Every Friday we raise a glass to celebrate some of the best new boozy bottles to hit store shelves. This week we’re putting up in New Orleans for the 2015 AIGA Design Conference (for the uninitiated, think three days of presentations from top creatives, networking, and loads of design inspiration) and are unapologetically influenced by all the things the city has to offer: jazz and beignets, yes, but also a thriving cocktail scene. Join us as we bask in Southern design with wine from the French Quarter and voodoo whiskey.

Luminary Quarter, by Josh Schott
In my ideal world, every brewery would be a brewery/bakery hybrid, but if that’s too much to ask, I at least like my packaging design to be a balance of intricate and simple aesthetics. However, such a storefront (a brewkery?) actually exists in the French Quarter, and as if that wasn’t enough of a treat, the beer bottles there sport a bright and cohesive color scheme with clean type and tastefully ornate ivy illustrations. A design that melds the elegance of French Quarter and the charm of a bakery into one? Oui, s’il vous plaît.
(Via Packaging of the World)

Bohemian Grove, by Tom Benson
Drinking wine straight from the bottle out of a paper bag isn’t exactly the classiest look, but this romantic packaging design—inspired by cigar wrapping—has us reconsidering. Plus, the bold type and decorative flourishes on the label are bound to make typography nerds swoon.
(Via Packaging Design Served)

The Pale Horse, by Robert Whalley
Since we’ve covered the genteel side of Southern living, we now head down a darker path and visit the mesmerizing history of voodoo and mythology. The folkloric imagery on the label—a quirky amalgam of everything from shotguns to ukeleles to alligators—offsets the pixelated, gray treatment and gives the bottle a sleek, yet spooky vibe. Still, this whiskey doesn’t take itself too seriously—the illustrated skull is rockin’ a spiffy straw hat.
(Via Packaging Design Served)

Cheers!