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Best Beer Labels of 2020 | Staff Picks | GrogTag

GrogTag Staff Picks For 2020

We're honored to have been a part of so many fun moments for you in 2020! From weddings to birthdays, first batches of homebrew to brewery staples, you made labels for them all. We sat down to pick our favorites from last years Hall of Fame winners, and give a little explaination as to why they stuck with us so well.

Todd’s Picks

MonkeyCorn

MonkeyCorn

To actually envision a MonkeyCorn swinging through the trees spearing high hanging fruit in mid flight brings a small tear to my eye. It would give any legendary creature a run for his money in my book. And the plaid is a nice touch of sophistication for such a majestic primate.

10w40 Stout

10w40 Stout

The alcohol content alone says you can also clean parts of that old truck. Let's get lubed up on some 10w40 Oatmeal Stout and start telling lies.

Dave’s Picks

Chainsaw hands

Chainsaw hands

A skeleton in a spacesuit with chainsaws for hands. Do I really need to say anything more?

I feel like there was a sweet Heavy Metal riff playing while I said that. It just sounds awesome and I don’t need anymore information. It’s like someone describing the plot of John Wick, “So, they kill Keanu’s dog and he shoots everybody and-” then I hold up my hand “No, you can stop talking. I’m already on board.” And chainsaw hands effectively does the same thing. It’s mysterious, interesting, a little bit dangerous, and gets me hooked in right away.

Is it a good beer? Why did they pick the name or the cover art? Is there a tragic story behind the skull with the chainsaws for hands? I don’t know, but I intend to find out. It’s the beer name version of “you had me at ‘hello’”. 

Stop… you had me at chainsaw hands.

You are what you wheat

You are what you wheat

If there’s one thing that I truly love in this world... it’s beer puns. And I'm lucky enough to live in the golden age of these doub-Ale entendres (see what I did there?). Whether it's classics like replacing “hazy” with “crazy” and the always popular, “porter? I hardly know ‘er?” or something like "Citra Ass Down" or "IPA lot", beer puns are fun puns. They let me imagine a brewer spending hours over a hot kettle thinking about the perfect pun or play on words to use with the beer. “Wheat your vegetables? No. Wheat Stroke? No. In the Wheat of the night? No. Wait! I’ve got it! You are what you wheat!!!”

It makes me happy. Also the art makes me think of the commercials that tried to sell me cereal and soda when I was a kid, which totally worked on me then and totally works on me now.

Sandra's Picks

Blind Wiener Brewing

Blind Wiener Brewing

Who doesn’t love Weiner dogs that drinks beer! Great and clean coaster design that makes you thirsty just looking at it. Oh and can y’all also tell I have a Weiner dog?

Backyard Brewing

Backyard Brewing

This label is beautifully and elegantly designed. The color hues contrasts perfectly all around. This label gives off an relaxing vibe where you can sit back, relax and drink your beautifully labeled beverage! 

Drea's Picks 

Iso-Lation

Iso-Lation

It's comforting to see that a beer is as isolated as I am. It's so isolated that "iso" and "lation" aren't even on the same line. Something about this color palette also reminds me of Outside Lands and is making me miss music festivals.

Steam Waves

Steam Waves

I have this portrait in my house of a bear hugging a surfboard lookin all cute and cuddly....I like to think this is the badass side of him. He's out there shooting the tube, carving waves, snatching up fish for meals at every bottom turn...some kook drops in on him and he wipes out...he eats said kook...shark warnings are now replaced by bear warnings.

Jason's Picks

Deck Brothers

Deck Brothers

I'm a sucker for labels with family and freinds on them. There's just something really nice and loving about putting people in your life on a lable of your own beer - I can't explain it. On the one hand it's such a small, simple gesture, but maybe that's what makes it mean more? I dunno, but this was one of my favorites. 

Lord Gourdemort

Lord Gourdemort

I'm gonna say it: I like pumpkin spiced beers. There, it's out, and I stand by it. While they aren't things I drink by the 6-pack (or the 4-pack), they deserve a bit more credit than they get. Much like this label. It ticks all the boxes for me - puns, good photoshop work, jack-o-lanterns, and a clever Harry Potter reference. 

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