Our latest project for Almanac Beer Co. launches us into uncharted galaxies with their new Sournova series of canned sour beers. Kicking off the series is Blueberry Sournova. These are barrel aged sours made with real fruit which any beer connoisseur will recognize as worlds apart from typical offerings, so we wanted to create something special with the labels by giving them out of this world metallic gradients and sparkles. Check out a few photos of the cans below courtesy of Almanac. Our friends at Down the Street Designs also collaborated on the project to create an awesome outer space animation of the can in action, which you can also check out below.
We love designing labels for all of the limited, special edition beers that Almanac creates, but we also love the beers that are most likely to find a home in a bottle shop near you. That’s why we’re happy to introduce Almanac’s new line of 16oz fresh beers that will be available year round, and with nationwide distribution. LOVE Hazy IPA, LOUD! Hazy DIPA, and VIBES Pilsner. Printed on metallized label stock, these super sparkly cans also contain a not-so-hidden word inside each geometric pattern. You can also try these new beers on draft at Almanac’s two bay area taprooms.
Fresh Beer Series
LOVE Hazy IPA
LOUD! Hazy DIPA
Almanac’s latest release, Side Hustle Hazy IPA, continues our experimentation with metallized printing stock, giving this label a wraparound 70s era golden shimmer. Side Hustle is also the first of Almanac’s rotating hops series, so we also had fun creating a new icon for the labels - a call to check the bottom of the can for the seasonal selection of hops in the current batch. Check out a few photos fresh from the canning line below.
In addition to their barrel aged beers, Almanac continues to churn out delicious hazy IPAs including their latest, Unfiltered Opinion. Taking a cue from the Mosaic variety of hops in the brew, we approached the label with our take on a modern mosaic pattern. Unfiltered Opinion joins the ranks of our previous Almanac IPA releases - New Taproom Smell IPA and Don’t Call It Frisco Double IPA.
For Almanac’s latest release, Craft Pilsner, a staple of their year-round lineup of beers, we wanted to create a classic design paying homage to the topography of the Bay Area. In addition to the cartographic pattern, we also experimented with printing on a metallized label to achieve the copper accents on the can. Look for Craft Pilsner sailing to stores now and more metallic everything on future Almanac packaging.
Almanac continues to roll out new beer from their brand new Alameda brewery, and next up is their Dynamo Donut Imperial Stout made with real donuts. We were inspired by the ingredients and featured them on a bright, multicolored label. Dynamo Donut Imperial Stout is now available at both Almanac locations in the Bay Area while they last.
"Wrapped in this gorgeous pop-art label from DKNG Studios, this decadent pastry stout comes by its pastry-ness authentically: with a baker’s dozen donuts in the mash. Fun fact: we had to do special paperwork with the Feds to get “Donuts” listed as an official beer ingredient. Taste this amazing stout in 16 oz cans on Friday when 16 oz cans release in San Francisco & Alameda. Dynamo Donut Imperial Stout is a beer inspired by a donut. An amazing, handmade, yeast-fermented donut, laden with real maple syrup and crispy bacon, to create the perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors. With a box of breakfast inspiration in hand, we combined cherrywood smoked malt, maple sugar, freshly roasted coffee, and vanilla beans to make something truly decadent. The result is an inky, rich beer, that pairs perfectly with breakfast or dessert."
Almanac cans are back! We’re excited to share the first label we designed for Almanac’s new line of 16 oz. cans, which also happens to be the first beer ever canned at their new Alameda brewery! The label shares its artwork with the soon to be installed mural that will grace the walls of the brewery, and features the entire Bay Area along with some unexpected landmarks and visitors.
