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Released: March 2004
Advertiser: Carlton & United Breweries
Brand name: Victoria Bitter
Agency: GPY&R Melbourne
Country: Australia
Category: Beers and Ciders

Credits & Description:

Creative Director: James McGrath
Scriptwriter: Josh Stephens/Ben Coulson
Agency Producer: Julie Rutherford
Sound Engineer: Steve Williams

Script in English

SFX: Traditional Victoria Bitter Anthem

VO: A hard earned thirst needs a big cold beer, that’s why they invented the drive-through bottle shop. ‘Looks like you’ve had a long day sir, just keep the engine running while I get you some beer.’ So simple yet so… fantastic. For just a few minutes in a day you are royalty. Two lanes, four servants eagerly waiting for the chance to heave his majesty’s slab into the back of the royal carriage. Have a nice day. ‘Oh I will’ you say, because there’s always one of these wonderful creations just up the road with plenty of big cold beer, and the best cold beer is Vic. Victoria Bitter.

SFX: VB music rises up for the final sting.
Brief Explanation

Victoria Bitter is an Australian icon. The ‘For a hard earned thirst’ line, and the theme music, was originally created in 1968 and voiced by the late John Meillon. It was aimed at blue-collar workers, "real Aussie blokes" and portrayed sweaty, masculine men in need of a cold beer.
The new campaign is making a joke of the Victoria Bitter campaigns of the past and transforming it to fit with a more modern world. The theme music and style are immediately recognisable to all Australians and the humour arises from the clever re-working of an old but very successful idea.

The Radio ad titled DRIVE-THROUGH BOTTLE SHOP was done by GPY&R Melbourne advertising agency for brand: Victoria Bitter in Australia. It was released in the Mar 2004.

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