Wyndridge Farm wanted to create a canned series of seasonal beers and hard ciders. To differentiate their offering, they decided they didn’t want to follow the rest of the craft beverage companies and call it a Seasonal Series. They chose a more creative approach and tied it in with their logo – a scarf wearing fox – and called it “The Hunt Series.”
Branding “The Hunt Series” Beer
holberg design decided to utilize The Hunt Series can design to help expose the Wyndridge Farm logo to the craft beer community. Up until this point the logo took a back seat to the other animals on the front of the bottles and was located on the back of the labels. We decided it was time to highlight Wyndridge’s scarf-wearing fox and offered a clean, fresh look that would stand out on the shelves among the other “in your face, edgy” competition. The colors on the can were pulled from the color palette created during the original brand build.
Branding “The Hunt Series” Cider”
To stay within the newly designed Hunt Series concept, holberg design chose to incorporate the wood grain, which is used on the cider case design, as well as the cider 6-pack design. The woodgrain is being used on the ciders to help the consumers differentiate between The Hunt Series cider and the beer.
Package Design: holberg design’s Work Highlighted In BeerAdvocate Magazine
holberg design’s label designs for Wyndridge Farm’s beer line and the Barn Dog packaging was featured in a “Label Approval” article in BeerAdvocate magazine.
BeerAdvocate is a leading beer enthusiast magazine powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer. According to its website, BeerAdvocate.com has grown into the largest and most diverse beer community online and is now widely considered the go-to website for news, reviews, gossip and guidance about beer. BeerAdvocate regularly lists selected beer labels that grab their eye and peak their interest. They reached out to us in order to know the back-story behind the labels. We are very proud of the design team’s work on these labels and still get excited every time we see them on the shelves or in the pubs. It’s also very rewarding to get recognition on these designs from such an industry-leading magazine.
holberg design created the beer labels to fit the overall brand of Wyndridge farm. Wyndridge is an elegant farm that celebrates life. Many of the animals that are featured on the labels (and the Wyndridge logo design itself) are creatures that visit the farm for some fun. And, they are dressed for the party. This fits the branding of elegant, farm and fun.
Let’s face it, there are a lot of nicely designed beer labels out there right now, and holberg had some work to do. Our job was to not only capture the brand, but to also design labels and packaging that stands out from the crowd and pops on the retail shelves. Finally, Wyndridge is a premium product, using great ingredients like Madagascar vanilla beans and Ghana cacao nibs. The labels and packaging need to convey that the beverage contained within is not a mass-produced, big-box beverage.
Wyndridge Farm is located in South Central Pennsylvania. Wyndridge is fully renovated historic American farm that contain picturesque views of green fields. Rustic but elegant, Wyndridge has the heart of a historic Pennsylvania farm … with a soul that celebrates life. If you would like to visit Wyndridge for tours, tastings, events and world-class food – visit the site.
Interested in seeing more of the Wyndridge label designs? See them here.
Branding: Creative Style Of Labeling Adds To The Experience
There’s no denying that humans love alcohol. Whether we are enjoying a nice glass of wine with a meal, a beer at a sporting event, a Scotch in our quintessential, bull dog-accessorized mahogany lounge, or the fifth rum and coke at a club, a drink can help to compliment, enhance, or even alter the mood of an experience. While this may not always be for the better, and since alcohol doesn’t always return the love back to us humans, it’s a known fact to be conservative with consumption.
Now, while that sounds a lot like a PSA for drinking sensibly, it can instead be spun to open up the discussion of craft beverages. With local beers making leaps to popularity in the last handful of years, a similar trend in the production of craft spirits is coming to the forefront. Central PA Magazine’s winter 2016 issue devotes an article to this topic, discussing whiskey, gin, brandy, and vodka-producing area-specific distillers making waves in this field. While bigger cities across the country have already embraced this trend, the sprawl of similar distilleries into the realm of smaller towns is an exciting development. Pat Devlin, CEO of Tattered Flag Brewery & Still Works in Middletown, accredits success to the consumer’s desire for local ingredients in carefully made spirits that are unique, flavorful, and specific to the area.
Overall, this makes total sense. People love fostering pride in the city or town in which they live, and enjoying local products is one way to do so. However, with specificity and smaller-batch distilling comes a shift in price. While this increase typically isn’t dramatic, the change is more or less felt in the bar atmosphere, particularly at one that sells handcrafted cocktails with original ingredients – another recent trend that puts these special spirits to good and tasty use. Notably, the prices of these cocktails can be quite searing, which may be viewed as a negative side effect. Yet, this typically helps to control consumption amongst those of us who aren’t of Rockefeller decent, tying the discussion back to the increasing practice of savoring alcohol.
