Silver American Advertising Awards, Northwest
Gold, American Advertising Awards, Northwest

Merry Piglets

Merry Piglets is where it all started for the Blue Collar Restaurant Group, which now runs 10 restaurants between Bozeman and Jackson Hole. Joe and Denise Rice bought the long-standing Jackson restaurant when they moved there in 1989. Since then, Merry Piglets has become the go-to place for a good time, great Tex Mex and a killer margarita. 

Photo Credit: 40 Watt Photo

Scope

Brand strategy
Brand identity
Packaging

Location

Jackson, Wyoming

awards

Result

A brand strategy that both aligns with the Blue Collar Restaurant Group parent brand and defines and expresses the uniqueness of Merry Piglets. A refined and extended brand identity. Craft salsa packaging.

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Riverhouse event photography showing a couple eating BBQ togetherRiverhouse homepage mockup on an ipadRiverhouse Montana drivers license branded artwork with logo seal
three versions of the Security Title Co logo side-by-side
An image showing several of Security Title Co's brand book pages
Security Title Co merchandise and business set design
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Challenge

In order to fully evolve the Merry Piglets brand, we needed to understand its essence and the things that made it special. For example, its original logo was an illustration of two dancing pigs. We knew we needed to keep the pigs but first had to figure out the right way to do it.

goal

Maintain the funkiness of the Merry Piglets brand, while giving it a much-needed update and making it approachable to people who are experiencing it for the first time. Express the brand through packaging for its signature salsa.

approach

By embracing the Tex Mex language and leaning into current expressions popular in places with vibrant Tex Mex scenes, like Austin, Texas, we crafted an identity that felt true to Merry Piglets. We used bright colors, crafted custom typefaces and used texture to honor the history and embrace the future.

Packaging

The Bridger Brewing team wanted to be prepared to can and distribute its beer after opening its second location. AMS partnered with Bridger Brewing for packaging design concepts. The first step in the packaging process involved a strategy session in which the unique identity of each beer was explored and dissected. Several concepts were then sketched out. Once a concept was selected for each beer, custom illustrations were created for cans and boxes. The result is a full lineup of beers, each with its own design that is unique while still clearly a member of the Bridger Brewing brand.

Reason no. 8

The longest line you’ll see comes from a reel.

reason no. 12

Big ideas are best discussed on the back of a pickup.

Custom icon set done for the Riverhouse brand
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examples of Security Title Co's website pages
Gif of various custom illustrations done for the Security Title Co brandA grid of the Security Title Co team members at community eventsCustom icon set done for Security Title Co
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Photo of riverhouse meat with tagline "It's a Smokin' Good Time" overlaid
An illustration of two people in front of a For Sale sign next to Security Title Co's tagline Grounded in Montana Rooted in Community

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