Very pithy beer ad.

James Squires
Grin & beer it

I think that most of us would agree that beer advertising in general has delivered many classic campaigns over the years.

Nothing particularly earth-shattering to tell you today except that I am just completely enamoured with this James Squires point-of-sale collateral piece (OK posh way to say a beer coaster). Nothing better than a coaster that gets you  belly laughing & in a super mood, ironically enough as the product it promotes is also about to do!

Love this, love this, love it. “…and 2 Barrels of Ale” that sly judge. Bravo James Squires’ agency!


Monday’s classic commercial (on Thursday) It’s a BIG ad!

Sorry folks…can’t even say that it’s Monday somewhere in the world. Simply slipped my mind

But speaking of things slipping how about we focus on the silken luxury of amber fluid slipping down your gullet. Yes today’s classic commercial is about beer!! Happy face, happy face.

This BIG ad was created in 2007 for the Australian beer Carlton Draught. It was a viral phenomenon (thank you spellcheck) with more than 160,000 downloads in it’s first 24 hours – very large for the Australian market. It has continued to be a YouTube favorite some four years down the track.

Was it successful?

Well if you asked the Creative Agency then you’d get an almighty Aah Ha!! Can’t find them for comment though – just a note on their desk saying they’re in the Balkans hand picking Sturgeons as the caviar quality in Australia blows. Anyway suffice to say that this was a very expensive advertisment to produce.

Ask the Sales Manager and he would be somewhat more likely say – Complete Disaster! Sales of Carlton Draught actually dropped after this campaign. Being harsh I’m tempted to say that is because the beer itself tastes like it has come from the womb of Satan, but I won’t…

What I will propose instead is that whilst great for branding the commercial itself doesn’t provide any reasons to drink this fetid fluid of Beelzebub. Lines like:

Is this the work of the Devil?

“It’s a Big Ad

An expensive ad

This ad better bloody sell some beer”  

Is all a bit smug really. I went to get comment from the former Sales Manager but he wasn’t in attendance in his cardboard box at the time. Maybe I might have had been beneath the wrong overpass though…