Every Friday we raise a glass to celebrate some of the best new boozy bottles to hit store shelves. This week, we’re paring things back with four minimal designs that pack a punch.
Mondalón Selección, by Enrique Presa
From his studio in Palma de Mallorca, designer Enrique Presa has created these charming labels for Mondalón Selección wines. Each year these wines—created by the folk at the Bodegas Mondalón vineyard—use a different grape, so Presa’s designs looked to communicate this “ever-changing character.” His minimal, type-forward approach and use of Tintoretto Ivory paper for the white wine, and Tintoretto Black Pepper paper for the red wine gives the bottles a luxe look. As Presa explains, “The vintage, formulated with alphabetic characters, plays the main role, working as if it was the name of the wine. A typographic game has been proposed in which the vintage is fragmented according to the varieties with which the wine is made each year.”
Long Boil Barley Wine, by Lundgren+Lindqvist
Scandinavia and minimalism go together like beer and, well pretty much anything, as far as we’re concerned. The latest project by Swedish studio Lundgren+Lindqvist for Gothenburg craft brewery O/O Brewing is this packaging for its Long Boil Barley Wine, which isn’t actually a wine, but a beer that’s produced in small batches once a year. Like wine, however, it “will not taste best fresh,” so try, if you can, to resist the temptation to crack one open and let these bottles age to “allow them to develop a new complexity.”
“To distinguish this beer from the design and concept of the main line, we devised a strict and elegant typographic solution,” Lundgren+Lindqvist says. “The condensed type allows for a large, impactful headline, while making sure that the system is flexible enough for coming titles of different lengths.” Coming titles, you say? We’ll clear some space on our aging rack, stat.
Udol, by Christian Úbeda
Time for an actual beer now. This graphic number for Udol Belgian Dark Ale comes courtesy of Spanish designer Christian Úbeda. The identity uses only black, white, and various shades of gray alongside large, bold type; with the pixels clearly shown to create a sort of DIY zine vibe. When the labels are laid flat and in stationery designs for the product, there’s a lovely Bauhaus-esque pattern that’s formed from circles, semi-circles, and grids.
Lone Wolf, by B&B
Self-styled punk brewery BrewDog drafted London agency B&B for its first foray into the world of “craft spirits,” a gin named Lone Wolf. A geometric abstraction of a wolf’s head houses the simple, all-caps wordmark written in “a modest typewriter font, imperfect and intimate, inspired by the notes made by the distiller,” says B&B. The silicone band isn’t just for looks, either; it apparently holds the label in place. Functionality? We’ll toast to that.