Gritty McDuff’s Brewing Company Announces Major Packaging Overhaul of Seasonal and Year-Round Ales

By T. Wilson

Maine craft brewer Gritty McDuff’s Brewing Company (www.grittys.com) announced a one-year project that will dramatically repackage its complete line of seasonal and year-round ales. According to Gritty’s Marketing Director Thomas Wilson, the process, which began in December 2010 with the relaunch of Gritty’s Scottish Ale and Original Pub Style, will include a fundamental, colorful design overhaul of all bottles, labels, cartons and boxes.

“Gritty’s has a fantastic history, and we believe our new labels and packaging offer a fresh representation of our brand in 2011 and beyond,” Wilson noted. “The new illustrations on the packaging are very modern and distinctive, and we expect a positive response from fans of Gritty’s.”

Executed by Portland, Maine-based graphic designer Chris Hadden of Christopher Hadden Design and Maine illustrator Marty Braun, the look of the new packaging is brighter and more contemporary, featuring a modern nod to Gritty’s brew pubs and their customers.

“We think folks will notice the details, such as the copper top bar in the Original Pub Style label and the people who better represent our typical customers,” Wilson added. “There also are some surprises and ‘insider’ references in the designs that we think our customers will enjoy discovering. For example, only those who know that Publican Richard Pfeffer is an avid rugby fan will recognize the rugby ball on the Pub Style label.”

The company’s new Scottish Ale package still features long time Gritty’s Sales Manager Charles O’Brien wearing a kilt, but now sports a brighter blue color and features additional graphic elements.

“The new Scottish Ale illustration includes several references to Scotland that I’m sure our customers will notice,” said Wilson.
Following the December debut of Gritty’s Original Pub Style and Scottish Ale packaging, new Vacationland Summer Ale materials are scheduled to launch when the beer premieres thisspring, and the remaining brands will systematically transition to the new designs by the end of 2011.

Gritty’s is available locally at:

MASS LIQUORS, 392 CHANDLER STREET, WORC.
JULIO’S LIQUORS, 140 Turnpike Road, Westboro
AUSTIN LIQUORS, 117 GOLD STAR BOULEVARD, WORC.
LIVING EARTH, 232 CHANDLER ST. RT.122, WORC.
STATE LIQUORS, 360 PARK AVE., WORC.