When Boundary Road Brewery (BRB) re-launched its Chocolate Moose Chocolate Porter, it didn't want the announcement to go unnoticed with a simple social media post, so it turned to TBWA and Robbers Dog to bring back the moose with an epic journey.
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Barnes, Catmur & Friends has taken some time off torturing pizza eaters and giving RTD drinkers "Woodies" to ask Kiwis some important questions. In a new print and online-based campaign for its client Boundary Road Brewery, the agency has compiled a series of questions for an initiative called ' The Unauthorised Beer Census New Zealand 2014' in an effort to find out more about the nation's beer drinkers.
There's a perception that canned-beer is of lower quality than the bottled variant and makes the drinker look like a lout – an image that Boundary Road Brewery (BRB) and its agency Barnes, Catmur and Friends are attempting to push aside with their 'Blind Taste Test' campaign.
'Twas a big year for Barnes, Catmur & Friends, with plenty of success and international attention for the sado-masochistic Pizza Roulette, a long-awaited BOTAB victory for Friends Electric, one of the country's best hauls at the EFFIES and some consistently good low-budget work for Independent Liquor's Boundary Road Brewery, which is now thought to have gained 20 percent of the 'gateway craft' market after its launch last year. Say hello to managing creative partner Paul Catmur.
Of all the sabbaticals you could embark on, flying halfway round the world to New Zealand to work on crafting a new beer range surely has to be one of the most desirable. And that’s the precise task assigned to US brewmaster Brian “Spike” Buckowski thanks to a campaign run by Barnes, Catmur & Friends for Boundary Road Brewery. Utilising brewing sites around the world, the agency put the call out for a genius brewer, with a skill set that sits somewhere between genius and God-like, to “come down and do his stuff”.
Independent Liquor's craft beer division Boundary Road Brewery, along with the creative assistance of Barnes, Catmur & Friends, has done a stellar job of spreading the word since its launch—and all with a pretty miniscule budget. And now, in addition to welcoming new US brewer Spike Buckowski to the fold to whip up a a few new variants, it's also welcoming two new brews into the family: the Mumbo Jumbo, a 5.2 percent ABV India Pale Ale that was selected by 500 tasters recruited to try two variants, and the Chocolate Moose, a 4.5 percent ABV full-bodied chocolate porter. We've got four prize packs to give away, so conjure up some beer-related punmanship and tell us what Boundary Road Brewery should call its next version.
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There was a bit of a storm in a beer mug back in July when DB was given the rights to use the generic term Radler as a brand name. Corporate bullying, some indie brewers cried. Cutting off your nose to spite your face and making consumers dislike you for no good reason, others shrieked. Mwahahahah, DB laughed. So when The Boundary Road Brewery launched its Lawn Ranger brew recently it claimed it was 'Radler-style' and put up a cheeky billboard saying 'Fine, we won't call it Radler then'. Now DB has set its lawyers Simpson Grierson on the case, saying the term 'radler style' is off limits and telling BRB to lay off the allusions.
In a similar fashion to its NZ Pure billboard at the Auckland airport, Boundary Road Brewery and Barnes, Catmur & Friends' have launched a cheeky new billboard for its new Lawn Ranger brew and referenced the recent spate of trademark bullying.
Back in June, Boundary Road Brewery, the newly rebranded Independent Liquor, launched a campaign to celebrate the launch of a 'craft range' that asked Kiwis to be the arbiter of taste and choose their favoured variety of beer, with the winning brew eventually released commercially. The print campaign asking for tasters took out the NAB ad of the month award and now it's followed that up by acknowledging the 999 humans who tasted and chose the Chosen One beer with an ad in The New Zealand Herald that listed every one of them by name.
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