Results of the Beer Label Design Awards 2019

By , 13 March 2019



Results of the second annual Beer Label Design Awards proudly sponsored by self-adhesive label supplier Rotolabel, with Synchron and UPM Raflatac, in a secondary capacity, were announced earlier this evening at Hazendal in Stellenbsoch.

The competition seeks to reward the best design and packaging for beer made in South Africa and judging criteria include originality of concept, execution, shelf appeal and effectiveness as a piece of communication.

A total of 31 entries were received, 15 of those receiving awards. Gold went to Hoghouse Brewing Co. Haybale Saison and the Flatrock series of beers while The People’s Choice Award, determined by online public voting, went to Karoo Craft Breweries series.

For full results, download the following: BLDA 2019 Report

To view the award winners, click here.

To view a gallery of images from yesterday’s awrds function, click here.


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    Charles Withington | 15 March 2019

    Help me here someone .. WINEmag by name and nature has Wine as a focus point. So come label award time and one would assume labels at least wine and wine related. Enter :- Cape Brandy .. 100% distilled from wine. Alas no room yet at the inn ! By “design” or neglect. Maybe next year it will be granted beer status.

    Carel Pienaar | 14 March 2019

    Hello Winemag

    I am sure you don’t want to spend days defending the results of the competition, but one thing that I seriously have to question is the De Grendel label winning anything. When last did you put Anthony Lane labels next to each other? I’ll help you with a quick one – get yourself a bottle of Eagles’ Nest Shiraz, a bottle of Tokara Reserve Shiraz and a bottle of De Grendel Koetshuis or any of their premium wines. Now add that cider that you awarded to the mix. They are identical with different words on them and subtle changes. That’s not a fresh idea. That’s copy and paste design.

      Christian Eedes | 14 March 2019

      Hi Carel, You are of course not wrong that gold on black is a much used motif when it comes to wine label design (Eikendal, Ernie Els Signatue and Vergelegen V are other examples that spring to mind) but what the panel liked in the case of the De Grendel cider was the idea of giving a relatively humble beverage a de luxe, almost Champagne-like feel.

        Carel Pienaar | 14 March 2019

        By making it look like everything else they’ve designed in the past 15 years? To me that feels like luxury in the Fiat Uno/pot noodle/Albany white bread/PnP rotisserie chicken/slap chips in a hollowed out white bread kind of way. Hardly anything Champagne about it. Unless you’re from Bellville South and equates the term “champagne” with JC le Roux and its pretty red bow. Sorry – you screwed that one up.

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