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Smithwick’s Red Ale Keeps it Interesting in Latest Campaign

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The campaign was created with Boys + Girls and shot by Martin Wonnacott

Smithwick’s Red Ale Keeps it Interesting in Latest Campaign
Smithwick’s, Ireland’s No.1 ale, has launched a new integrated campaign prompting the Irish public to ‘Keep It Interesting’. Amidst the sea of sameness of yellow lagers and beers, the iconic red ale stands out as the more interesting choice. This campaign is the first work for Smithwick’s by Boys+Girls, Ireland’s largest Independent agency.

The Diageo-owned Smithwick’s brand is full of character with a sheer abundance of interesting things to say, so the idea was to make stand out designs bursting with character. Drawing inspiration from the way we chat over a pint, the creative uses expressive, hand-lettered typography to create a bespoke tapestry of headlines and showcase Smithwick’s unique brand attitude. The campaign was shot with world renowned drinks photographer and director Martin Wonnacott. Martin recently won multiple Cannes Lions and Clio’s for his work with Coca-Cola.  

Ben Finnegan, brand manager at Smithwick’s said: “We are delighted with the new campaign which showcases Smithwick’s unique character in a fun way. We worked closely with Boys+Girls from the start to ensure that the personality of the brand was central and really brought to the forefront. The resulting imagery and designs are really eye-catching and  challenge the usual media formats so we’re really excited for the brand and seeing where it will go from here.” 

Shane Casey, creative director at Boys + Girls said, “Smithwick’s is a part of Irish culture, but it’s almost taken for granted these days so it’s been great to produce a new campaign for one of Ireland’s oldest brands. From the outset, the Smithwick’s team have tasked us with really challenging people’s preconceptions and to have fun with the brand in an eye-catching and engaging way. Martin is the best in the business so we’ve been delighted to work with him to capture Smithwick’s in a way it’s never been seen before.” 

The campaign launched nationwide on 4th November across OOH, Digital and Social. 
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Client: Smithwick’s

Brand Manager: Ben Finnegan

Head of Beer Portfolio, Europe: Stuart Kinch

Consumer Planning Manager: Shomik Ray


Agency: Boys + Girls

Executive Creative Director: Rory Hamilton

Creative Director: Shane Casey

Copywriter: Georgia Murphy

Art Director: Cian O’Connell

Head of Design: Barry Smith

Finished Art: Simon Ross

Motion Design & Animation: Patrick Horan

Agency Producer: Derek Doyle

Head of Client Service: Pat Stephenson

Account Director: Andrea Dalton Doran

Planner: Keith Reynolds


Photographer: Martin Wonnacott

Retouching: Velvet Robot

Categories: Beers, Alcoholic Beverages

Boys+Girls, Fri, 15 Nov 2019 15:32:37 GMT