Matilda Bay Promotes Hazy Lager As ‘Second Favourite” Beer Via Howatson+Company

Matilda Bay Promotes Hazy Lager As ‘Second Favourite” Beer Via Howatson+Company

When it comes to lager, Aussies are a loyal bunch. They don’t just drink their favourite beers, they proudly wear branded merch, get tattoos of logos, even build shrines in their sheds.

So, to encourage trial of its new Hazy Lager, Matilda Bay has decided not to compete with people’s favourite beers, but instead help them love their favourites even more.

By ordering Hazy Lager at participating venues and bottle shops, punters can walk away with unique prizes, like a custom-made VB Knock-Off chair, a one-of-a-kind Carlton Dry hot tub, Great Northern fishing kits, Carlton Draught fridges, snowboards, surfboards, BBQs, plus much more – created, built and sourced by Matilda Bay themselves.

Benjamin Cairns, head of marketing at Matilda Bay Brewery, says: “As a craft brewery not traditionally known for lager, we needed to find a clever way to get drinkers to consider our brand-new smooth and easy craft lager. That’s no easy task given most Aussies already have their trusted-on favorites that they’ve been drinking for years and years.”

“And that’s why this idea is so perfect for us. It’s a huge incentive to give us a try in the moments they want to drink a craft beer”.

Gavin Chimes, ECD at Howatson+Company says, “It may seem counterintuitive to put our production budget into making prizes for other beers but when we looked at Hazy Lager’s legendary competition, we knew we had to think differently. This is a promo that’s unashamed, self-aware and a little bit crazy. But that combo is what has always made Matilda Bay such a special brewery.”

“Credit to the many different brand teams at Carlton & United Breweries for buying into this idea. Turns out it’s one of those win-win-win situations. For their brands, Matilda Bay and beer lovers. And big thanks to James Dive and the team at Scoundrel for adding their touch of magic to the project.”

The promotion runs for eight weeks at 208 participating venues and bottle shops in WA and VIC – supported by online film, OOH, social, PR and digital.

Find out more about Matilda Bay’s Hazy Lager promotion:


Client: Matilda Bay Brewery

Head of Marketing at Matilda Bay Brewery: Benjamin Cairns

Agency: Howatson+Company

Founder/CEO: Chris Howatson

Executive Creative Director: Gavin Chimes

Creative Director: Scott Zuliani

Creative Director: Jared Wicker  Senior Art Director: Tom Macphail Senior Copywriter: Will Halstead Copywriter: MadeleineSemitHead of Production: Holly Alexander Senior Producer: Caitlin Perz Chief Strategy Officer: Dom Hickey

Planning Director: Georgia Pritchard

Client Partner: Ollie Wearne Senior Account Director: Angela Lethbridge Business Manager: India Clarke  Head of Craft: Ellena Mills

Associate Design Director: Trent Michael

Finished Artist: Simon Merrifield & Patrick Rivera

Editor: King Yong

Videographer: Mark Broome

Colourist: Kel Gronow

Head of PR: Ben Handberg

Senior Account Director PR: Melinda Durston

Account Director PR: Natalia Katsionis

Digital development: Howatson+Company

Head of Digital Programs: Anna Boucaut

Digital Experience Design: Trent Roberts, Adam Hughes

Digital Experience Development: Brendan McKenzie, Scott Zonneveldt, Xianzhe Yang

Quality Analyst: Jorge Soria

Prod Company: Scoundrel

Production design director: James Dive

Producer: Matt Roberts

Post-Production Company: Howatson+Company

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