Budweiser Brewed the Hard Way
Anheuser Busch’s second Super Bowl commercial for Budweiser in 2015, “Brewed The Hard Way”, champions the brand as the Macro Beer, distinct from the emerging micro beer or craft beer category. The commercial contrasts shots of hipster micro beer aficionados with the unsophisticated fans of Budweiser. It’s not brewed to be fussed over. It’s brewed for a crisp smooth finish. This is the only beer beechwood aged since 1876. There’s only one Budweiser. It’s brewed for drinking, not dissecting. The people who drink our beer are people who like to drink beer brewed the hard way. Let them sip their pumpkin peach ale. We’ll be brewing us some golden suds. This is the famous Budweiser Beer. This Bud’s for you.”
Anheuser Busch is the owner of four craft breweries, Goose Island, Chicago, Blue Point, New York, 10 Barrel, Bend, and Elysian Brewing, Seattle. Elysian, the most recent acquisition, has released Gourdgia On My Mind, a pumpkin peach pecan ale made with Karo corn syrup.
In the wake of resentful comments from the craft brewing industry, Brian Perkins, Budweiser VP Marketing issued the following statement:
“Brewed the Hard Way” is Budweiser’s way of celebrating being a MACRO brew: a beer enjoyed by many. The prevailing discourse in beer is that small must be good, and big must be bad. We don’t accept that. Lager is one of the most difficult styles to brew well, and we have the highest standards of care to get it right. We are owning who we are without apology. We’re delighted to have sparked a conversation around beer. Talking with beer drinkers since Sunday, we know the overwhelming majority are really enjoying seeing Budweiser speak up with conviction. This Bud’s for them.
Anita Beer, a brewery in Louisiana, is known for Pumpkin Peach Ale. Here’s their response.
The Budweiser Brewed The Hard Way campaign was developed at Anomaly by creative director Christine Gignac and producer Winslow Dennis.
Editor was Susan Motamed at Union Editorial.
Post-Production was done at The Mill by VFX producer Eliana Carranza-Pitcher, 2D lead artists Jamin Clutcher, Emily Bloom, colourist Mikey Rossiter.
Titles were produced at Sarofsky.
Original music was produced at Squeak E. Clean by composer Harry Frost, creative director Justin Hori, executive producer Carol Dunn and producer Chris Shaw.