Monument City Brewing Company: An Honest Craft Beer Brand

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Orange Element - Monument City Brewing Co.

Our task was to work with Monument City Brewing Company to analyze the existing craft beer market and competition, then figure out where Monument could find a niche, while at the same time honestly representing who they are and who they want to be.

We started with the brand positioning, coining the phrase “honest craft beer” to position Monument as a high-quality yet accessible entrant to the market. We moved from there to the visual identity and core brand messaging, which we developed as a modern nod to the tone, look, and feel of regional family breweries from the past. 

In order to create a design that would fit right in with the manufacturing heritage of Baltimore City, we studied everything from decades-old beer cans to farm equipment, seed packaging, and industrial labeling. It was important for Monument to capture the true spirit and history of Baltimore, and we had a great time studying what made many of those older designs so successful.

Since hitting taps in late 2014, Monument has sold out of their entire stock on multiple occasions, and demand is so strong that they’ve expanded beyond Baltimore City & County more quickly than initially anticipated.

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Design Agency Name: Orange Element
Organisation/Project Type: Agency, Published Commercial Design
Article Title: Monument City Brewing Company: An Honest Craft Beer Brand
Brand / Project Name: Monument City Brewing Co. Brand Identity
Project Type: Consumer Brand Creation
Strategic Deliverables: Consumer Research / Insight, Consumer Brand Strategy
Design Deliverables: Consumer Branding, Consumer Brand Creation, Consumer Brand Identity, Consumer Brand Identity System, Consumer Brand Guidelines, Consumer Brand Experience, Consumer Graphic Packaging Design, Consumer Structural Packaging Design, Consumer Brand Digital Design
Location: United States America
Market Country: United States America
Market Region: North America
Project Category: Beer and Cider