Last year, Zipline Brewing partnered with Harbour Brewing of North Cornwall, England, to create a limited edition beer. For the international collaboration, they brewed a Baltic Porter (an imperial porter historically brewed in England) right here in Lincoln, Nebraska — which they packaged in 750ml bottles.
When approached by Zipline, we noticed that, from an aesthetic standpoint, the two breweries shared a very similar minimalistic industrial style. Similar to the template we set up for Zipline, Harbour Brewing’s design partner, A-Side Studio, had created a very simple system that spans their entire beer line.
We believed that a collaboration label between the two breweries should have design elements unique to each, borrowing the distinguishing parts from both.
Harbour’s labels furnished:
- Color horizontally splitting the label
- Bold, oversized horizontal type
- Dashed cartography lines
Zipline’s labels lent:
- Zipline’s fonts and left aligned type
- Horizontal zip line cable
- Style/placement of vertical government warning and details
Below, I’ve illustrated how a “Baltic Porter” beer name would be applied to each brewery’s layouts, and then the final collaboration label.
The team at Zipline liked the new label so much that it dictated a shift in the style of their entire line of 750 ml bottles, which you can see and purchase at area liquor grocery stores.