Making your own home brew is an enjoyable hobby with obvious benefits. Not only can you be creative and style beer to fit your own personal tastes, but you can share your expertise with friends and family. Home brew makes a terrific gift for any occasion and your friends will be impressed with your ingenuity and skill. Creating a personalised label for your gift brew is just another way to express your style. Small breweries and home brewers can really have fun with their labels and with today’s desktop publishing software nothing should stop you from creating a cool look for your home brand brew. Here’s how.
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Things you need
- Microsoft Word
- Blank name badge paper for your printer
Get your blank labels. Blank name badges that can be printed from a home printer are perfect for home brew labels and are readily available at any office supply store. Although they may seem small, they will fit on the bottle perfectly and give you plenty of room to be creative.
Get a template. Your name badge packet will have information on how to format your paper in Word, but you can also get a template online via Microsoft Office online or at the Avery website. Using a template takes the guesswork out of formatting and makes getting started even easier.
Select your artwork and style. Think about what kind of look you want your home brew label to have. You can go classic with an old English look or more modern with a photo of yourself or something funny to bring a smile to your patron’s face.
Once you select your artwork, simply insert it into the blank label template. To do this go to "Insert From File" and then select your jpeg. file. Resize as you like, making sure you have enough room for other information.
Type in the type of brew, date and any other details you want to include. Pick a font that matches the feeling and style of your artwork so, if it’s funny and casual, go with a Comic Sans type font, if you are going Old English, use an Old English font.
Design different looks for different style beers. For example, a Pale Ale label may be bright and light, and Stout may have a darker more foreboding look. Play around with different looks until you come up with a signature appearance or theme.
Print the labels on the best settings to make sure your images and graphics are clear and crisp. Peel and stick onto a clean, dry bottle and you are ready to present them to friends.
Tips and warnings
- Look at other home brew labels or microbrewery labels to get some ideas of appropriate artwork and style.
- If you are truly confounded by making your own labels, there are plenty of companies out there that are happy to do the work for you.
- Do a test run on regular paper to check your layout before printing your labels.
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