The 10 Best Beer Labels of the Week: December 8, 2012

Ogle. Open. Drink. Repeat.

  • Half Acre killed it for a second week on the trot with this insane riff on two things everyone loves: Cats and Japanese monster flicks.
  • Heavy Seas has a lot of great labels. This one does a great job of channeling the aesthetic of an antique seafaring map while still feeling modern.
  • Great update on the Breakfast Geek label from Mikkeller—the French press is crucial.
  • First of all, the notion of a "crawfish season ale" is amazing. And the simplicity of this portrait—just two men sharing some crawdads—is great.
  • This brew from Boulevard's excellent Smokestack Series plays on the idea of a TV weather forecast, highlighting the flurry of ingredients that goes into the beer.
  • Any beer label with a groundhog automatically wins.
  • This design is pure class, using a red-and-purple splash pattern to evoke the grape juice and wine barrels used in the brewing process.
  • Flying fantasy-creature robots in outer space? Yeah, we'll take a bottle of the Pipeworks Galaxy Unicorn, thank you very much.
  • Short's Brew is back yet again, speaking to our deepest desires—who wouldn't want to surf through the heartland while the sun sets?
  • Industrial America and good honest drinking go hand in hand. This label nails that feeling.

This week, we dropped our big United States of Beer list—our take on the best beer from every single state. While taste was the prime criterion, the truth is there were some damn fine labels and can designs in the mix as well, including Tallgrass Brewing Co.’s 8-Bit pale ale and Surly Furious.

Well, when it rains it pours, because it turned out to be a banner week for new beer porn, with awesome label releases from the likes of Half Acre Beer Co., Odell, Heavy Seas, and more.

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

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