How To Setup Beer Labels

Lauren P
Lauren P
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Whether you're an established brewing company, a small brewery getting ready to open or a simple beer lover looking to properly label your bottles or cans at home, we can help! 

With so many sizes of bottles, cans and label options, it can be difficult to figure out what size should be used on your specific product. The good news is that we are here to help make that decision easier, providing your brew with high-quality, amazing labels that will make your brand pop!

These simple steps are a great place to start for finding which size will work best for the can or bottle you're labeling.

  1. Measure the height from top to bottom of your can or bottle.
  2. Measure the width of the area you would like your label to cover. Using a flexible tape measure is helpful!
  3. If you want your label to wrap completely around the can or bottle, make sure to leave some blank space on the ends to avoid potentially overlapping any printed information that you do not want covered up after the label is applied. 

Custom Labels For Cans

The most common aluminum cans sold across breweries and wineries are 12 ounces and 16 ounces.

Recommended Sizes

What about Slim Cans?

If you're canning in tall and slim cans like a hard seltzer, we suggest a slightly taller label to match the shape. Since all of our glossy white, matte and clear labels are water resistant, you don't have to worry about the labeling process around the beverage you are canning. These labels will withstand a prolonged period without peeling, curling or fading if exposed to oils and liquids on products after they have been applied - just make sure to apply them to a clean surface!

Recommended Size:

Bottles vs Cans 

Is there a difference between bottling a glass bottle versus an aluminum can?

Typically the only difference between bottles and cans is the size. Our labels are finished on a roll, making them perfect for labeling both cans and glass bottles of various sizes.

Recommended Sizes:

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A Few Other Things To Consider

Why do I want to leave space between the label?

The edges of your labels might contain important information, like government warnings and barcodes, that you don't want to cover up. To avoid overlap and waste, we recommend a label that is slightly shorter than the circumference of the bottle/can of your choosing. This will allow for a slight gap between the label, which also means less room for error and makes for a happy brewer!

Be sure to check your local laws, including the Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) if you're distributing your beer, to find out what you legally need to have displayed on your label for your state.

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