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Kona Beer’s ‘Bruddahs’ are Back and Game for NFL Playoff Tailgating

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Duncan Channon campaign shares to joy of watching the big game with friends

Kona Beer’s ‘Bruddahs’ are Back and Game for NFL Playoff Tailgating

With the 2022 NFL playoffs around the corner, Kona Brewing Co. and its beloved ‘bruddahs’ are back with new TV spots designed to court football fans as they watch games and gather with friends. Launching today January 10th, the new creative will air during NFL playoff games leading up to this year’s big game. 

The NFL-focused media buy and sports-related theme for the latest instalment of Kona’s ‘Dear Mainland’ campaign builds on the brand’s success with audiences around its creative themed around Major League Baseball in 2021. The moves represent a playful expansion of the campaign’s topics, as its laid-back and straight-talking ‘bruddahs’ find common ground with 'mainlanders' over sports-related occasions to crack open a cold Kona beer -- along with their signature reminders to enjoy the good times amidst work and tech-heavy lifestyles.

In the new ‘Tailgate’ spot, Kona’s ‘bruddahs’ nod to tailgating as a pastime shared with mainlanders, who are presumably enjoying tailgates around the NFL playoffs themselves. In a classic island twist, the 'bruddahs' reveal they don’t need a game at all to create a reason to grab some friends, fire up the food and reach for the Kona beer. A second 15 second spot titled ‘Island Time’ has fun with the pressure mainlanders feel around time, and instead suggests that they embrace a different perspective that’s more conducive to a little fun. 

“Kona’s beloved Hawaiian brothers have spent years serving up island perspective to help us see things differently, so it’s fun to see them agree with mainlanders when it comes to tailgating,” said Parker Channon, creative director for the campaign, Duncan Channon. “Game or no game, our new ‘Tailgate’ spot reminds us that it’s always a good idea to grab some friends, food and Kona beer.” 

In addition to the new TV spots, Kona is announcing a custom made, limited-edition GameDay Hammock. Inspired by Kona’s favourite beer, Big Wave, and complete with an attached bottle opener, the GameDay Hammock might just offer the best seat in the house. Following the NFL playoff focus, the brand will continue to air the TV spots through spring and summer 2022 - with a third spot entitled ‘Missing Slippah’ going live in March. 

“Kona is excited to connect with football fans during the NFL playoffs, a natural time when people are celebrating with friends and family around the games,” said Cindy Wang, senior director of brand marketing, Kona Brewing Co. “We know that Kona wouldn’t be the first brand that you normally associate with football. We want to take this opportunity to playfully show fans how our Hawaiian mindset is uniquely relevant to everyday moments, including sports. One life, right?” 

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Client

Client: Kona Brewing Co.

Vice President of Marketing: Ken Kunze

Senior Director of Marketing: Cindy Wang

Brand Manager: Vanessa Bennett

Associate Brand Manager: Brooke Schwab

Agency

Creative Agency: Duncan Channon

Creative

Partner & Executive creative director: Parker Channon

Associate creative director: Adam Zash

Associate creative director: Andy Whalen

Account

Account director: Nick Gustafson

Account manager: Erica Afanador

Production

Head of TV and content production: Keenan Hemje

Associate producer: Elisa Gonzales-Karapetian

Senior project manager: Michelle Mirasol

Strategy

Strategy director: Kelleen Peckham

Production partners

Production : O positive

Production Co.: O Positive

Director: Brian Billow

Executive Producers: Ralph Laucella, Marc Grill

1st AD: Grayson Bithell

DP: Adam Richards

Service Company

Service Co.: Island Film Group

Executive Producer: Krista Carella

Edit

Editorial : The Den editorial

Editor: Katie Cali

Assistant Editor: Stephen Shrink

Producer: Jessica Mann

EP: Ryan Curtis

Finishing: Gabe Sanchez & Alice Cen

Colour

Colourist : CO3

Colourist : Siggy Ferstl

Music

Music: Brutus La Benz and Kanoa Kukaua

Audio

Audio Mix House: One Union Recording

Senior Engineer: Joaby Deal

Assistant Engineer: Michael Swarce

Executive Producer: Jaylen Block-Smith

Genres: People, Storytelling, Comedy, Dialogue

Categories: Beers, Alcoholic Beverages

Duncan Channon, Mon, 10 Jan 2022 16:06:41 GMT