The 10 Best Beer Labels of the Week: December 1, 2012

Ogle. Open. Drink. Repeat.

  • What would Washington's crossing of the Delaware have been like if everyone was wasted? That's the scenario 21st Amendment imagines for its forthcoming seasonal saison.
  • A memorable label for this collabo between Chicago's Half Acre Perennial Artisan Ales out of St. Louis.
  • Georgia's Terrapin always brings the funk with its labels, and this one's no different. Funky beer, too—a porter brewed with peanut butter and chocolate. Source
  • We love the naive style mashed up with Nordic-inspired imagery and great use of color. Source
  • Not everyone will agree with us on this one, but this label is one of our favorites of the year. Trademark Short's Brew simplicity brought to bear on a trail map—the ultimate apres-ski beer. Source
  • Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. does indeed "get crazy" on this label, shrouding an elephant in hops. Source
  • Pardon us for getting excited that it's Christmas beer season—love the swirls of red and green, and the Christmas lights on the anchors. Source
  • We don't often get excited about Sam Adam's labels, but the stuff they do for their limited-release beers is always pretty cool. Dragons rule.
  • A monkey drawing water colors of hops would indeed be a savant. More fire from Elysian.
  • To complement the brown ale, Newcastle is adding a blonde to the lineup next year. The Newcastle logo is a classic in our opinion, and the simple tweak here both obvious and fun.

‘Tis the season to not only drink beers, but also gift them to your fellow hops lovers. Thankfully, there are some awesome-looking new bottles and cans hitting the market this week that’ll look great wrapped up in a bow, not to mention a few previews of labels to look forward to in 2013. Do you agree with our picks? Let us know if we missed any other brew-inspired designs worth ogling.

Click through the gallery above to see all of the week’s best beer art.

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