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CUB steps up heritage brands focus

November 13, 2015

Heritage beer brands have similar consumer appeal to the booming craft beer segment, according to Carlton & United Breweries, which resurrected the Tooth & Co trademark this week.

The Tooth’s Pale Ale launch builds on the success of heritage brands such as Resch’s and Melbourne Bitter, CUB’s Tim Ovadia told Australian Brews News.

The company this year appointed Amy Kearney as dedicated brand manager for the heritage segment, in addition to her other responsibilities.

“We’re passionate about growing the beer category and our commitment is to innovate and bring products to market that get people talking about beer again,” Ovadia said.

“We’ve just this year launched Melbourne Bitter back onto draught again and it’s been a phenomenal success for us and or consumers.

“Resch’s Draught is still a significant heritage brand of scale in the pubs channel. Old Kent Brown has got a resurgence amongst inner city younger drinkers, ironically. It’s quite a challenging beer style but they love the story behind Old Kent Brown.”

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Tooth’s and Resch’s beers on display at The Oaks

Similarly to craft beer, Ovadia said heritage brands are compelling for consumers because they tap into local areas and regions.

“If you look at what’s happening in craft and why craft beers are growing, there’s two reasons,” he said.

“Craft beer is introducing consumers to different styles of beer, and secondly, those brands tend to have local provenance stories.”

Demonstrating the overlap in appeal, Kearney said CUB is fielding enquiries from craft beer-focused venues about ranging the heritage brands.

Not about trademark protection
Tooth’s Pale Ale is the first in a series of beers Ovadia said will be “given back to local communities”.

“What we’re finding is an amazing response,” he said. “Younger drinkers like getting connected with the history and stories of the past, and older drinkers nostalgically look back on these beers that, in this instance, were a big part of inner Sydney.”

He said there are other Tooth’s and Resch’s products that may be in line for a relaunch in Sydney.

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In Melbourne, upcoming releases will include McCracken’s Ale in January and a draught release of Abbotsford Invalid Stout in May.

Kearney said CUB may delve even deeper to awaken some of its suburban brands such as Richmond Lager, which along with McCracken’s was one of 60 unused trademarks that Thunder Road Brewing sought to prise from CUB two years ago.

However, Ovadia insisted the heritage program has nothing to do with trademark protection. As evidence, he pointed to the “effort and passion” that had been devoted to the Tooth’s relaunch.

“In the past we have pulsed certain brands in the marketplaces to protect their trademarks, but this isn’t about that at all,” he said.

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4 Responses to CUB steps up heritage brands focus

  1. Linds on March 23, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Having been involved with the design, manufacture and release of these beers when pulsed in the past I truly hope there is truth in the current line of thinking. I.e. Building brands not protecting trademarks. These are great brands with heritage and deserve to be treated with respect. I am glad a Brewer of Scott’s integrity is behind the scenes and look forward to the new incarnations.
    I just had a tooths a few days ago and was left wanting more point of difference. Just because these beers ended up being wort streamed at the end doesn’t mean they always tasted that way or should be brought back in that form. Please use this as a chance to bridge the gap between mainstream and craft.

  2. Josh on November 19, 2015 at 8:51 am

    It’s not easy to believe spin from the big boys. But I do like the honesty in the last paragraph: ‘“In the past we have pulsed certain brands in the marketplaces to protect their trademarks, but this isn’t about that at all,” he said.’

    Draught Invalid Stout could be great.

  3. Joel on November 18, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    I’ve said it before, Resch’s DA Pint Cans will fly off the shelf.

    But I doubt they’ve got the balls to try it.

    • Pete on December 5, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      I agree with you on the Resch’s DA, Joel!
      I got a local micro brewery to brew me up a recipe they got hold of, as a christmas present for my old man last year. They brewed it up for me as a special and now its on their regular brew list and is really popular with a bunch of locals.
      Only problem is, its up on the Qld boarder and my old man is down in Sydney.
      Don’t suppose anyone knows of a Sydney micro brewery that is producing a good Resch’s DA equivalent?

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