Full Sail Announces New Look and New Beers

Full Sail is getting a makeover. The brewery just announced that its packaging is getting an update. In addition, they're adding a few new beers to the lineup. First up is Hop Pursuit IPA. This new year-round brew is dry-hopped with Cascade, Mosaic, Equinox, and Simcoe. Next up is Blood Orange Wheat. Part of Full Sail's Pub Series, this limited release will be available from April through August. This sounds like it could be a great summer quaffer. These new releases join Amber, Classic IPA, and Pilsner.

In my opinion, the release of Blood Orange Wheat is a bit of a departure for Full Sail. In the past, they tended to avoid fruit and "exotic" ingredients in their year-round and Pub Series lineups. Their releases focused on solid, tried and true styles. But experimentation and evolution are a necessity in this market. I'll look forward to tasting both of these beers. For more details, check out the news release below.

What do you think of Full Sail's new look? I like it!

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Full Sail Rebrands its Ridiculously Tasty Beer
Science and art unite in Full Sail’s new packaging designs

Hood River, Oregon – March 21, 2016 – Full Sail Brewing Company, Hood River’s award-winning craft brewery since 1987, has announced a stunning new package design, signaling a brand evolution.

“In an increasingly competitive craft-beer marketplace, we knew Full Sail’s packaging needed to be as notable and attention getting as the award-winning brews inside the bottle,” says Full Sail Executive Brewmaster Jamie Emmerson. The color palette, hand-drawn artwork and contrasting design elements that vary from package to package together tell a story about Full Sail’s environment, ingredients, geography, heritage, and taste.

A good brew starts with great water, and the new packaging’s water imagery honors this magnificent resource. “A layer of spot varnish that evokes flicker and catches the attention of your peripheral vision and hand-drawn, wavy lines in a moiré illustration style are the guiding visual elements,” says MiQ Willmott of TWEEQiM creativeLab, who penned the artwork. The revitalized Full Sail logo and coat of arms also breathe new life into the story behind the brand, highlighting Full Sail’s Oregon heritage and connection to the winds that blow through the Gorge, Mt. Hood’s majestic beauty, the mighty waters of the Columbia and the abundant agriculture that supplies the brewery.

Subtle design elements on each package serve as a nod to Full Sail’s principles and priorities. A topographical map and GPS coordinates pinpoint the brewery’s location in Hood River and the Columbia Gorge, whose natural beauty and resources have always provided Full Sail’s inspiration. Artistic renderings pay homage to Hood River’s water sources, bounty of fresh ingredients, the brewery’s commitment to environmentally sustainable practices, and of course, the award-winning taste in each and every bottle.

“There’s never been a more exciting time to be a part of Full Sail,” says Full Sail Brewmaster Jim Kelter. “This rebranding reflects our pride and heritage as one of the original craft brewers as well as our vision for the future, which - more than anything - entails continuing to make delicious beer that we know our customers love.”

The newly rebranded packages are being rolled out in Full Sail’s award-winning Amber, Pilsner, Classic IPA, and the new Hop Pursuit IPA and Blood Orange Wheat Ale

About Full Sail Brewing Company
Perched on a bluff in Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the mighty Columbia River’s epic wind and kite surfing and the snow-capped volcanic peaks of Mt. Hood, Full Sail is a true craft-brewing pioneer. Since 1987, Full Sail has been pouring pure Mt. Hood water, local ingredients and responsible processes into each and every pint. Full Sail’s brews and sustainable practices have garnered more than 300 national and international awards, including 150 gold medals and Beverage World ‘s “Craft Brewer of the Year” distinction. From Full Sail Amber and IPA to Session Lager and Bourbon barrel-aged beers, Full Sail consistently strives to brew complex, balanced and ridiculously tasty beers. Learn more at www.fullsailbrewing.com.


  1. My first reaction to Full Sail's branding was "knock off". That is, the color palette looked so familiar. I prefer their old branding. See what I mean? http://imgur.com/ZMhjJkB

  2. And my second reaction was that their bottles are now R-rated. Or maybe it's just me. What do you see in this picture? http://imgur.com/tQnJkVs


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