Making Beer Labels

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Making Beer Labels
Unlabeled beers are a mystery to the drinker. (Bottle with beer on a white reflecting surface image by Alexander Oshvintsev from Fotolia.com)

Home brewing beer is a popular "do it yourself" hobby. For home brewers who bottle rather than keg their beer, one of the side challenges presented by the hobby is how to mark their brews so that it is immediately obvious what each bottle is. While some brewers opt for extremely simple techniques like writing the batch number on each cap with a marker, it is not difficult to create basic beer labels at home from scratch.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Computer with graphics software
  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • Label sheets

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Create a new document in your graphics program. The document should be no larger than 5 1/2 inches wide by 4 1/4 inches tall in order to fit properly on a standard beer bottle. Give the document a resolution of 300 dpi if you are not using a vector graphics program.

  2. 2

    Draw a 3-inch-wide rectangle, as tall as the document, in the centre of your label. This rectangle will serve as a guide to show you what will be visible to someone looking directly at the front of a beer bottle with your label on it. Since the rectangle is a guide for you and not part of the label itself, give it its own layer or otherwise keep it separate from your label artwork.

  3. 3

    Draw your beer label in the document. Keep the name of the beer, the name of the beer style and the main illustration for the label within the central rectangle so that they will be visible at a glance, and add any descriptions or other information outside of the rectangle. Depending on your own aesthetics, you can use any style you like in drawing the label.

  4. 4

    Delete the guide rectangle.

  5. 5

    Print a test copy of your label on regular paper using the printer you will be using for the final labels.

  6. 6

    Cut the test label out, and hold or tape it against an unlabeled beer bottle to see how it looks. Make sure to examine it from all sides.

  7. 7

    Make any alterations you feel are necessary to the label document, and then make another test label and examine it as before. Repeat this process until you are satisfied with the label.

  8. 8

    Print the final labels out on your choice of printable label sheets (available at office supply stores). Cut them out, peel off the paper backing and stick the labels on the bottles.

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