Agency: Thirst Craft
Creative Director: Matt Burns
Project Type: Produced, Commercial Work
Client: Thornbridge Brewery
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Packaging Contents: Beer
Packaging Substrate / Materials: Can

Thirst Craft rebuild a beacon of British brewing with their rebrand of Thornbridge

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 and converted this into a premium pattern.

By merging Thornbridge’s classic monogram and bold colour palettes with this new bespoke pattern, Thirst borrowed the visual language of other classic British brands. Simple, sophisticated and stand out, this rebrand helped Thornbridge age gracefully and successfully. Launching on cans, the rebrand will soon be rolled out across the full portfolio.