Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash White: popping the top on a classic

challenge

Pulp+Wire was challenged to thoughtfully transition Allagash Brewing Company’s flagship beer, Allagash White, from bottle to can.

The iconic Belgian-style wheat beer that started it all 25 years ago, had been in bottles since the beginning. It was critical to preserve the legacy of the original label that consumers know well, while also modernizing the overall aesthetic as the beer moved to cans.

solution

Working closely with the original Allagash While label illustration, Pulp+Wire chose not to simply put the same label design on the can but to modernize the look. We chose to tell the story of the brand and the Allagash River. The can has a different vantage point of the river than the original design; we hiked a bit further up the trail to see the river, its melting ice caps, and build a fresh new story from a new perspective.

A key theme of the project was about coming full circle with reverence to where the brand started and where it will continue to grow; Pulp+Wire Brand Strategist, Bryan Wiggins was the original designer of the Allagash Brewing Company brand and Allagash White bottle label and was instrumental on in all phases of ideation, layout, illustration, and storytellings.

But what is a good design team without a great client? The Allagash Brewing Co. creative team was supportive and excited about the pivot in design. We raise a glass to the partnership, the brand, and the evolution of the beer that started it all. (And to the beer community that has embraced the design!)

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