Hangar 24 Craft Brewery in Redlands, California, is named for the airport to which it is adjacent, so the airplane theme was probably a gimme for their designer. The clean nostalgia of their retro theme was not.
First, the logo:
Simple and clean, if nothing to write home about. The barley grains are a nice subtle element that make the logo resemble pilot wings. The marbling effect of the logo gives us a hint that this is going to be a throwback type of design. As we'll see in their labels and six-pack holders, the sepia toning and deco simplicity only add to this.
A few things to check out if you've got the time this holiday season.
- Stan Hieronymus is hosting a great discussion on "regular" versus "extreme" beer right now on his blog.
- The Beer Cartel guys on the Aussie craft beer boom.
- Wine Enthusiast's Top 25 Beers (via Jack Curtin) and The NY Observer's 5 most important US craft beer figures (both good debate fodder).
- Jeff Alworth soliciting nominations for the Dismal Malty Substances Awards. I nominated the Collaborative Evil 2010 as the worst label of the year.