You’re out at a bar, throwing back a cold one, when something catches your eye. Somehow, it’s not the blonde in the low-cut top. It’s the beer she’s holding, which has a shape and style all its own and seems to raise booze vessels to, dare we say it, an art form. Chances are, it’s one of these awesome-looking beer bottles. OK, a couple of them are cans, but you know what we mean… —Nicholas Pell
Hallertau These look like something that should be in the antiquities section of the British Museum.
Session Lager We wouldn’t recommend taking these student-designed concept cans and bottles in your carry-on luggage, but you might want to keep one by the bed... just in case.
Saison 1900 Looking like something you’d find in an apothecary’s shop, this Saison 1900 design concept boasts impressive aesthetics. The bottles are meant to look like gel capsules, and the full design features blister packaging complete with a medical warning label on the back.
Bold City The Bold City boys have put as much thought into bottle aesthetics as they have into beer. Bonus points for that growler handle, which looks perfect for hanging from a belt loop.
Ringnes Summersol If Hallertau bottles belong in the British Museum, Ringnes Summersol cans should find a home at the Tate Modern.
Fogeron You don’t have to be artsy to appreciate good design. You just have to be able to enjoy a good stein. That’s some poetry, gents.
Marie Stadts Neumeister Because really, you need something you can sip in your study while you ponder Marcuse and Foucault.
Viru Beer bottle shapes are taken for granted. Viru is probably better to look at than hold, but this isn’t “most ergonomic beers,” is it?
Estrella Damm Inedit A good beer is as worthy as the finest champagne. Glad to see Estrella Damm gets it.
Sipa Another bottle that takes on the champagne metaphor. Open this one like a bottle of bubbly and float away to beer heaven.
Ramm ND At first glance, it looks like a depressing Russian industrial city. But wait, it’s the stems of a foxy Russian babe. Well played... Photos sourced from designlovr.com, thedieline.com, defolio.com, thecoolist.com and creativefan.com.