The Personal Touch!
Personalized beer bottle labels are a simple, easy, and highly enjoyable activity for any home brewer. Right from the start of your brewing journey you can dream of that next beer, still bubbling away in its fermenter while you lovingly continue making your own beer labels.
Today I want to share some resources with you, not only on how to make your own beer label, but also some resources on where to find good images, templates, and even printing if you want to go for the truly professional touch. If you make your own beer label using the resources below, leave a comment and let me know how your product turned out!
This can be the tricky part for professional brewers – if you are going to sell your beer, you need to own all the images. For home brewers, though, you can use any image you want – after all, they are your private, personalized beer bottle labels. Here are some places to get started.
- Your own personal photos and artworks
- Wikimedia.org or Sxc.hu for images you can use for free
- I personally love using Chinese and Japanese characters
- Graphic Designers (available cheaply on fiverr.com)
I always used to use labels which fit on an A-4 sheet of paper and then print them myself. This still works, but there are a couple of drawbacks. First, the neck-labels never really fit on my bottles properly. Second, the labels were never meant to actually get wet – so once liquid was in my bottles, the condensation tended to ruin all my hard work.
Eventually I discovered that you can use label templates from professional home brew label maker companies, which streamlined everything. You might like these ones:
Of course, you are under no obligation to buy labels from them. It just gives you a great starting point for custom beer bottle labels. You might also decide to use a home brew label maker!
Bringing it All Together
By now you probably have all the right ingredients: A description of your beer, the graphics you’ll use, and a template that fits your bottles nicely. Now, just put it all together! When I was still printing labels myself I would usually use Word and Paint as I am really no good with Photoshop.
Later, however, I decided that the time taken was too great. If you have a few extra coins in your pocket and you are time poor, or if you will be giving your beers out for a special occasion, try a professional home brew label maker like the ones below:
For a small fee, they will produce as few as 25 beer-proof labels for you to stick directly onto your beer bottles.
For a really slick option, you can use Beer Clings. You will need to get them professionally made, but they are reusable and seriously awesome. Get your concept together and check this out.
By now you should have everything you need to make your home made beer stand out and impress everyone you know. You’ve found your images, produced a template of your design, printed it (or had it printed), and it are now proudly announcing your beer to the world, begging to be drunk.
Show us your label!
Do you have a label you are proud of, or one you are thinking of having printed? Ask for feedback in the comments! You can also share your favorite labeling comments and ask any questions.