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Carlsberg Black Gold by Kontrapunkt, Denmark

Opinion by Richard Baird

New minimal packaging design by Danish studio Kontrapunkt for Carlsberg's Black Gold

Carlsberg is a Danish beer brand founded in 1847 by J.C. Jacobsen. It is part of the Carlsberg Group portfolio which also includes Tuborg, Kronenbourg and Somersby cider, as well as Carlsberg Export and Carlsberg Black Gold. Carlsberg has a significant heritage. And, like many other beer brands, has largely conveyed this using the visual language and associated legacy of the beer bottle label, which then made it on to cans.

Carlsberg has begun a steady move towards a more current visual expression. This is characterised by a concise communicative intention and a stylistic minimalism. This can be seen, initially, in the packaging design of the Carlsberg can for the German market, created by Copenhagen-based studio Kontrapunkt, and in the redesign of Carlsberg Black Gold, also by Kontrapunkt. Black Gold is a dark pilsner, brewed in the same manner as Carlsberg’s premium variety, only for longer, giving it a richer flavour profile and higher alcohol content. This difference is conveyed immediately using a black and gold print finish.

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¡LoLa! by Neumeister, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Packaging design for craft beer ¡Lo La! by Neumeister

¡LoLa! is a craft beer collaboration between Brutal Brewing and Supper, a restaurant that serves inventive South American food with a Swedish twist, and has locations in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Visby and Åre. The beer draws its inspiration from the fusion nature of the restaurant, and is named in honour of Lola, a woman who cooks food on a beach in Brazil and is an important figure to the founders of Supper. The beer will be available at Supper restaurants, and through Scandinavian liquor chain Systembolaget.

Scandinavian design studio Neumeister were challenged with creating a label and packaging design that would make a short and lyrical name relevant to a wider audience, and to be able to transform it into a brand that is relevant to those who might buy it in other locations, outside of restaurant. Taking their cues from the Swedish and Latin American fusion of Supper, this is achieved through a duality, expressed through type and colour.

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O/O Long Boil Barley Wine by Lundgren+Lindqvist, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Packaging design and art direction by Swedish studio Lundgren+Lindqvist for O/O Brewing's Long Boil Barley Wine, a limited edition craft beer range

O/O Brewing is a craft brewery set up in 2011 by Olle Andersson & Olof Andersson. They presently operate out of the facilities of Stigbergets Bryggeri in the Swedish city of Gothenburg, but are due to open their own brewery in the Autumn of 2017, with the intention of increasing volume and gaining further control over quality.

O/O worked with Scandinavian studio Lundgren+Lindqvist, who have created packaging design for a variety of other O/O beers, to develop labelling for a new series of limited editions that will be sold once a year. The first of these will be Long Boil Barley Wine. Despite the name, Long Boil Barley Wine is a beer and, unlike O/O Brewing’s other products, will be aged, allowing it to develop a new complexity in a similar way to wine.

Rather than collaborating with artists and designers, an approach that characterised much of the labelling of O/O’s previous ranges, and with a desire to express something of the higher price point and ageing of the beer by making a connection with Champagne and wine, Lundgren+Lindqvist developed a typographical system of condensed characters for impact, provides room for date, sets these within a grid, and compliments this with playful but communicative art direction of product photography.

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