Tooheys New Catapult For The Love of Beer

Tooheys New relaunched their brand today online with a larger than life television “For the love of beer” advertisement, ‘Catapult’. Billboards have been seeding curiosity over the last month, leading members of the public to register their email address at

Tebuchet used in Tooheys New TV ad

Today the ad has gone viral in Vividas format at The TV ad will be launched on Australian televisions on Sunday February 19.

The spot features desperate men and women in the street of Melbourne, using a giant trebuchet to fling beer ingredients into the rain clouds. Barrels and sacks of sugar, yeast, hops and malt are lobbed into the air. Two young women take the bungee ride of their lives, though we don’t know where they land. Finally, a stag, the emblem of Tooheys New, appears on the scene. Off it goes, joining the heavenly ingredients. The climax of the commercial is the beer itself – pouring down from the sky. Click on the image below to play the video.


Tooheys New glass of beerThe ‘Rain’ campaign was developed at Saatchi & Saatchi Sydney, Sydney, by executive creative director David Nobay, art director Pete Buckley and Eron Broughton, copywriter Tim Brown and Steve May, producer Scott McBurnie, group account director Sasha Orr, and account director Ben Court.

Saatchi & Saatchi Executive Creative Director, David Nobay, comments, “In some ways, the concept behind ‘Catapult’ is completely insane, and yet the idea of wanting it to rain beer is also entirely plausible. When your lips are parched and the sun is up, a great beer certainly feels like a gift from the Gods. Tooheys New has just brought the dream to life for all to enjoy.”

“A shared glass of beer is like an invisible handshake. It’s the great Aussie unifier. And yet, for too long, the imagery behind mainstream beer has been skewed to such a narrow blokey bias that it has the opposite effect. It’s like a club you can’t join, unless you have the right face. The new Tooheys New campaign explodes all that crap and firmly recasts mainstream beer as champagne for the masses.”

Tooheys New Stag

Filming was shot in Melbourne in November 2005 by director Garth Davis via Exit Films, Melbourne with producer Karen Sproul and director of photography Greig Fraser.

Visual effects were developed at Fin Design. Sound was engineered at Nylon. Editing was done at Guillotine.

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Great Escape Theme

The ad is accompanied by the main title from Elmer Bernstein’s soundtrack

Elmer Bernstein The Great Escape on iTunes