Shopper Innovation Awards: Budweiser rocks out with Metallica

The brand produced a limited run of beer inspired by the iconic band for a Quebec City show.

This story appears in the April/May 2016 issue of strategy.

Silver: Partnering

When it was announced that iconic rock band Metallica would open the new music venue Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Budweiser saw an opportunity to participate in the historic event and create a show that would live beyond the encore.

Budweiser produced a limited run of Budweiser beer inspired by Metallica’s music and energy. The signature red and white Budweiser can was transformed into Metallica black and silver, and featured the Metallica logo and iconic lightning bolts (an homage to the band’s 1984 album, Ride the Lightning). It also hosted a grand opening tailgate party for 5,000 fans, who were invited to autograph a branded tanker containing the new brew.

The Metallica beer later made its way to a local brewery where only 91,750 cases were produced and made available in the Quebec market. For the two weeks before the product arrived on shelves, Budweiser created anticipation through social media. Each limited edition case came with a certificate of authenticity and the chance to find Metallica-autographed cans inside. One store completely sold out in less than an hour.


Advertiser | Labatt Breweries of Canada – Budweiser
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