Mutineer Magazine isn't technically a blog, but many of its contributors (Like Ashley Routson) have roots in the blogosphere. Mutineer recently sponsored a collaboration beer with New Holland called the Mutinous Battle Chai. As you might imagine, I was waiting anxiously to see the design:
I think it's solid. There's no overreaching, just a straightforward three-color design, centered around a medieval-like shield crest. The bolt-like shadows add a little bit of complexity and the slant of the wording gives it a little dynamic image.
I also wanted to acknowledge Mutineer's other design effort, which is the award-winning work of their advertising studio, Plumbline. Here are a few of the award-winning subscription ads:
I love the work (especially love the Mad Men tinge of the last one and the tattoo love on the middle one), and I'd post them all if I had space. The Flickrstream for all eight is here at the Mutineer ad Flickrstream,
Alan McLeod of the aptly named A Good Beer Blog is another of those beer writers I love, and while I disagreed with him about Andy Crouch's whole blogging debacle two weeks ago, he remains a great voice and scholar on beer. He's lately been a bit obsessed with the idea of Albany Ale, a historical beer that was made in the early US and continues to inspire Alan and others to dig and research further. This research led to a project, which has led to a logo:
I actually love this logo. As you've seen from other stuff I've critiqued, I like it when forms are created from words and symbols. The skyline of Albany is an amusing little touch as the stein's crown, with the arcing text creating a nice visual cap for the image.
There are few beer bloggers whose writing I read with as much respect and joy as I do "Velky Al," of the blog Fuggled. A homebrewer and writer, he's now in Prague, providing an awesome (and rare) English-language voice into Central Europe's beer scene, as well as commentary on things that happen back stateside.
Some time ago, he talked about his homebrewing outfit, which he has named "Green Dragon Brewing" and this label he produced for it:
His friend Rob from Optadesign produced this: