Established in late 2013, Farnham Ale & Lager is a new microbrewery in Farnham, a city in the Montérégie region of Québec, Canada, with a portfolio of four beers, identified by their bitterness level. And, yeah, there isn’t much else about the brewery but since January has been more like Beeruary on Brand New — see New Blegium, Summit Brewing — I thought I would keep the tide flowing. The identity and packaging for Farnham have been designed by Québec-based lg2boutique.
All of the graphic elements were chosen to highlight the beer’s origin, which was this Eastern Townships railway town. The four flavours stand out with their strong colour codes, their degrees of bitterness are indicated by 12, 27, 33 and 64, highlighted numbers, and the diagonal cross symbolizes a railway crossing.
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This is robust design made to look easy. Seriously: how many of you aren’t saying “How difficult is that? I could have done it”? The cans have, like, five elements — the bitterness number, the X icon, the wordmark, the type of beer and its legal measurements, and the color banding. Easy. But these elements are just perfectly and elegantly balanced. Nothing more, nothing less. The right amount of spacing between elements and tracking in the typography. Even the hardcore “X” isn’t gratuitous, as it represents the railway origins of the town. The overall look, particularly with the blocky wordmark, is of industrial hipster — the latter denominator becoming a maturing trend.