American Craft Beer.com is all about craft beer's imaging and design.
We think that a beer's presentation, its artwork and its packaging, matter. Sometimes what's on a beer's can or bottle is just as important as what is in it. A beer's artwork or design can add or detract from the overall experience and maybe even how you feel about what you're drinking.
We feel so strongly about the value of the beer's imaging that we've even made rating a beer's "vibe" a part of how we rate a beer in our "Serious Top 50" and it's why we we're so excited to hear about this year's first-ever "Canny" Awards!
According to their press release, the "Canny" Awards honor craft beer and the distinctive graphics created in an industry known for unique brands and brews. The competition is sponsored by four leading suppliers to the canned craft beer industry – Ball Corporation, Cask Brewing Systems, Hi-Cone and Mumm Products.
During this inaugural competition, 83 craft breweries submitted 231 entries in seven categories.
The Craft Can of the Year went to Bitter American Extra Pale Ale by 21st Amendment Brewery.
Second place went to The Corruption IPA by DC Brau and third place to Johnny's American IPA by Moab Brewery.
Category winning entries include:
•Best Shelf Presence: Johnny's American IPA by Moab Brewery
•Best Graphics Design: Diesel by Six Points Brewery
•Best Use of Color: Pearl-Snap German-Style Pils by Austin Beerworks
•Best Seasonal: Santa Fe Oktoberfest by Santa Fe Brewing Co.
•Best Character: Bitter American Extra Pale Ale by 21st Amendment Brewery
•Best Illustration of Beer Name: Hop-A-Potamus Double Dark Rye Pale Ale by Great River Brewery
•Best Local Tie-In (State, Town, Geography, Local Activity): Colorado Kolsh Ale by Steamworks Brewing Co.
Awards were presented during the Craft Brewers Conference, May 2-5 in San Diego, California