18 Massachusetts Craft Beers With Awesome Labels

March 13, 2014 6:35 AM

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(Photo by Juergen Schwarz/Getty Images)

(Photo by Juergen Schwarz/Getty Images)

Recently, the (unsanctioned) CBS Boston Craft Beer Panel got to chatting about some of the awesome beer labels that Massachusetts breweries have been cranking out.

While we often find time to appreciate the actual products, our (unsanctioned) crew has not done due justice in its appreciation of the fantastic artwork that goes hand-in-hand with the craft. So, we pulled a bunch of labels and took a vote.

In no particular order, here is an excuse for us to buy more local craft beer are eighteen labels that are among the greatest in Massachusetts craft beer.

1775 (Photo from Battle Road Brewing)

1775 (Photo from Battle Road Brewing)

1. Battle Road Brewing Company “1775”

Battle Road Brewing Company contracts out of Ipswich. Their signature beer, 1775 Tavern Ale is a tribute to the legend that much of the U.S. Revolution was planned over beers.

Lobstah Killah (Photo from Slumbrew)

Lobstah Killah (Photo from Slumbrew)

2. Slumbrew “Lobstah Killah”

Putting the name “Lobster” on a beer has been done. But, with a deranged lobster fleeing the scene of an inferno, Slumbrew’s label offers a not-so-subtle hint that at 8.0 % ABV, the Lobstah Killah Imperial Red Ale packs a pretty potent punch.

Lovely Saint Winefride (Photo from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project)

Lovely Saint Winefride (Photo from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project)

3. Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project “Lovely Saint Winefride”

The story goes that Saint Winefride had her head lopped off when she decided to become a nun. It was reattached and she made a miraculous full recovery. Just the same, Pretty Things was hoping that its German “Brown” pre-war style lager that is Lovely Saint Winefride, makes a miraculous comeback in popularity.

 Jojo (Photo from Nightshift Brewing)

Jojo (Photo from Nightshift Brewing)

4. Nightshift Brewing Company “Jojo”

The Nightshift Brewing Company’s night owl logo is pretty simple, but pretty cool. And it makes perfect sense.

Miracle Mike (Photo from Clown Shoes)

Miracle Mike (Photo from Clown Shoes)

5. Clown Shoes Beer “Miracle Mike”

Sadly, Miracle Mike is no longer in production. But, out of all Clownshoes’ spectacular and sometimes controversial labels, this one was probably the coolest. We actually met Miracle Mike at a beer festival. He’s a real guy, and he was in full costume. He drives forklift in the Clownshoes warehouse. How many people do you know who can say their face is on a beer label? Also cool – a portion of the proceeds from this brew went to charity.

Lost Sailor (Photo from Berkshire Brewing Company)

Lost Sailor (Photo from Berkshire Brewing Company)

6. Berkshire Brewing Company “Lost Sailor IPA”

What do you do with a drunken sailor? Put him on the label of Berkshire Brewing Company’s Lost Sailor IPA, that’s what.

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