Creative Style Of Labeling Adds To The Experience
Now, while we’re not discrediting that there is a special time and place for those sloppy Smirnoff nights, the rising trend in stepping out for a cocktail or two made with flavorful, often tastier distilled spirits is becoming prevalent with the increased desire to sip and savor – and in branding’s favor, many of these product designs are sculpted to fit the visual bill. Looking at labels and bottles for both craft spirits and beer alike, the general aesthetic is sophisticated yet artsy with a homemade edge. This unique, creative style of labeling adds particular tangibility to the experience and envelops the consumer in a positive, gratifying mindset – I’m worth it.
These successes aren’t without room for improvement, however. To quote Basil Papoutsis of the Shawneetown Distillery, “a lot of these guys can make super whiskey, but they aren’t marketers,” and it’s true – it’s terribly difficult to turn out good product, run a business, package and label, and still have time to promote any of these aspects. Thus, many distilleries turn to businesses like holberg design for marketing, branding, and design elements, and needless to say – for the good of the spirit! – we are always happy to help.
Come to holberg design for all of your branding and marketing needs.
holberg design Captures Brand Essence With A 30-Second TV Spot
If a company wants to make a bold marketing statement, most turn to logos, billboards, online ads, and other such media for production and distribution. But when it comes to video commercial work, smaller companies often opt out. What may seem like a complicated process – scripting, storyboarding, production, editing, and so on – takes time, expertise, and hard work, but when teaming up with talented, professional individuals, the final video can be impactful, exciting, and highly effective.
Wyndridge Farm (located in York, PA) asked holberg design to capture their brand essence for their first 30-second television beverage commercial. One challenge is that the TV commercial is brief, and needed to tell the whole story in thirty seconds. holberg design handled creative concept, art direction, copywriting, animation and brand development. holberg then hired Hayman Studio, the areas top commercial photography and video studio, to handle cinematography, editing and sound design. holberg first started with a solid script, keeping the tone of copy in line with the brand’s voice. We then quickly moved on to storyboarding, location scouting, and content development – all before shooting the actual video footage. Covering all of these bases extensively before helps the filming process to go as smoothly as possible, and in the end, we had all the shots we needed in a little less than eight hours. Hayman studio expertly captured the beauty of the farm and brewery all in one day.
In essence, the thirty-second commercial needed to fit the style of the brewery – highlighting a farm theme – with the main goal to communicate Wyndridge’s identity and include sufficient “beauty shots” of the branding label designs. Since most consumers identify the product by the logos and labels, it was important to spotlight these visuals in the commercial. After all, selling the video to the fan base is the critical conclusion to all of the hard work.
And in the case of the Wyndridge commercial, a grand finale it has been! Having posted the finished video on the Wyndridge Farm Facebook page, in under a week, the view count has soared to an amazing 55,000 – from that single outlet alone. An exciting accomplishment for all of us involved in the creative and developmental process! It’s always rewarding to see our clients receive the attention they deserve, and playing a role in the success story is what keeps us going!
If you’re thinking of expanding your marketing reach with some video work, holberg design can help you bring your ideas to life.
In the branding and marketing world, very few things come close to the flattery and satisfaction found when the intentions driving a brand makeover manifest in customer interaction. Upon visiting Wyndridge Farm a handful of weeks ago, we had the privilege of seeing some of our hard work pay off in this exact way.
For the sake of setting the scene, it’s important to know that when we were developing the Wyndridge brand, we decided to use a unified visual theme amongst the products as opposed to multiple designs, i.e. a different visual direction for the ciders, the beers, the sodas, etc. This decision was made with the intention of focusing all of the products around Wyndridge’s own North Star: the farm itself. By doing so, customers tracing the deliciously brewed beverages back to their place of origin will find the Wyndridge restaurant, gift shop, and venue – three other key aspects to the business’ overall success.
With this in mind, you can imagine our excitement when, enjoying a lunch meeting at Wyndridge, we were introduced to two women – Tina and Jill – who had come upon the restaurant simply by following the brand! They explained that after sampling some of the brewery products elsewhere, they had saved one of the bottle caps, researched the brand, discovered the restaurant, took a tour of the grounds, and even decided to have an upcoming wedding at the events venue. This was quite literal manifestation of our brand direction in motion – cohesive logo, messaging, and content design bringing these two particular customers back to the farm, just as intended.
In the end, this branding success story was a very proud moment for holberg design, as it provided an exciting look into how our work directly affects customers. Shout out to Tina and Jill for making our day!