Thirst Craft Open the Doors to Thornbridge Hall to Reinstate a Beacon of British Brewing
Thirst Craft - Thornbridge Hall
With the pace of change and the proliferation of competitors, craft brewery years can often feel like dog years, and at 13 years old Thornbridge Brewery was facing a midlife crisis. Having been one of the trailblazers of the craft beer movement, their brand now felt dated and dusty. They needed a brand that could reassert their authority and restore relevance in order to grow in line with their ambitions.
Having conducted a tour of supermarket shelves with the client, Thirst knew Thornbridge needed to monopolise on their ‘recent heritage’ to stand strong in the face of wild, young craft breweries. By rationalising and leveraging their long established equities Thirst set out to reestablish Thornbridge as a beacon of British brewing.
To uncover the story behind their existing assets, Thirst started where Thornbridge had back in 2005; the beautiful Thornbridge Hall. Pattern was a core part of Thornbridge’s brand, but the existing motif felt unrefined and generic. While walking the grounds and corridors of the Hall, Thirst found inspiration in the decorative detail of a mantelpiece above the fire. They converted this into a bespoke pattern to unite the full brand family, merging Thornbridge’s classic monogram and bold colour palettes to borrow from the visual language of other classic British brands.
Simple, sophisticated and stand out, this redesign opens the doors to Thornbridge Hall, allowing every consumer to hold a piece of the brewery’s heritage in their hands. Rolling out across bottle, can, keg and merch the rebrand has aged Thornbridge gracefully and successfully, with the cans selling out before they had even been produced.
Design Agency Name: Thirst Craft
Organisation/Project Type: Agency, Published Commercial Design
Article Title: Thirst Craft Open the Doors to Thornbridge Hall to Reinstate a Beacon of British Brewing
Brand / Project Name: Thirst Craft Open the Doors to Thornbridge Hall to Reinstate a Beacon of British Brewing
Project Type: Corporate Brand Redesign
Strategic Deliverables: Corporate Brand Strategy
Design Deliverables: Corporate Brand Identity, Corporate Branding, Corporate Rebranding, Corporate Brand Guidelines, Corporate Brand Experience
Location: United Kingdom
Market Country: United Kingdom
Market Region: Europe
Project Category: Food/Beverage
Corporate Brand Touchpoints: Graphic Design, Packaging Design