2017 Battle of the Bottle Labels Winners

Sixty-three entries were submitted to the 2017 Battle of the Bottle Labels, with 15 advancing to the final round where 1,000 people cast votes for their favorite designs. The lucky finalists were competing for the title of Battle of the Bottle Labels champion and prizes from the competition sponsor, Grog Tag.

We’d like to thank all the homebrewers/artists who submitted beer bottle labels to this year’s competition, as well as Grog Tag for donating two badass prize packages for the champion and runner-up.

Now, without further ado. The winners of the grand prize and runner-up prize packages are…

Grand Prize Winner

  • Name: Burç Taluğ
  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Beer name: Hoptopus IPA

Burç Taluğ’s homebrewing journey all started at his neighborhood pub in Istanbul. The local watering hole specialized in imports, introducing beer drinkers to interesting alternatives to the mass-produced lagers of Turkey. After trying Trappists, stouts, and other ales, Taluğ began exploring more about beer styles and the brewing process, which all led to homebrewing.

In January 2017, Talug and his wife brewed Hoptopus IPA, an American-style India pale ale that earned second place in a Turkish homebrewing competition. The dominating character from the hops was the inspiration behind the “Hoptopus” label design. Talug even has a name for his home brewery: TAB (Turkish Apartment Brewery)!


  • Name: Arrian Brantley
  • Location: Spring, Texas
  • Beer name: Llama Spit IPA

When Arrian Brantley first started homebrewing, he jumped in headfirst and went straight to kegging. But as Brantley started running out of empty kegs, he decided to start bottling. Bottles offered an easy way to share his homebrewed creations with friends, but the masking tape labels just weren’t cutting it.

Riffing off a llama-based inside joke, Brantley came up with the Mad Llama Brewing name and began designing ideas for the logo. Realizing he couldn’t draw a realistic llama, he went with a cartoon version. After a few sketches, Brantley refined the idea in Adobe Illustrator and brought his homebrewery brand to life. “My plan is to use it for things in the future, like glasses, signs, and shirts,” says Brantley.

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