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Craft Brewery Branding: 6 Ways to Build Trust Through Beer Labels


In a crowded market, beer drinkers want to feel confident that they’ve made the right choice. The problem is that without any nearby samples, the average consumer has to judge a book by its cover.

Fortunately, that cover can do a lot to build confidence in your craft brewery’s brand. There are multiple factors that play a role in beer selection. Your beer label is the perfect tool to make a first impression and tell interested consumers what your product is all about. Here are six ways that your beer labels can help you build trust with your customers.

A craft beer bottle with custom craft brewery branding.

Brewed on and Best By Dates

No craft beer lover wants to drink something that’s past its prime. While you can print date codes on the neck of your bottle, adding more details on your label is one way to engender trust with consumers. Including a brewed by date or a best by date will help potential buyers feel confident that your beers are still fresh.

Serving Facts and Ingredient Information

While beer labels are exempt from listing ingredients and nutritional information that doesn’t mean you can’t add them anyway. There’s a reason why massive beer industry brands like Bud Light chose to add serving facts labels in 2019 – it makes them look good.

Simply put, consumers like having as much information as possible. Including your ingredients, serving facts, or other nutritional information is just another way to add transparency about what’s in your beer. Even something as simple as tasting notes will give customers more details to digest before deciding if your beer is right for them.

Local Pride

A little local pride can go a long way toward attracting new customers. Brewery location is one of the top factors consumers consider when choosing craft beer according to Craft Brewing Business – and your labels are a perfect opportunity to play up that local connection.

Just how much does amplifying your local roots boost confidence for regional buyers? Craft Brewing Business learned that “locally brewed” was the most attractive claim to Americans in a survey of craft beer drinkers. Fortunately, your label is the perfect place to proclaim your local pride. There are multiple ways to do this – emblazon your labels with “brewed in [blank],” adjust your design to highlight local ties, etc. – and each can be the extra edge you need to attract new customers.

Craft Beer Sustainability

One major purchasing trend in recent years is the push to support green businesses. That trend is no stranger to craft beer branding. According to a Purdue University study, roughly “75 percent of beer consumers are willing to pay premiums for beer brewed using environmentally sustainable practices.” These practices include:

  • Water conservation
  • Energy use reduction
  • Landfill diversion

Your label is the perfect place to showcase your sustainability initiatives and create consumer confidence in your products. There are a few ways that you can communicate your sustainability efforts. The Environmental Protection Agency allows businesses to add ecolabel seals to their packaging if they meet certain environmental performance criteria.

You could also take sustainability to the next level with certain label materials. Utilizing paper materials made with post-consumer waste, including those certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). By marking your products with an FSC label, you can show your consumers that your labels came from responsibly managed forests and that your company is doing its part to take care of the world’s forests.

Your Craft Brewery’s Personality

Remember when we said that brewery location was one of the top factors people consider when buying craft beer? It turns out that the brewery itself is another major consideration for potential patrons.

People naturally like to have a connection with the brands they support. Using your label to tell your brewery’s story is one way to get people to grow closer to your brand. Don’t be afraid to showcase your personality through your label – that identity is a big part of what makes your brewery different than the competition. In turn, people can feel confident that they’re supporting a one-of-a-kind business instead of just another brewery.

Multiple cans with custom craft beer branding.

Consistent Quality

According to a survey from C+R Research, 76 percent of people who enjoy alcohol say that price doesn’t influence their decision to buy craft beer. Instead, the top two factors driving people toward craft beer are taste and quality. Simply put, craft beer drinkers don’t want to waste their time on a substandard product – they simply want a great beer.

Fortunately, your beer labels play a pivotal role in conveying the quality of your product. A quality, eye-catching label sends a clear message to consumers that you take your products seriously. Of course, your design is just one part of an attractive beer label. It takes a good label printing company to help your beers dress for success.

At Blue Label, we have the experts and technology to help you get the most out of your beer labels. Our team works with you throughout the printing process to not only enhance your design, but also protect your packaging from unsightly scratches and water damage. We also offer a variety of resources like our designer directory to help you find the right graphic designer to help you capture your brewery’s brand identity.

Ready to make the best first impression? Contact us today about quality, cost-effective beer labels for your brewery.