You might remember Newcastle Brown Ale's antics around last year's Super Bowl—a little stunt from Droga5 called "If We Made It" that imagined what a Newcastle Super Bowl ad might have looked like if they could have afforded one.
The whole thing went pretty well, to say the least.
Given that success, Newcastle obviously had to screw with this year's game, too. And so it begins its 2015 Super Bowl ambush with the video below—in which the brewer, which still doesn't have $4 million lying around, pretends to crash a certain "Crash the Super Bowl" contest by a certain unnamed snack maker (OK, Doritos), so that it can get on the Super Bowl for free.
Newcastle's fake Doritos ad, also made by Droga5, is amusingly bad—which frankly is a step up from some of the actual Doritos finalists, which are short on the amusing part. It's full of stupidly obvious Newcastle product placement, in keeping with the brand's ethos of undercutting typical marketing tactics. There's even a case study (see below) about the "failed attempt to infiltrate a snack chip contest."
"We had such a good time almost making that Huge Sports Match ad last year, we decided we'd stop at nothing to finally make our way into the Really Large American Football Contest in 2015. Even if we still can't afford it," the brand tells us.
It's a bit of a convoluted premise—Newcastle's meta anti-advertising stunts often have a kind of pretzel-like structure to them. But the brand confirms there's more silliness to come in the next few weeks, so it should be fun to see what else they have in store.