Every Friday afternoon we raise a glass to celebrate some of the best new boozy bottles to hit store shelves. Today we give some love to an underappreciated vessel: the beer can. These stunning cans have us reconsidering the koozie—dazzling us with an urban cocktail, a Pantone-inspired beer, and the ultimate summer beach brew.

Beer Colors, by Txaber
Fellow Pantone lovers and color nerds, it’s time to geek out. Txaber matched nine common brews to their corresponding Pantone number—a radically simple, transparent, yet impactful, concept released earlier this year. Now they’ve expanded the collection to include more colors, plus bottled-versions for those who are can-averse. The only question is, what’s your poison number?
(Via Packaging Design Served)

1Kick Canned Mule, by Think to Make
Although we never say no to shapely cocktail glasses, we can’t stop admiring this classy design for a cocktail in a can. 1Kick’s understated color scheme of bronze and black is subtle, evoking the elegance of an outdoor cafe rather than the industrial look of frat boy brews.
(Via The Dieline)

Hāpi Daze, by Tim Gibson
White beaches and blue waters have become an inescapable trope for all summer brews. But this New Zealand beer dips into the tropical feel, minus the raucous spring break vibe. The matte illustration of a beach at sunset (or sunrise) is divinely tranquil with pretty blues and a pastel yellow.
(Via The Dieline)

Velkopopovicky Kozel, by Yurko Gutsulyak
Can the humble beer can ever shed its ephemeral status? For a Czech brewery eager to highlight its enduring heritage, the oh-so-crushable aluminum shell might not seem ideal; but by mimicking handmade wood engravings, this craft beer manages to look more like a relic than a recyclable container.
(Via Packaging Design Served)

Bauhaus Brew Labs, by Helms Workshop
Compared to bottles, beer cans generally have less real estate to work with—so how do you fit in the ingredient list, a fun call to action, and flavor information without tipping the design into a chaotic jumble? This experimental beer can (appropriately from a “brew lab”) is an amalgam of packaging design and an infographic poster, arranging information in a playfully nonlinear format, while keeping the design cohesive across the different brews.
(Via Lovely Package)

Cheers!