Like books, you can't judge a beer by its cover. Unless your design is as cool as Chicago-based Revolution Brewing's Anti-Hero IPA.
The brewery's aluminum can design was among the Top 10 picked by Russ Phillips, author of a new design book called "Canned! Artwork of the Modern American Beer Can."
The book explores original artwork of more than 600 craft beer cans, but Thrillist recently asked Phillips to pick his top favorite designs. Revolution's Anti-Hero IPA, featuring a "hop general" wearing Chicago stars and parachuting hop bombs, made the cut.
"I absolutely love this design," Phillips said. "What better way to provide imagery for an IPA than with actual hop bombs floating down behind a rather sinister-looking military general. Look closely and you'll see the stars on his uniform are those from the flag of Chicago. Revolution nailed it with this design."
The design is credited to Ian Law and Oliver Barrett.
Two other Midwest beers made Phillips' design cut, as well: Minneapolis-based Indeed Brewing Company's Midnight Ryder American Black Ale and Grand Rapids-based Brewery Vivant Kludde's Strong Ale.
Other beers on the list include Tallgrass Brewing Company's 8-Bit Pale Ale, Westbrook Brewing Co.'s White Thai Witbier, Santa Fe Brewing Company's Oktoberfest, Midnight Sun Brewing's Snowshoe White Wit Bier, Maui Brewing Co.'s Mana Wheat, Good People Brewing's Snake Handler Double IPA and New England Brewing Company's Gandhi-Bot Double IPA.