The Best Beer Labels of the Week: June 15, 2013

Ogle. Open. Drink. Repeat.

  • Left Hand's 400 Pound Monkey always makes waves, and the bottle for the latest edition is as eye-catching as ever.
  • Simple and rustic is the way to go when you're selling a wet-hopped beer.
  • Enjoy a little history pun with your craft beer. Can't wait to try this collaboration between Smuttynose and Stone.
  • The "So Bad It's Good" Award goes to Lakemaid, which has made a series of labels that look like they belong in a charity bikini calendar from Door County.
  • Mikkeller meets 3 Floyds meets Pac-Man. Everyone wins.
  • While the artwork isn't amazing, the mood is great—especially for a big, burly barleywine.
  • Terrapin's Dr. Krunkles series—built for the brewery's more offbeat experiments—are always the best.

Just like Yeezus, beer labels often leak well before they actually hit shelves. That’s because all labels needs to be registered and approved, and there are some wily craft-beer nerds out there who track this process and get their hands on the hottest beer art that hasn’t even dropped yet. Let’s take a look at some of this week’s best sneak peeks, from the likes of Terrapin, Mikkeller, and Smuttynose.

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


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