The 10 Best Beer Labels of the Week: November 10, 2012

Ogle. Open. Drink. Repeat.

  • Brewdog's James Watt tweeted this awesome preview of a Roy Lichtenstein-inspired label for a Tate Modern collaboration.
  • Danish gypsy brewery Mikkeller makes all its own labels, and this one's a beautiful representation of Mikkel Borg Bjergso's aesthetic.
  • We love the visual effect of the enchanting image, which looks like its been painted onto a piece of drift wood.
  • Straight to Ale's Laika label is an example of when a great idea trumps bad artwork.
  • Great colors and simple logo, but there's nuance too: An ocean map faded into the background.
  • Who doesn't want a ticket to rye? A example of Magic Hat's trademark style.
  • 4 Hands does a nice job of creatively incorporating the beer's offbeat ingredients, including sweet potatoes, into the design.
  • This is so ugly, but the nostalgic associations with Christmas gift tags allows it to win anyway.
  • This label from Intuition Ale Works reminds us of a level boss in a Sega Genesis game—which, of course, is a good thing.
  • The retro, hang-ten vibe of this art from Mother Earth Brew Co. is successful, as is the excellent pun on the name: Cali Creamin'.

As our hunt for the finest sudsy art continues, it’s becoming increasingly clear that diversity is what makes the world of beer labels so great. No one aesthetic reigns supreme, and breweries tend to match their unusual offerings with equally unique imagery. Even when it’s clear that there wasn’t much of a budget to pour into pro design, sometimes the DIY approach triumphs by allowing a brewery to express its spirit and sense of humor. This week’s examples are all over the map, from a highminded Roy Lichtenstein homage to a so-stupid-it’s-good portrait of a dog in outer space.

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

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