based brewery's label designs are unique, but the mod, brightly colored art on their Moloko Milk Stout has quite a draw (even if we're not quite sure what the design signifies).
Java Sutra Coffee Porter, Three Heads Brewing
An illustrated rendering of "the magic" that occurs between hops and coffee to create Three Heads Brewing's Java Sutra.
JavaHead Stout, Tröegs Brewing Company
We really dig the sugar skull-like design featured on the Pennsylvania brewery's coffee stout — a clever fusion of the coffee geek and the hophead.
Corne du Diable, Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
All of the labels featured on the beers from this Montreal-based brewpub deserve a shout-out for their exceptional portrait-style caricatures. The one on their American-style IPA, Corne du Diable, is especially fun depicting a well-dressed devil drinking beer out of a curled devil horn.