Leigh on Sea Brewery

Brand ahoy!

In 2017, two enthusiastic home brewers, Ian and Mark, took a leap of faith and established a new brewery in Leigh on Sea – the first in 70 years. We were excited to be asked to brand their fledgling business. Inspired by the town’s most famous export, the humble cockle, we created a distinctive shell logo to imbue the business with personality and charm. This was applied to business cards, stationery, leaflets, signage and staff apparel. Then, through Ian, we were introduced to local artist, Neil Fendell, whose illustrations brought our ideas for the brewery’s pump clips and bottles to life. Each beer’s name is connected to Leigh on Sea, so we created a play on the word ‘Loveleigh’ to emphasise the relationship within the taste description – as well as using it as a memorable tagline for the business.

We’re enormously proud that the work won ‘Best Design’ at the 2018 SIBA brewery industry awards.

Happy client

“From the outset Blackbird has been straightforward to deal with, reliable and absolutely transparent in its dealings with us. We have ended up with a unique presentation, but one that fits the conventions of beer branding understood by buyers and drinkers. With our differing views and opinions, Nick was adept at ensuring that everyone was heard and a positive consensus reached throughout every stage of the project. Since launching, we’ve been back for additional work and we anticipate a long and fruitful partnership to come.”

Ian Rydings, Founder and Director