Every Friday we raise a glass to celebrate some of the best new boozy bottles to hit store shelves. This week I’m reporting from the sunny Golden State, a welcome departure from the icy tundra that is winter in NYC—until I locked eyes with these icy-cool packaging designs from our neighbor up north. ’Tis the season for crisp, pristine, yet rustic aesthetic of Canadian design—no maple leaves involved.

CIRKA Distilleries, by Compagnie et Cie Warriner
They say opposites attract, and this packaging proves the adage by channeling both urban chic and rural grit. While there’s wood cork and twine, it’s counterbalanced by rich paper stock and copper shine—the perfect play of authentic craft and elegance, without overdosing on either. Plus, we’re doling out some extra love for the touch of humor à la barrel-clad caribous.
(Via Packaging of the World)

Chez Latina, by Michael Mason
When we heard “espresso stout,” we instantly pictured a dark brown palette, but Montreal-born designer (and previous Eye on Design contributor) Michael Mason had the insight to conjure up the creamy and decadent foam of an espresso. The gold hues bring a subtle yet rich touch to the contemporary and decidedly art deco-inspired play of lines, patterns, and letterforms.
(Via The Dieline)

Blue Collar Pale Ale, by Poly Studio
Who knew blue collar could look so damn snazzy? While abstaining from predictable beer packaging details like bro-happy type or twee “craft” touches, the super clean lines create a wraparound label effect that effortlessly achieves the much-hawked “ice cold can” look. So put down that koozie—this graphic, geometric design is worth the frostbite.
(Via Lovely Package)

Cheers!