For the past several weeks the BYO office has been overrun with envelopes and boxes for the annual label contest. This year's judging was the hardest yet, as competitors definitely brought their "A" game and we had to choose from more entries than ever. Entrants utilized not only the normal label canvas but also expanded into the 3-D realm and hand painting their bottles. We received entries everywhere from as far away as Brazil and New Zealand. Overall, labels were an eclectic mix, drawing inspiration from a wide range of ideas: a musical instrument, the family dog, a prized piece of artwork, a (sometimes) clever pun, and a lost love.
We'd like to thank everyone who entered this year for your dedication to creativity not only in the brew kettle but also on the bottle. The judging process was not easy, but we had a great time choosing this year's winning designs. Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to our sponsors for providing all of the great prizes. The process doesn't stop here, either. We hope you're already working on your best designs for next year!
John Thompson • Encinitas, California
For his "Don't Trip" Belgian-style tripel, John felt intimidated by the style's listing as one of the ten hardest styles to brew by BYO. "I wanted the label for 'Don't Trip' to depict the uneasiness I felt with this batch," he said. "The mantra 'don't trip' was uttered at each stage of the [brewing] process." He then spiraled this mantra down the label's staircase so it can be read at any angle.
Ron Campbell · Stanfield, North Carolina
Ron designed this label for his neighbor, who owns a music shop called Ron’s Pickin’ Parlor. “I used the sign at his shop as the guide for the label,” Ron said. “The strings were an afterthought!”
Kevin leDoux • Seattle, Washington
Inspired by the classic movie "A Christmas Story," Kevin created this label from hand drawn and manipulated images. "Plus, at 9+%, there is a real and present danger of this happening if more than one bottle is consumed," he wrote.
Marie-Pier Bouchard • Carignan, Quebec
Marie-Pier created this label for her boyfriend and his brother's maple bacon beer. "The title of the beer was a reminder of the actor, so when I did the label, I drew a pig with a little rock star attitude," she said.
Arielle Katarina • Tampa, Florida
Jeremy Sexton • Austin, Texas
Brian Miller • Sonora, California
Matthew Ducey, Jr. • Severna Park, Maryland
Eric Scheel • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Michael Carkido • Poland, Ohio
Dave Sanders • Winona, Minnesota
Keith Palma • Raleigh, North Carolina
Gretchen Bracher • Philomath, Oregon
Greg Piecora/Nancy Blauers • Geneva, Florida
R. Christopher Vest • Dolores, Colorado
Ronaldo Dutra Ferreira • Florianópolis, Brasil
Mike Lanzafame • Union, New Jersey
Caleb Whitenack • Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Steven Franks • The Colony, Texas
Michael Lane • Las Vegas, Nevada
Duane Winkler • San Antonio, Texas
Keith Hartman • Columbia, Pennsylvania
Duane Stephens • Blue Springs, Missouri
Ben Halter • Roswell, Georgia
Jim Wasco • Pacifica, California
Ollie Tomb • Victorville, California
Jacob Hornick/Laura Mechling/Maureen Smith • Hershey, Pennsylvania
Hannah Strong • Miles City, Montana
Jennifer Monette/Nancy and Scott Monette • Royalston, Massachusetts
Bryan Llewellyn • Allison Park, Pennsylvania
Tom Guzick/Tom Spatifore • Meadville, Pennsylvania
Chris Merritt • Olympia, Washington
Chad Burdette • Albany, New York
John Scott • Redwood City, California