So, imagine this.  Local and international stars of South Africa’s most memorable beer and cider ads walk into a bar. Sounds like the start of a joke. Instead, it’s a recipe for magic in a witty ad for Distell’s new beverage, EDGE.

Picture the scene. Savanna’s Barry Hilton’s tending the bar. Windhoek Lager’s Louis Gosset Jr is still keeping it real. He’s joined by Hunters’ number one china Thapelo Mokoena and Hansa’s legendary Vuyo “Litha Dumse”. Up pops Jason Goliath from Castle’s rugby ads. The results are surprising and entertaining in the way that only EDGE can be.

It’s a simple, engaging and provocative approach with an irreverent tonality.  That’s exactly what’s needed for a category-breaker, says Distell’s Vithesh Ramklown, Global Brand Development Manager. The whole point is that EDGE is neither beer nor cider – it’s where beer and cider meet. That’s why we used the metaphor of the well-known beer and cider personalities meeting and enjoying EDGE.

The great thing about EDGE is that the taste is unique for everyone and consumers consistently played back about how pleasantly surprising the drink is. The ad is sure to ruffle some feathers – but Ramklown says consumer focused communication always works well.  “The ad will bring our brand proposition to life initially on our digital and social platforms.”