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¡LoLa! by Neumeister, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and packaging for craft beer ¡Lo La! designed 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 and art direction by Swedish design 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 graphic design studio Lundgren+Lindqvist, who have created labels 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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Brewdog Abstrakt by O Street, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding and packaging designed by O Street for limited edition craft beer concept Abstrakt from Brewdog

Brewdog’s Abstrakt is a limited edition craft beer concept that has released 20 different varieties since it began in 2010. Each beer is bottle-conditioned (bottled with a small amount of yeast, providing further fermentation and maturation), brewed and released just once, individually numbered and known only by their release code. It is a concept described as more art than beer, as boundary pushing and blurring the line between categories.

Graphic design studio O Street worked with Brewdog to create a new brand identity and packaging system for Abstrakt, informed by its creative, limited edition concept, flavour varieties, individually crafted nature and the use of release codes rather than names. This is expresses through colour, typography, print finish and structural design.

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