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This article was published on March 10, 2011

    16 Creative Alcohol Bottle Designs

    16 Creative Alcohol Bottle Designs
    Joel Falconer
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    Joel Falconer

    Joel Falconer is the Features Editor at TNW. He lives on the Gold Coast, Australia with his wife and three kids and can sometimes be found g Joel Falconer is the Features Editor at TNW. He lives on the Gold Coast, Australia with his wife and three kids and can sometimes be found gaming or consulting. Follow Joel on Twitter.

    We can’t say for sure that what’s in all these bottles is going to be particularly smooth, but we can tell you this: the bottle designs certainly are! We show you 16 creative alcohol packaging designs, so you can write off a night of lonely drinking as industry research.

    1. Monteith’s Single Source Lager Beer

    This New Zealand lager has a classy, minimalist look, and the back label features a QR code. That’s one geek-friendly bottle of beer!

    Designer: Designworks

    2. Golan Brewery

    These beer bottles were designed for Israel’s Golan Brewery. I haven’t seen a lot of modern Hebrew typography work, but the combination of type and colors is almost like a more subdued and subtle version of a loud Japanese product.

    Designer: Blend-It

    3. Brooklyn Gin

    This incredible design features a metal-stamped label that gives it Brooklyn’s grittiness and the bottle itself “pays homage to the apothecary origins of gin,” according to the designers.

    Designer: Spring Design Partners

    4. Armand de Brigniac Champagne

    Gold-plated champagne bottles. What more needs to be said?

    5. Paso Port Wine Company

    Paso Port Wine Company’s package design features a pin-up girl theme on black with gold trimming. It looks as vintage as it does modern.

    Designer: iii DESiGN

    6. Chase Vodka

    Chase Vodka is an English potato vodka with a simple but pleasing bottle.

    7. Licor Beirão Limited Edition

    This premium edition of one of Portugal’s most popular liquors was produced in a limited batch of 1,000, with each bottle in the batch clearly numbered. The designer’s job was to give the bottle the feel of exclusivity warranted by the batch count and make it an attractive addition to a collector’s shelf.

    Designer: NTGJ Design

    8. Vinkara Fun & Playful

    This absolutely minimalist bottle still achieves the light-hearted feel the name implies thanks to clever type choices.

    Designer: Ned Wright

    9. Textual

    I love the way Textual has used inkless debossing on these wine labels.

    Designer: Yanez Gioia Design

    10. Colier

    Only five of these premium limited edition Colier wines were made with handmade bottle and cocoon container.

    Designer: Reynolds & Reyner

    11. 3 Acres

    These 3 Acres labels feature a vibrancy of color rarely seen on wine shelves, and the textures enhance their depth. This is definitely one of my favorite wine labels.

    Designer: Hannah Aubrey

    12. Chopin Vodka

    Bearing the face of one of history’s greatest pianists, this bottle of vodka features a double-walled insulating plastic finish that keeps the bottle cold for up to two hours. Practical design can still look stunning.

    Designer: { c / c }

    13. Grimm Brothers Brewhouse

    These beer labels each illustrate a scene from one of the Grimm Brothers’ folk tales with a twist. These bottles make beer look playful, so hide them from your children.

    Designer: The Tenfold Collective

    14. Bogotá Beer Company

    These Bogotá Beer Company labels remind me of vintage advertisements, but in color. It’s a very bold design.

    Designer: Lip

    15. Espolón Tequila

    This modern packaging from a traditional Mexican tequila producer uses cartoons to tell Mexican cultural stories.

    16. Pistonhead Beer

    Continuing the theme of cartoon-adorned alcohol packaging, Pistonhead Beer features a flaming skull, varying the colors for different varieties of beer.

    Designer: Jensen Pamp McCann