Last October, the annual GABS Can Design Awards celebrated the year that was 2022 in the craft brewing industry.
This year’s creativity and imagination set the tone for the awards competition, which received a combined total of over 180 design submissions across Australia and New Zealand.
Craft brewers are invited every year to submit one can design, which must be released within the same year to be eligible for entry. The awards recognise the value of first impressions as well as the role that can design plays in engaging a craft beer lovers’ eye.
Voted by the public, the finalist can design submissions are assessed by the expert judging panel that is comprised of “leading creative thinkers, brand and packaging experts” - GABS.
Orora has been the presenting partner of the awards since 2020 with our very own Andrew Morwood, from the Orora Beverage Cans Decoration Centre of Excellence (DCE), on the expert judging panel.
Cavalier Brewing’s ‘Bloody Maria Imperial Gose Michelada’ takes home the Australian GABS crown
Designed by Alix Branwyn and Jason Burton, Cavalier Brewing’s design was inspired by the festival of the dead – ‘Dia De Los Muertos’, which is a celebration of life and death. The ‘Bloody Maria’ Imperial Gose embodies that celebration through the eccentric “colours and hues of red, orange, yellow and black that invoke feelings of fire, energy and life”.
The perfect combination of two Mexican cocktail favourites
Cavalier Brewing and Tequila Tromba teamed up to create the perfect combination of two Mexican cocktail favourites - the Bloody Maria and the Michelada, which was paired with a naturally crafted Gose to execute the flavour!
The fiery cocktail mix brings to life the classic Mexican flavours of zest, citrus, spice, salt, and pepper to deliver a unique and bespoke craft beer taste.
New Zealand craft brewer, Boneface Brewing Co, electrified the nation with their ‘The Wolf Bites Back’ Can design
The Wolf Bites Back, designed by Blair Sayer, won the 2022 New Zealand GABS Can Design Awards for Boneface Brewing Co energetic and vibrant can that speaks to the beverage itself.
Inspired by the core of craft brewing, ‘The Wolf Bites Back’ can design is a testament to Boniface’s signature style of “sci-fi comics, gig posters, alternative music, and pop culture”.
Electrifying your tastebuds with the Triple Cold IPA Beer
A mix of sharp citrus and softer tropics, ‘The Wolf Bites Back’ Triple Cold IPA is filled with darting flavours that combines both sweet and bitter freshness to balance the intensity. Set to electrify your tastebuds, the combination of citrus accents of mango, grapefruit and white grape pulls together their iconic IPA blend.
Cavalier Brewing and Boneface Brewing Co will take home the Orora Golden Can Trophy for the can designs and a free set of printing plates for their next print with Orora!
Read more about the annual GABS can design awards proudly presented by Orora.