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Date: Apr 2019
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Mike’s Hard Lemonade is celebrating momentous occasions in three new television and digital spots evolved from the brand’s signature feel-good style that gives reality a funny twist.

Mike’s transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary through some visual trickery. Each of these spots also feature three custom mixes of the New Julius song Bubbly from Brooklyn-based music house Low Profile.

In 'Birthday' a six-pack of Mike’s acts as the catalyst between two patio parties, uniting party goers across balconies to create one grandiose get-together. In 'Wedding,' a marriage celebration is electrified with a disco dance floor and upgraded, smile-inducing outfits, while 'Work,' finds an individual’s office turned into a bright celebration in honor of his 'workiversary.'

These spots are going live in conjunction with the brand’s summer campaign also launching today — 'The Brighter Times' — which is meant to celebrate the third year of its "Drink on the bright side" mantra. 

“This year, the creative spots are focused on delivering happiness to momentous occasions — in a heightened, meaningful way — that everyone can relate to,” said Tim Nolan, the executive creative director at Havas. “We created a bright, happy world that brings the irreverent vibe of the brand to life while celebrating good times everyone experiences. To customize the spots further, Mike’s Hard Lemonade partnered with emerging artists New Julius to create their debut track, which is being released alongside the campaign. This not only creates a cultural artifact, but also opens a unique new avenue for cross-promoting and marketing Mike’s and a piece of music.”


Client/Brand: Mike’s Hard Lemonade

Campaign: Drink on the Bright Side

Creative Agency: Havas Chicago

Executive Creative Director: Tim Nolan

Group Creative Director: Benny Jackson

Associate Creative Director, Copy: Eric Kripas

Copywriter: Tim Babb

Art Director: Paul Domingo

Executive Producer: Brigette Whisnant

Business Manager: Sylvia Sanchez

Senior Strategist: Casey Carpenter

Group Account Director: Chrissy Bouyea Gajiwala

Senior Account Director: Adam Burtaine

Project Manager: Sarah Scanlon



Director: Ross Cooper

Executive Producer: Rick Brown

Post Production



Editor: Volkert Besseling