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All the News You Can Drink: Craft Beer Confusion, Bud Loses Italian Battle, Molson Goes to Indonesia and more

Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 20, 2013 06:47 PM

Molson Heads to the Philippines

Molson scored a hit earlier this year when it stuck red fridges filled with brews all over Europe that only opened when Canadian passports were presented. People loved it so much that the company decided to extend the program, the Globe and Mail reports.

The company asked its employees to come up with interesting Canadians across the planet and settled on a man on an exotic island in the Philippines. Molson delivered a fridge full of the beer to him, his two best friends, and a satellite so he can watch Team Canada play. The full video will be aired during Team Canada’s first game of the world junior hockey championship on Boxing Day.Continue reading...

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All the News You Can Drink: Newcastle DDs, Whiskey Search Engine, Efes' New Look and more

Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 13, 2013 07:10 PM

Newcastle Drives Drinkers Home

Newcastle introduced a new brew, Newcastle Cabbie Black Ale, and it wants consumers to enjoy it without worrying about how they'll make it home. So Newcastle offered a handful of imbibers a ride in a traditional English taxi at no charge, but there was of course a catch. Riders had to tell everyone what they felt about the new beer via a massive megaphone strapped onto the top of the cab. 

Even though that hilarious chapter has closed (after 67 noise complaints), Newcastle is extending the program by offering $5 taxi discounts to people in 60 cities if they book their ride home through the Taxi Magic app, Drinks Business Review reports. More than a million dollars has been set aside to fund the effort through the holidays.Continue reading...

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All the News You Can Drink: Ron Burgundy Scotch, Celebrating the 21st Amendment, Brits Love Diageo and more

Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 6, 2013 06:39 PM

Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch.. I Love Scotch

When comedian Will Ferrell dressed up as his Anchorman alter ego Ron Burgundy and shot a bunch of ridiculous commercials for the Dodge Durango, GM couldn’t have possibly predicted what it would do for the brand. In the month the ads launched, sales of Durango went up 59 percent compared with a year ago and its web traffic also took an 80 percent spike upward.

Plenty of other brands are hoping for the same kind of upward tick as they align with Ferrell before Anchorman 2 is released Dec. 18. One of them comes from liquor marketer Riviera Imports and is called "Great Odin's Raven Special Reserve,” named after one of Burgundy’s catch phrases. The word from Ad Age is that Riviera will ship out orders with stand-up displays of Burgundy to put up in stores. Prepare for a run on scotch, America.

If that weren’t enough, Anchorman 2-related products will also be coming from Ben & Jerry’s (Scotchy Scotch Scotch) and Jockey underwear. MillerCoors has also inked a deal to have its old-school Miller Lite cans appear in the film.Continue reading...

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All the News You Can Drink: NBA, Diageo Link Up, Amazon Liquor, Bacardi Celebrates the Struggle and more

Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 22, 2013 07:15 PM

Bacardi Celebrates Struggles in New Global Campaign

You can’t blame the people at Bacardi if they’ve got a persecution complex. The brand’s new campaign, “Untameable,” highlights all the troubles it has faced since its 1862 debut in Cuba. As the New York Times notes, the brand has survived “a fire in 1880, Prohibition beginning in 1920 in the United States, an earthquake in 1932 that destroyed facilities and the revolutionary government led by Fidel Castro that seized Bacardi’s Cuban assets in 1960,” among other things.

The commercial will be translated into more than 30 languages and broadcast all over the world over the next six months.

“The rum category has focused very much on the social aspect of a bunch of consumers enjoying the drink in a typical occasion,” said Andy J. Gibson, global chief marketing officer of Bacardi Global Brands, according to the Times. This campaign is decidedly different.Continue reading...

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All the News You Can Drink: Patagonia Toasts Itself, Pernod Ricard Does E-Tail, Emeril's BAM! Good Whiskey and more

Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 15, 2013 08:07 PM

Patagonia Toasts Itself with Organic Brew

Outdoor clothing company Patagonia is turning 40 and in perfect mid-life crisis fashion, it's adopting some new hobbies. The eco-friendly outfitter is actually brewing its own brand of beer. 

Created in partnership with New Belgium Brewing, the limited-edition organic beer will be known as California Route Lager and only sold in 12-ounce cans, according to the Huffington Post. But the lager won’t be around for long. “This is just a promotional, one-time special collaboration," Patagonia spokesperson Jess Clayton told Bloomberg Businessweek. "Patagonia is not getting into the beer-business in a permanent way.”

The name comes “from the California route on Patagonia's Mount Fitz Roy, first climbed in 1968 by Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard and friends,” according to the company’s press release.

We'll drink to that!Continue reading...

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All the News You Can Drink: Maple Madness, Belvedere Know-How, Wine Shortage and more

Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 1, 2013 07:05 PM

Beam Goes Sweet for Maple

Beam scored a hit earlier this year with its honey-flavored bourbon, so the company is turning out a few more—Jim Beam Maple and Knob Creek Smoked Maple—to help boost its hurting bottom line.

Rob Nelson, the brand manager of small-batch bourbon at Beam, told that the growing popularity of such spirits can be partially attributed to the popularity of Prohibition-era TV shows such as HBO's Boardwalk Empire. The sweeter taste also seems to be attracting the sweeter sex. 

“We think females are now participating in flavored bourbon at twice the rate they are in the unflavored bourbon,” Beam Chief Executive Matthew Shattock said in a conference call, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. As the magazine points out, though, that success may be at the expense of its Skinnygirl wine, which is “down by almost one-third this year.”Continue reading...

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All the News You Can Drink: Jack Daniel’s Bottle Battle, Johnnie Walker Wears Gold, Molson's Weather Intuition and more

Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 25, 2013 07:17 PM

Jack Daniel’s Launches Bottle Battle with Little Whiskey Brand

When liquor buyers go looking for a bottle of Jack Daniel’s, they know what they’re looking for: a squared-off chunk of glass with the black label and the trusty No. 7. The famed distiller, though, is a bit concerned that shoppers are going to be confused by a new whiskey on the shelf: Popcorn Sutton's Tennessee White Whiskey.

Sutton’s originally marketed its whiskey in Mason jars in honor of the moonshiner who created it, but the brand switched its packaging recently to a bottle that is “square shaped with angled shoulders and beveled corners, with white-on-black labeling color schemes,” the Associated Press reports. The lawyers at Jack Daniel’s have taken notice and filed suit, claiming they've cornered the market on square whiskey.Continue reading...

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SABMiller Tweaks Products, Marketing to Gain Younger, More Feminine Appeal

Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 22, 2013 02:50 PM

US beer sales have dropped in the last 10 years from being 72 percent of the alcohol consumed to only 42 percent, so to stem the tide, SABMiller, the world’s No. 2 brewer, is looking to tap a couple of demographics that aren’t generally known for sampling the work of big brewers: women and Millennials.

The brewer hopes to attract new drinkers with “more inclusive advertising, a broader range of beer styles and improving conditions at bars,” according to Reuters. "If you look at all of our marketing it's been the laddish humor, the sports occasions, the male bonding and friendship," Sue Clark, the head of SABMiller’s European business, told the wire service.  "I think we could've been accused in the past to a certain extent—at best of not really appealing to women, and at worst of alienating them."

Don’t worry, though, beer fans and feminists, SABMiller commercials aren’t about to get all pink and frilly. "We've got to try to keep the humor and the sociability,” Clark told Reuters, “but you can do that in a way that is appealing to both sexes."Continue reading...

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