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Gonzo Artwork and Lone Star Labels on the Rise: The 10 Best Beer Labels in Texas

Last week, we took a look at some of the very worst labels you can find on a bottle of beer. To counterbalance all that artistic vomit, we gathered some of the most iconic and creative labels on shelves today -- labels that feature artwork as original and important as craft beer itself.

10. Boulevard Love Child #2

This foil-laden label is a graphic artist's wet dream. Great fonts, cool custom foil inlays and great color make this label jump off shelves. Its ultra-rare status (it's likely gone from shelves for good, voraciously gobbled up by beer nerds) keep it from being higher on the list.

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9. Southern Star Bombshell Blonde

When you get down to blonde tacks, the art on these blue cans isn't that good -- but it's an important label nonetheless. Among the first craft cans in Texas, Bombshell's iconic Dr. Strangelove-style pin-up art is now synonymous with canned craft beer in the Lone Star State. Bonus: The tap handle is probably among the coolest around.

8. Saint Arnold Santo

In what is hopefully a sign of things to come, Saint Arnold has finally changed up its Ambien-replacement labeling. Designed by local Houston artist Carlos Hernandez, whose art can be found at Cactus Music and plastered on silos at the brewery, Santo is one of the best labels Texas has ever produced.

7. Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter

I bypassed the controversial Raging Bitch label, for this classic from Flying Dog's signature artist and longtime Hunter S. Thompson collaborator, Ralph Steadman. An homage to Hunter, this label has been a longtime favorite of the Gonzo writer's fans and beer aficionados alike. It doesn't hurt that it's one of the best American Porters ever made.

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