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The Legendary Duff Beer is Back in Oz

The legendary Duff Beer is back.

Homer Simpson’s lager of choice is on the market again.

It’s not the Australia version brewed in the mid 90’s by the Lion Nathan Brewery, as that project came to an abrupt end when 20th Century Fox brought legal action against the company, forcing the cans to be swiftly removed from Aussie shelves.

If you managed to secure a carton or two and didn’t drink them, and have been living under a mushroom for some time, these cans can fetch a princely sum. Check out the net you’ll find some eager vendor willing to part with their prized possession for a nice price.  Shaunessy of Queensland sold his excellent condition, full contents carton of cans for $USD 1000 on Swap Ace and someone in Newcastle wants to sell you their mint condition 6 pack on locanto.com.au.  On June 21st 2011 a solitary can of Lion Nation Brewery Duff Beer sold for $150 on ebay.com.au and even empty cans are asking between $15-$25 AUD. EBay buyer U**t
purchased an empty Duff carton for $34.99 + $15.00 for postage. Great Aussie enterprise pipped at the post, but still earning for collectors a decades later. ‘Mmmmm Beer’ as Homer would say.

I wonder what Lion Nathan Brewery thinks about the German invasion on Australian shores? It’s not called simply Duff Beer though; it’s The Legendary Duff Beer. In 2010 it was Germanys number 1 Best Seller. It uses the same branding colours as the Simpsons and Lion Nathan version, except there’s a dot on the top of the label in the TV series. Also, it doesn’t come in a can that this author knows of but a 330ml bottle. Brewed by Eschweger Klosterbrauerei, it’s a German Pilsner with 4.9% alcohol value, that doesn’t get ecstatic reviews. Most bought it for its novelty value.  The Legendary Duff Beer has been selling in Europe for a while, but is now available on Australian shores.

Buy it if you find it, it probably won’t be long for this world, once 20th Century FOX & Matt Groening learn that they’re not making royalties on a knock-off beer.

According to the bottleshop advertisement, it’s ‘More Than Just Beer.’

That’s right, Doh!

It’s The Legendary Duff Beer!

Available on special in Fremantle, Western Australia until July 31st for $59.99/carton

Get yours today.

Duff Man would be proud!

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The Hoffsicle!

The Hoffsicle a fruit flavoured icypole moulded in the form of David Hasselhoff has been launched by Del Monte Foods, in honour of the USA’s July National Ice-cream Month. Which part you gunna lick?

That’s actually quite disturbing. The man is a douche.  Seriously why does this guy have such legend status? Now ladies, I think Del Monte foods might need to check their priorities. As of course any business is in it to make money not turn  their customers off.

Now I think a icypole in the shape Jensen Ackles aka Dean Winchester from the Supernatural series would be a better choice or maybe Alex O’ Loughlin from the the current Hawaii Five O series or even Fergie’s sexy husband Josh Duhamel but the Hoff please! I know if an icypole were in the images of sexy men then they would fly out of the freezer. Yes, and one for the guys, they could mould Pippa arse too. Imagine the profit!

This year Hasselhoff was named Britains Smoothest TV Personality. I’m shaking my head. Come on! He’s a Has-been, but his cult status is imprinted in urban culture. Have a check on the web and you can purchase all matter of Hoff merchandise. There’s thousands of sites dedicated to the Hoff. Gotta give it to you David, your brand works but I gag at the thought of buying an icypole dedicated to you! Yuck!

Spread the word!

Creative statements on packaging mislead again.

This time its brand name X with
a flowery spread, ‘crammed full of sunflower seed oils’.

What’s the definition of crammed according to
the Oxford Dictionary? It means, completely fill (a place
or container) to the point of overflowing.

FAIL!

Reading the
nutritional panel, the spread has only 24% sunflower oil. It’s not crammed full
of sunflower seed oils as it claims on the front. In fact, 76% of it is crammed
full of other ingredients like vegetable oils, emulsifiers, preservatives,
colours and flavours!

It does have the Heart
Foundation
tick which means it can’t be that bad. Right?

 It’s been rigorously
and independently analysed by a NATA accredited laboratory to ensure it meets the
Heart Foundation criteria before a tick can be applied.  According the Heart Foundation website, ‘Tick foods offer not only a healthier choice but truth in food labelling too. It
must either on packaging or at point of sale, a nutrition information panel as specified
in the Australian New Zealand Food Authority Code and comply with the Code of
Practice on Nutrient Claims in Food Labels and in Advertisements.’ 

This product complies obviously. However, advertisers use clever spin. The data on the amount of sunflower seed oils was lifted directly from the nutritional panel on the back of the pack. Clearly if it were crammed there would be more than 24% in the product wouldn’t there?

What the Frack!

No it’s not the fictional expletive from the original Battlestar Galatica series.

BUT

A new word this author discovered today

and…..

 If you know the answer a person in Pakistan on www.freelancer.com.au will pay you for the answer.

So………What the Frak is Frack?

A novices guide:

 An abbreviation for hydraulic fracturing. A process used in drilling for natural gas. 

A scrumptious rich black seam of rock is discoverered wherein lies pockets of trapped bubbles of gas.  An energy company gets hungry and gleeingly rubbing hands together liberates the gas by fracking it.  

 The gas is fracked by forcefully injecting chemicals and  millions of tonnes of water down a well bore into the rock. The fracking breaches the earth creating a fissure through which the natural gas passes.

Fracking process- Diagram

The wells are driven deep underground but when the chemicals used in the process rise to the surface they come in contact with ground water, arousing contamination fears. The water used in the process not only flows back the chemicals and water used in the original process but contaminants from deep inside the earth.

Gas extraction= Nasty chemicals, waste water, industrial process and possible ground water contamination.

I guess this novice is curious now!

What the Frack!