2018’s best craft beer label designs.

2018 saw the craft beer boom continue apace, with the artwork adorning cans and bottles reaching new heights of creativity—these are Caña magazine’s top picks of the year.

James Davidson
Jan 1, 2019 · 13 min read

Edit: The comprehensive 2019 edition of the very best in beer art and design is now available on canamagazine.com

Garage Beer Co., Virtue Signal. Artwork by Sevkan Ariburnu, Photography by Sergio Ävila

Creativity in craft beer is at an all-time high. In the tanks, but on the outside too; label design turning art-form as more and more of the world’s top breweries are pairing with artists and progressive design talent. From label designs that could stand alone as conceptual artworks to daring aesthetics that define a brand, as the craft beer juggernaut rolls on, its relationship with the arts rattles alongside at a gathering pace; beer cans are officially the new record sleeve.

Caña is a craft beer magazine with creativity at its core, so we decided to draw up a list of our top designs of 2018. Problem was, there’s been such depth in talent this year, that was an almost insurmountable task. In the name of maintaining our sanity, we restricted our selections to one per brewery—plundering output from those beer makers who consider design as important as bucketloads of hops.

So here we have it: in alphabetical order, one design per brewery, Caña magazine’s top beer label designs of 2018 …

American Solera, Terpy Wet Hop DIPA.

americansolera.com

Aeronaut Brewing, King Louie DIPA.

aeronautbrewing.com

Alefarm Brewing, Reach DIPA.

alefarm.dk

Amundsen Brewery, DDH DIPA Space Tiger.

amundsenbrewery.com

Boundary Brewing, Mutual Feelings.

boundarybrewing.coop

Brew Your Mind, DB Peach Please…

brewyourmind.hu

Brouwerij West, FA Really IPA.

brouwerijwest.com

Canopy, Belgian Red Ale With Sour Cherries.

canopybeer.com

Collective Arts Brewing, 2018 Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter.

collectiveartsbrewing.com

CRAK Brewery, After Sauna Pils.

crakbrewery.com

Cyclic Beer Farm, All of Them.

@cyclicbeerfarm

DEYA Brewery, Paint it Black.

deyabrewing.com

Drav, ISA.

drav.ca

Fat Orange Cat, Vito, The Beer Whale Cat.

fatorangecatbrewco.com

Foam Brewers, The Factory.

foambrewers.com

Forest & Main Brewing Company, Cosmic Disillusion.

forestandmain.com

Photography by Sergio Ävila

Garage Beer Co., Virtue Signal.

garagebeer.co

Grimm Artisanal Ales, Rhythm Force Double IPA.

grimmales.com

Hacienda Beer Co., It Just Does Weird Things.

haciendabeerco.com

Hoof Hearted Brewing, Drop the Fries.

hoofheartedbrewing.com

Hudson Valley Brewery, Horizon Loop, Freefall, and Syzygy.

hudsonvalleybrewery.com

LERVIG, House Party.

lervig.no

Left Handed Giant Brewing Co., Dream House.

lefthandedgiant.com

Mad Hatter Brewing Company, Feed Your Head.

madhatterbrewing.co.uk

Magic Rock Brewing, Yeah Yeah Yeah.

magicrockbrewing.com

Marz Brewing, Pigasus Strawberry Milkshake DIPA.

marzbrewing.com

Mikkeller NYC, Marietta Red.

mikkeller.dk

Misterio Brewing, Crop Circle Farmhouse IPA.

misteriobrewing.com

North Brewing Co., Cobra and Phases.

northbrewing.com

Northern Monk, Blues Run The Game.

northernmonkbrewco.com

Omnipollo, Anniversary Coward.

omnipollo.com

Other Half Brewing, Hypersleep.

otherhalfbrewing.com

Separatist Beer Project, Ritual Death.

separatistbeer.com

Stillwater Artisanal, The Shelfie Set.

stillwater-artisanal.com

The Veil Brewing Co., Numb.

theveilbrewing.com

Tired Hands x Mikkeller, Sneek Peek.

tiredhands.com / mikkellereditions.com

To Øl, 1 Ton of… Christmas.

toolbeer.dk

Track Brewery, Skyway DIPA.

trackbrewing.co

Verdant Brewing Co., Tu Meke.

verdantbrewing.co

Villages, Zinzan.

villagesbrewery.com

Whiplash, Eventually DIPA.

whiplashbeer.com

Wylam Brewery, The Northern Powerhouse Brew Series.

wylambrewery.co.uk

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Caña magazine

An independent print magazine about craft beer and its…

James Davidson

Written by

Freelance journalist: travel, culture, design, food and drink, art. Founder of we-heart.com and forthcoming independent craft beer magazine, canamagazine.com

Caña magazine

An independent print magazine about craft beer and its culture.

James Davidson

Written by

Freelance journalist: travel, culture, design, food and drink, art. Founder of we-heart.com and forthcoming independent craft beer magazine, canamagazine.com

Caña magazine

An independent print magazine about craft beer and its culture.

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