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.
Edit: The comprehensive 2019 edition of the very best in beer art and design is now available on canamagazine.com
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.
Admittedly a new one on our radar this year, American Solera’s label designs are bold and distinctive, often resembling the sleeve of an early 1990s underground lo-fi record, and standing out from the oft-macho crowd of American craft beer with the soft-edged whimsy that aesthetic delivers.