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.
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.”
Bluebeam Inc. creates software for architects, engineers, and contractors, and we were thrilled to contribute to their rebranding effort by producing a series of illustrations depicting the range of clients that their products serve. The scalable illustrations range in subject matter from an engineer overseeing a stadium construction site to an oil and gas working on a floating oil rig. The illustrations are currently featured on the Bluebeam website as well as in their new ad spot for Bluebeam Revu. Check out the illustrations below along with our initial sketches and video of the illustrations coming to life.
Initial Concept Sketches
Last year we had the opportunity to design a series of limited edition fresh beer bottles for San Francisco's Almanac Beer Co. Almanac's "Farm to Barrel" process takes advantage of local, seasonal ingredients and has landed them on the map as one of the fastest growing breweries on the west coast. We were thrilled to work with Almanac again on their first venture into canned beer. Each beer's isometric illustration focuses on part of the beer making process - from the orange groves and wheat fields of California, to the brewery, and the city of San Francisco itself. Almanac's Fresh Beer cans are now available in Whole Foods stores throughout California and coming soon to a state near you.
"I first partnered with Nathan and Dan on the design and branding of our 22oz Fresh Beer Limited product line back in 2015. The rollout was very successful and the response to the new branding was intense and immediate. We were onto something. For 2016, we had an exciting new canned six-pack lineup coming out, so I figured it was a great opportunity to expand on our prior success and further evolve the visual language we had developed.
I wanted the cans to be bold, inviting and contemporary—but I also wanted to honor the long legacy of iconic beer brands that came before us. I couldn't be happier with the results. Nathan and Dan crushed my expectations and based on the early response, I think we're going to have another rousing success in our hands."
Co-Founder / CEO
Almanac Beer Co.
"Almanac’s Craft Pilsner is a crisp, dry-hopped lager that provides a West Coast twist on the traditional German style. Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, and Mandarina Bavaria hops provide a melon and citrus nose backed by 100% Pilsner malt. This beer is crushable, always begging for another sip and pairs well with sushi, outdoor grilling and tames spicy Thai and Mexican dishes."
San Francisco IPA
"This West Coast IPA features an explosive aroma of citrus, tropical fruit and dankness from a blend of Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, Hallertau Blanc and El Dorado hops. Intensely hoppy without overt bitterness, a light malt backbone balances this IPA, giving it a clean finish and making it a beer to be enjoyed again and again. Inspired by San Francisco but brewed to be enjoyed everywhere. Enjoy with super burritos, hangtown fry, and rich copping."
"This California spin on a saison highlights tropical and floral aromas. An expressive fermentation provides hints of pineapple and white pepper, while a dry-hop of Mosaic and Hallertau Blanc doubles down on tropical aromas of mango and passionfruit. Enjoy this aromatic farmhouse ale with earthy mushroom dishes, funky washed-rind cheeses and al pastor street tacos."
"Mandarina’s tart and citrusy profile makes it the perfect beer for warm, sunny days. The combination of crisp tartness, tangerines and the citrus aromas of Mandarina Bavaria and Citra hops puts this farmhouse ale’s fruity aroma over the top. Pair this summer sipper with a day at the beach, fresh seafood and citrus-infused desserts."
Behind The Scenes
What began as rough ideas and initial sketches (see below) eventually transformed into ink swatches, box mockups, press checks, and finally canning and boxing of the finished product. For more insight into the process, check out our appearance on the Adventures in Design podcast episode 395 (player below).
2015 let us check an important item off of our bucket list - having the opportunity to design a beer label. Almanac Beer Co. is a quickly growing brewery based in San Francisco, and specializes in unique, fresh and barrel aged beers using local ingredients. We worked with Almanac to design their new line of fresh, seasonal beers which are all based on historic eras in San Francisco’s history. As for the bottles themselves, instead of a typical paper label, the seasonal bottles feature a full 360º wrap, screen printed directly onto the glass.
First up in the spring was Valencia Gold, a golden ale brewed with Valencia Oranges and orange blossom honey. Valencia Gold celebrates the Mission District of San Francisco during the 1850s gold rush era. The artwork includes Mission Dolores Church in a street scene representing the city’s skyline at the time.
Emperor Norton celebrates a folk hero in the history of the city. Perhaps the most famous and beloved homeless resident of San Francisco, Emperor Norton garnered a huge cult following during the late 19th century and forecast important bay area developments including the construction of a trans-bay bridge. The beer itself is a dry-hopped Belgian style ale brewed with apricots.
Paris of the West harkens back to the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition that took place in San Francisco 100 years ago. The ferry building and waterfront are featured on the bottle as well as the Playland amusement park erected on the boardwalk at the time. Paris of the West is a Quadrupel Ale brewed with flame raisins, candi sugar, and oranges.
Barbary Coast concludes the series of the four seasonal releases with one of the most debaucherous times in San Francisco History. Early 20th century sailors visited what is now the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco to visit saloons, dance halls, and ladies of the night. Barbary Coast is an Imperial Stout brewed with cacao nibs, chili pepper, oak, and sea salt.
Almanac is quickly expanding its distribution but these limited edition seasonals are only available while supplies last. Available where finer beers are sold, contact Almanac to find out if their beers are sold in your neighborhood.
Thanks to our friends at Down the Street Designs for providing the animations throughout this post.
DreamWorks first personal art publication, Moonshine, was conceived as an opportunity to highlight the breath of artistic development talent at Dreamworks. This short documentary gives you a sneak peek into the personal works from the artists.
Directed by Alexis Wanneroy & Christophe Lautrette
Artists : Sam Michalp, Nicolas Weis, Christian Schellewald, Paul Duncan, Marcos Mateu, Nathan Fowkes
Special appearance from Jeffrey Katzenberg
Moonshine book :
Produced by Angela Lepito
Published by Design Studio Press
Edited by Christophe Lautrette & Pierre-Olivier Vincent
Music by Drew Barefoot - The forest in bloom
Courtesy of Dreamworks Animation
Thank you Explosions in the Sky and the team behind this incredible music video.
"Last Known Surroundings"
Written & Performed by Explosions in the Sky
Directed by Ptarmak
Illustration: Sissy Emmons
Animation: David Hobizal
Addt'l Artistry: JR Crosby, Luke Miller, Zach Ferguson
Ben Hansen, Christy Carroll, Annie Mayfield
Addt'l 3D: Josh Johnson