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Best Beer Label (2022)

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Oftentimes our first impressions of a new beer, chosen out of the myriad options available, come from the branding. A good beer label stands out from the crowd, piques our curiosity, and represents the beer behind the label. 

  • Fluffy Unicorns

    Fluffy Unicorns
    City Built Brewing Company

    City Built Brewing offered a nod to the never-ending unicorn trend earlier this year when they introduced Fluffy Unicorns. This canned milkshake IPA is made with lactose, pineapple, and marshmallow. “Don’t knock it till you try it,” is the consensus coming from most customers.
    Photo courtesy of City Built Brewing Company

  • Hyped Out IPA

    Hyped Out IPA
    Federation Brewing

    Hyped Out IPA, created by Oakland’s Federation Brewing in partnership with Hella Coastal Brewing Company, was released as part of their “Beer is Black History” collaboration. Artwork by local artist Aaron Beitia honors two local music legends, Aaron “Mack” Hall and Jamez “Mez” Manning, who tragically died at a young age. 
    Photo courtesy of Chaz Hubbard/Hella Coastal Brewing

  • Universal Language

    Universal Language
    Divine Barrel Brewing

    Universal Language is hopped with Citra, Simcoe and Mosaic and, according to the Divine Barrel Brewing team, offers “the perfect juxtaposition between the juicy & bitter nature of hops, which can be universally loved by all!” Also loved by all is great music. With this in mind, Divine Barrel chose to include a classic gramophone on the label of their flagship West Coast IPA. 
    Photo courtesy of Dave Kaminsky

  • Technicolor Dreamcat IPA

    Technicolor Dreamcat IPA
    Sun King Brewing

    Forget Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; we only have eyes for Sun King Brewery and its Technicolor Dreamcat. This hazy IPA begins with an experimental hop base and infused with blood orange. 
    Photo courtesy of Alexander Rodgers

  • Space Age Sippin

    Space Age Sippin
    Beale Street Brewing

    The artwork on Beale Street Brewing’s Space Age Sippin’ pays homage to Memphis hip hop legends 8Ball & MJG with nods to their 1995 hit Space Age Pimpin’. The hazy IPA offers hints of tropical fruits and pine alongside a blend of citrus, galaxy, and mosaic hops.
    Photo courtesy of Kelvin Kolheim

  • Brew Free! Or Die Tropical IPA

    Brew Free! Or Die Tropical IPA
    21st Amendment Brewery

    The artwork on 21st Amendment Brewery’s Brew Free! or Die Tropical can appears to show Abraham Lincoln breaking free from Mount Rushmore and heading off on a little tropical vacation. Who can blame him? For those who can’t drop everything for a vacation, 21st Amendment says this IPA will provide “a vacation in the can.”
    Photo courtesy of Audrey Kahn

  • Sweet Leaf IPA

    Sweet Leaf IPA
    Iron Hill Brewery

    Iron Hill Brewery’s Sweet Leaf IPA is a “far out festival of hops” with juicy grapefruit, resinous pine, and fresh tropical flavors. Iron Hill brews Sweet Leaf with whole leaf hops, while the can pays homage to the 70s with groovy artwork. Elevate your experience even further by tuning into “Iron Hill Sweet Leaf Tunes,” a Spotify playlist the brewery created to pair with the beer. 
    Photo courtesy of Iron Hill Brewery

  • Moire Eel

    Moire Eel
    Ever Grain Brewing Co.

    Pennsylvania’s Ever Grain Brewing Co. has been turning heads with its Moire Eel. The can, designed by Adam Ross, features an eel hidden within a moire pattern reminiscent of the 1990s Magic Eye trend. Moire Eel, a hazy double IPA, offers citrus, peach and mango flavors and is supported by a blend of hops sourced from New Zealand’s Freestyle Hops.
    Photo courtesy of Angella Howard

  • Body Electric IPA

    Body Electric IPA
    Wise Man Brewing

    "I sing the body electric / The armies of those I love engirth me and I engirth them." Drawing inspiration from Walt Whitman's "I Sing the Body Electric," the fun label on Wise Man Brewing's Body Electric IPA illustrates the "hoppy, hazy, juice bomb" electrifying the tastebuds.
    Photo courtesy of Dan Rossow, Wise Man Brewing

  • Juneteenth BPLB

    Juneteenth BPLB
    Crowns & Hops

    This year Inglewood’s Crowns & Hops released a limited edition hazy IPA in celebration of Juneteenth. Beyond recognizing the many contributions and sacrifices Black Americans have made for our country, the can’s artwork includes a QR code that customers can scan to uncover the history of Juneteenth. 
    Photo courtesy of Christopher Terry

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The top 10 winners in the category Best Beer Label are as follows:

  1. Fluffy Unicorns - City Built Brewing Company
  2. Hyped Out IPA - Federation Brewing
  3. Universal Language - Divine Barrel Brewing
  4. Technicolor Dreamcat IPA - Sun King Brewing
  5. Space Age Sippin - Beale Street Brewing
  6. Brew Free! Or Die Tropical IPA - 21st Amendment Brewery
  7. Sweet Leaf IPA - Iron Hill Brewery
  8. Moire Eel - Ever Grain Brewing Co.
  9. Body Electric IPA - Wise Man Brewing
  10. Juneteenth BPLB - Crowns & Hops

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning beers!

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10Best Editors

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Dennis Malcolm "Ale" Sharpton

Dennis Malcolm "Ale" Sharpton

Dennis Malcolm "Ale" Sharpton

Gary Monterosso

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Gary Monterosso

Latiesha Cook

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