Tuesday’s ad is again for Schlitz, from 1958 (though parts of it are from previous years). Actually, it’s an advertising piece — a pamphlet or brochure — from their wonderful ad campaign, one of my all-time favorites, Schlitzerland. This piece, entitled “Schlitzerland, U.S.A., or how to entertain Schlitzfriends,” gives advice, along with songs, or how to throw various types of parties successfully. This is pages two and three, with the first song, “Schlitzsong.” It’s also the Preface, explaining that Schlitz is “sociability’s adult refreshment, paced to today’s leisure — part of modern America’s new pattern of living.
Monday’s ad is for Schlitz, from 1958. Actually, it’s an advertising piece — a pamphlet or brochure — from their wonderful ad campaign, one of my all-time favorites, Schlitzerland. This piece, entitled Schlitzerland, U.S.A., or how to entertain Schlitzfriends,” gives advice, along with songs, or how to throw various types of parties successfully. This is the cover, and we’ll be exploring their advice over the next week or so. I so love the illustrations.
Craft brewers enjoyed continued growth through the first half of 2014, according to new mid-year data recently released by the Brewers Association, the trade group representing smaller brewers. Craft beer production increased 18 percent by volume during the first half of the year (though the new numbers are based on the revised definition of who is a craft brewer as per the BA, while last year’s numbers were compiled under the old definition). From the press release:
From January through the end of June, around 10.6 million barrels of beer were sold, up from 9.0 million barrels over the first half of 2013. “The sustained double-digit growth of the craft category shows the solidity of demand for fuller flavored beer in a variety of styles from small and independent American producers,” said Bart Watson, chief economist for the BA. “Craft brewers are providing world-class, innovative products that continue to excite beer lovers and energize the industry.”
As of June 30, 2014, 3,040 breweries were operating in the U.S., 99 percent of which were small and independent craft breweries. Additionally, there were 1,929 breweries in planning. Craft brewers currently employ an estimated 110,273 full-time and part-time workers, many of which are manufacturing jobs, contributing significantly to the U.S. economy.
Saturday’s ad is yet another one for Schlitz, this one from 1957. It’s yet another bowling scene, back from when bowling was really popular, asking us to “set up the fun with light refreshment.” Mary or Joan (ca’t tell which) is giving some liquid courage to Dave or Bill (ditto) before his next roll. That’s “leisure’s light refresher,” whatever that means.
Friday’s ad is another one for Schlitz, this one from 1959. It’s a fall scene, but despite all the changing leaves outside that probably need raking, they’re inside and cozy. Instead the man is reading the newspaper while his wife is pouring him a Schlitz. Despite the scene, apparently it ran during National Restaurant Month — which used to be October — the ad copy is encouraging people to “eat out more often.” You’d think it would have made more sense to show people out drinking their beer, wouldn’t you?
Thursday’s ad is another one for Schlitz, this one from 1961. What’s the difference they want you to enjoy? Why it’s “that deep, cool, kiss-of-the-hops flavor,” of course. They want you to “move up to Schlitz.” But what’s with the animals on the wall. An oval frame with a picture of a horse? And then the ugliest painting/drawing of a dachshund on a tray? Given the paneling on the wall, I guess it must be the rec. room or man cave.
Wednesday’s ad is for Schlitz, from 1944. The rugged man, sitting at a glass table with blueprints on it, and with surveying equipment in the background, stares longingly at a poster on the wall. The poster is itself an older ad for Schlitz, during their “Just the Kiss of the Hops” campaign days. How meta.