Every Friday we raise a glass to celebrate some of the best new boozy bottles to hit store shelves. Since we’ve got you covered for your beach/poolside read, it’s time to review your options for summery and nautical wines and beers. So slather on that sunscreen and get ready for oyster-inspired type, “shipwreck chic” design, and mermaid-approved packaging.

Ploés Wines, by Beetroot Design Group
Nautical design doesn’t have to be blue. Instead, these vivid hues perfectly capture the ocean’s many temperaments—from the black and choppy waves to the red glittering water reflecting the setting sun. But the true surprise is that all these hand-drawn illustrations manage to give off a dreamy vibe that’s cool and calming, despite the dramatic color palette.
(Via The Dieline)

Classic Aquavit, by Nina Brandt
With a look that’s fresh as sparkling water and as mesmerizing as a tarot card deck, this line of aquavit combines unlikely aesthetics for a clean feel we can’t get enough of. The flowing illustrations look anything but busy thanks to the subtle coloring of navy against the translucent bottle, while the whimsical pattern of nautical logos and signs also help keep things airy and light. After all, you can’t have a weighty and humorless design for booze that’s “bottled by mermaids, relished by men.”
(Via Packaging Design Served)

Cerveza Iberian Oyster Stout, by Pedro Baños and Sergi Delgado
Though mighty waves, swarthy pirates, and anchors reign supreme on summer beer labels, this stout’s eye-catching typeface found inspiration in an unlikely place. Fashioned after the curvature of an oyster shell, the type is simple, yet evocative of soothing waves that jibe with our similarly tranquil beach vibes.
(Via Packaging Design Served)

Old Jamaica, by John Smith
We’re not exactly shy about our preference for sleek black-and-white packaging, and this rebrand for a rum (and a newly imagined ginger brew) is a standout. Though there’s a time and a place for swashbuckling pirates, we’re glad the designers opted for a more refined approach that capitalizes on the high contrast colors, beautiful illustration of the kraken, and old-fashioned type that makes for more appreciated “oohs” and “ahs” than “arrs.”
(Via Packaging of the World)

Ahoy Brewery, by Rasmus Erixon
This imaginary microbrewery touts a “taste of the hardest battles and storms,” but we’re digging this understated and contemporary design that says anything but “tattered, hardened sailors.” The matte black background with super clean sans serif type is the perfect pared down combination that elevates the pastel illustrations to new levels of “shipwreck chic.”
(Via Packaging of the World)

Cheers!