Shock, horror – two posts in a quick succession on this blog praising advertising we've seen. Are we getting soft? Or did we just get lucky? We've repeatedly lamented the current state of beer advertising, in fact almost all booze advertising, on these pages – so it's a pleasure to share a new beer ad that is actually good. And also one that's building on what went before it.
Recent Kronenbourg commercials have centred around Alsace and feature Cantona. There was the one about the farmer which attempted to tell a bit of quality story about hop farmers, it felt a little strained but the good execution and Cantona's performance kept it together. With this story about the Alsatians bringing people a nice frothy beer in a moment of crisis it feels like they've hit upon something that they could stick with and run and run. If they stick with this and keep making well-crafted ads they could assume the leading premium-mainstream lager position that Stella used to occupy (before they went mental–Be Legacy, WTF). Let's hope they do.
Cantona gives a great performance. Great opportunities to show people enjoying a lovely, frothy beer in the context of reward and pleasure. Good production values. And great casting – they've avoided the modern cliche of filling the ad full of reallyreallygoodlooking young people.