Curated by BeerVlog Guy on October 25, 2012 at 3:15 am
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Hamms Beer Commercial – Vintage Black and White with the Bear floating on a log in THE LAND OF SKY BLUE WATERS. Enjoy.
Didn’t know it was still around. I figured a beer named after a cut of pork wouldn’t sell.
Every now and then on Mystery Science Theater 3000 (most of the cast were from Minnesota and Wisconsin), they would sing this as a riff. Never got it. Then today I saw a list called, “You know you’re from Wisconsin if…” One of them was you sing this whenever you see the moon reflected on the surface of a lake. Finally decided to look it up. Glad I did. Cute little slice of Americana.
Of course I could be. But why would I choose to make something up about something like this and not something way cooler? There’s no way to prove anything anyone says on the internet lmao. But anyway, RIP Grandpa G, I miss you and Grandma and Dad!!
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You could just be making that up and no one would ever know.
From Minnesota, moved to Texas in 1985. My dad traveled over 4000 miles this summer (2012) and made sure he brought a 30 pack of Hamm’s to me (Lewisville, TX). Might be the only Hamm’s beer in Texas.
Whenever i need a beer i ask for a slice of Hamm
Maybe the ad guy who came up with this was Jon Hamms or sumpthin… tsss
The only thing that sucks abot all of this is I love my family name beer so where are my perks at miller. It was my great family name and relation that made it what it is.
That’s where I live—in the land of sky blue waters! Should I be drinking Hamm’s beer?
This commercial really does make you want a beer…. mmmmmmm Hamm’s
This is my all-time favorite commercial period. Thanks for posting.
I grew up hearing that commercial during Minnesota Twins Baseball games, wonderful memories!
my all time favorite beer. And thats because I liked these commercials as a kid. its hard to find Hamms beer now. Rite aid still sells it. great video!
AAAHHH yes..I agree with the previous comment…Those lazy saturday afternoons.. if not playing Ball..ya know…. that outside game we used to do….Dad , Unk, Cousins and we loved the Hamms commericials….You know before the Days of all the warnings and eveything that was bad for you…Come to think about it ,,my Dads generation is the Greatest Generation ever….Thanks for the Memories!!
white man speak with forked tongue
Wonderful animation and check out the opening and closing…beautifully done landscape created for a “beer” commercial. We kids were lucky when we had adults creating art for us back then…now we have people with little sophistication and imagination who don’t read and just text.
This is so surreal to me, my grandpa wrote the jingle for this commercial. It’s brought up every so often in the family. I actually didn’t know the jingle till after he died and realized it was his claim to fame. Awesome.
I loved that logging bear when I was a kid. Back in the middle 1960’s in Detroit, my dad worked afternoons, and when he got home, he’d watch TV with me on Friday nights; and when the sports came on the news, it was always sponsored by Hamm’s Beer.
I’m drinking a Hamm’s…while watching a Hamm’s commercial.
Hamms beer originated in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Amazing what long attention spans we had back then. I realize that informercials now run a half-hour or more, but back when this commercial aired, most commercials ran a minute (or longer — as is the case here), rather than the 15 seconds or less common now. And yes, the jingle is to die for. The beer’s not bad, either, or at least it wasn’t back in the 80s when we did a blind taste test and Hamms won. Gorgeous black and white photography…
I rember seeing these at ten years old in 1958 at home in North Dakota, strange using cartoons to sell beer, loved them.
Just finished off a Hamm’s just now. Still is refreshing, but brewed in Milwaukee.
Reviving the old memories! I always wanted to live in the Land of Sky Blue Waters!!
i like old commercials, cos they get to the point.
Holy shit am I thirsty now!
OMG! Ditto on everything you posted. You must have lived next door to me…
I am bringing a 12 pack of Hamm’s to a bears/packers game party on Sunday.
Sitting with grandpa in Williamsburg Iowa, shelling peanuts, watching Friday Night at the Fights sponsored by Gillette and Hamms, 1961 Emile Griffith vs Benny ” the kid ” Paret. Whoa; what great times. From the Land of Sky Blue Waters. Schmidts beer was also very popular, their claim to fame is that on their cans they had wildlife pictures. Schmidts the brew that grew with the great northwest.
My Dad drank Hamm’s and as a kid I always loved watching the dancing bear. So many great memories from the 50’s and 60’s. Wampum corn chips and Mother’s Pride soda for a treat on the weekend. Laughing at Jackie Gleason and of course watching wrestling and hearing Dick Lane shout “WHOA NELLIE”. Thanks for posting this.
OMG I remember this from back in the day and I’m only 38!! But, down in the hills of south central Missouri, it was still a popular brand. One thing I DO miss is the pull top. Though, I do admit to having had one get stuck in my foot more than once…..but still, it was just SUCH a better design than the poptop IMO.
Wow! My childhood – Cubs on channel nine (Sox on UHF) and Blackhawks! These commercials really stay with you.
filmed on the Jurassic park ride at universal studio’s
Not strange at all
I danced to this as a toddler. Born in 52 bored with tv show until the Hamms commercial came on then I would jump up and dance. Made my day…
My guess is lots of us little ones enjoyed this. Nancy
Hamm’s is still around,it’s now made by MillerCoors.
I miss all our old characters and icons. Like the Minnegasco Indian girl (I know, not PC), Reddy Kilowatt, the Northwestern Bank Weather Ball, Ewald Bros. cow (3-D billboards) and many more national ones…
How is the big bear just floating in the air at the beginning? Also, the duck’s voice is angelic.
soo awesome.. this is my Great Grandfather’s company - I don’t remember him, but i do remember the Hamms house and brewery.
I grew up hearing this jingle when I was a toddler, too on WGN. I could not remember the words, but I remember the theme of the song and the cartoon of it, thinking it was talking about meat ( I like eating meat when I was very young). I think it was 1978-79 and back then I was about 5 yrs old. WOW…nostalgia!
I remember these commercials from Minnesota Twins games on TV. Good memories.
“From the land of lake and pine, cool enchantment and the beer refreshing.”
At least that was the run in the ’70’s. It probably evolved over time, but the existing prints have fairly poor audio now.
Thanks! Again, very creative. N.B. that ad agencies wouldn’t assume anywhere near that level of literacy among today’s beer drinkers. #idiocracy
From the land of pines, lofty balsams
Saturday morning cartoons were so much better back in the day.
Great piece of nostalgia. Thanks for posting. I acually had some Hamm’s beer a few years ago and it’s really not bad at all.
This here is my family’s beer!
Man the tune really grows on you.
I used this commercial to illustrate :”beating internal 16th notes” to my music student. I was thumping my chest during her voice lesson, and the theme “From the Land of Sky Blue Waters” welled up in me. She died laughing. She’s hardly old enough to remember these commercials. I’ll be she’ll never forget the concept now!