“The label on our New Taproom Smell IPA features a DKNG-designed mural that will soon adorn our Alameda taproom wall. It's a fantastical 3D homage to the Bay Area and our proud new home on the island of Alameda in the East Bay. We wanted a bright, colorful and humorous backdrop for what we hope will be many years of great beer and great conversation shared among families and friends in our new home. You'll see iconic references to the area like the Oakland Bay Bridge, San Francisco Ferry Plaza Building, Port of Oakland, East Bay hills and Alameda Naval Base. And if you look closely, you just might notice a few of Damian and Jesse's personal creative flourishes inserted throughout. Yes, we are sci-fi and fantasy geeks. DKNG once again brought our creative vision masterfully to life!”
Almanac Beer Co.’s new Nectarine Cobbler is packed with fruit flavor, so we found it only fitting that a larger than life nectarine should take center stage in our latest label design for the brewery. Almanac prides itself on using fresh produce from local farmers so we were inspired to create an Almanac-centric farm where agriculture and brewing come together. Nectarine Cobbler is a sour blonde ale aged in oak barrels with nectarines, peaches, and spices.
“Nectarine Cobbler is our version of dessert in a glass. We started with yellow nectarines from Blossom Bluff Orchards, grown in high-summer along the banks of King’s River in California’s Central Valley. Four pounds of juicy stone fruit was added to each gallon of sour blonde ale and aged in oak barrels. We spiced the blend with cinnamon, ginger, coriander, and vanilla bean to recall the aroma of a freshly baked nectarine cobbler resting on the windowsill. Pair this autumn delight with mom’s baked desserts, Indian curries, and holiday gatherings.”
Initial Concept Sketches
The much anticipated fruit forward brother of Almanac’s Tropical Galaxy is here, and we were honored to put a peachy spin on the packaging! Peach Galaxy is a dry-hopped sour farmhouse ale aged in oak barrels with peaches and spices. The Almanac galaxy series of beers inspired us to pursue a 1960s sci-fi style of illustration, and this new twist on the label includes plenty of new peach inspired touches as well as a new peach color scheme. You can check out our original Tropical Galaxy label here.
“Peach Galaxy is an intergalactic flavor odyssey! This stellar brew started with a blend of farmhouse Brettanomyces ales fermented with our house sour culture and aged in oak barrels. Next, 6,000 lbs of organic yellow peaches from Blossom Bluff Orchards in Northern California were added to the barrels to mature for several months. The beer was finished with a touch of coriander and a heavy cosmic dry-hop of Galaxy and Citra. The finished beer has an IPA-style aroma, backed by tart peach skin flavors and hints of gummy rings. Pair this out-of-this-world elixir with grilled ribs, ceviche, and peach coffee cake.”
We’re excited to share our latest collaboration with Almanac Beer Co. on their new Tropical Galaxy beer, a Galaxy dry hopped sour farmhouse ale aged in oak barrels with mango, lime, and coconut. The name immediately conjured up imagery of 1960s sci-fi wrapped in a tropical vacation. We landed on a beach scene of an astronaut preparing to ride the waves of an alien planet, surrounded by the beer’s ingredients, along with some friendly alien wildlife.
Initial Concept Sketches
This project also gave us the opportunity to embrace the sci-fi cinema look by creating a limited edition poster to commemorate the beer’s release. The poster is an 18” x 24” 5 color screen print on rainbow metallic foil paper, giving the print a sparkling intergalactic appearance. The poster also made an appearance at the annual Screens ’n’ Suds charity event in Chicago with proceeds benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mockingbird Foundation and Alzheimer's Association.
Tropical Galaxy is now available at the Almanac Taproom in San Francisco and available throughout the country wherever finer beers are sold.
"Tropical Galaxy is a cosmic elixir of lush equatorial flavors. We blended mangoes, lime and coconut together in oak foedres with our farmhouse-brett base beer to create a far out and funky tropical treat. We finished it with a generous dry-hopping of Australian Galaxy Hops, contributing aromas of passionfruit and citrus. Enjoy on your next intergalactic odyssey with fresh crab, jerk chicken or scallop ceviche."
Label Printing Process
We've created the following design mockups of the finished label on both white and black backgrounds for your sharing convenience.