Would You Like A Condom Ad In Your Beer?

Maybe the bottom of a beer glass isn’t the best place to advertise a jimmy cap. Do you really want to drain the last of your beer and suddenly be reminded of Stiffler from American Pie? Yeah, we didn’t think so.

“A condom in my beer” [HolyJuan]
(Photos: HolyJuan)


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  1. Gopher bond says:

    Actually, it’s probably a good idea. Especially after about 10 beers.

  2. bovinekid says:

    Yeah, that totally makes sense to me. I initially misread the headline as “Would you like a condom in your beer.” That would be less appropriate, I think.


  3. Uriel says:

    Better than a condom in your beer…

  4. CharlieInSeattle says:

    I fail to see the problem with this, since a lot of people do stupid things like not wear a condom when drunk after picking up a girl.

  5. Uriel says:

    but seriously, beer is piss water. Do people actually drink that cheap crap? gross.

  6. Bladefist says:

    Its better then a reminder to take your STD medication before taking that girl or boy home.

  7. johnva says:

    I think this is kind of smart advertising, personally. And also, “Stiffler from American Pie” would not be my first thought upon seeing that.

  8. ekthesy says:

    Ironically, if everyone heeded this message at the bottom of their glass, evolution would be a moot point.

    But I am vehemently pro-birth control, so go nuts, condom folks.

  9. Skiffer says:


  10. arl84 says:

    Yeah I also think it’s a good idea – Me and all the other “accidents” out there may not be around takin up too much space if they started this earlier!

    Just kidding. In this day and age, people are sleeping with anything that stands still long enough, with little regard to safety or birth control. This is a necessary evil.

    But it depends on where this was at. Was this some seedy dive bar? Or a real classy lounge? That might be a little tasteless for the latter.

  11. Uriel says:

    hmm, everyone wearing condoms and the entire human race going extinct…well, you’d sure have one over on God…he would not have seen that one coming.(No pun, God I hate puns)

  12. crazybutch says:

    i wouldn’t be opposed to them taking it a step further and handing out a condom with the beer.

  13. Darkwish says:

    Maybe it’s really a way to get you to drink more beer since most people probably don’t have any need to wear a condom if they’re in a bar drinking a beer so they drown their sorrows with another beer….

  14. Darkwish says:

    @Uriel: What’s wrong with puns???

    Puns are considered the lowest form of humor only by those that don’t find them funny.

  15. saltmine says:

    I’m much happier with a bar subsidizing the skyrocketing price of beer with ads in the glasses, vs. the use of “falsies” and exaggerating the head.

  16. Darkwish says:

    @bovinekid: @Uriel: That would bring new meaning to the term “beer goggles”…

  17. satoru says:

    Doesn’t seem much different than those coasters with the beer brands on them. Heck my local coffee shop has ads on the hot sleeves now for Sprint and Weight Watchers.

  18. zentex says:

    @testsicles: agreed.

  19. homerjay says:

    Maybe if Trojan invented a condom that was virtually undetectable by the wearer and the… umm… recipient(?) then maybe they wouldn’t have to jam it down peoples throats.

    Wait, that didn’t come out right. I must be drunk…

  20. rmz says:

    @Uriel: You’ve been drinking the wrong beer, I think.

  21. TWinter says:

    I don’t have a problem with it. Condoms prevent STDs and unwanted pregnancy – I’ve got no problems with that.

  22. m4ximusprim3 says:

    @ekthesy: That was my thought as well. Whoever decided on the whole “evolution” tagline did not think this thing through.

    The more seeds I plant, the quicker I’ll propagate my webbed toes as a useful genetic abberation. Fish people unite against condoms!

    Now, about that beer again..

  23. Mayor McRib says:

    It would be much better if condoms came with beer.

  24. urban_ninjya says:

    I think it can be something of a pickup line..

    To the girl at the bar next to me…

    Me: Hey there.. check out this useless ad at the bottom of my glass.
    Girl: Yeah, you won’t need that with me because I’m not going home with you.
    Me: Good, you just proved my point.

  25. bohemian says:

    Reminding people in a bar that using a condom if your picking someone up, not a bad idea. Ads in the bottom of my beer, that sucks. I’m really tired of ads showing up everywhere.

  26. evslin says:

    @Uriel: but seriously, beer is piss water

    Busch Light is piss water. I’ll take a Sam Adams or a Sapporo or a Lobotomy Bock any day of the week, though.

    Also, Indian food + IPA = extra win

  27. Actually, Chris; this seems like a very good idea. You are completely wrong.

  28. RodAox says:

    so any of this money generated from these ads will ever end up in my glass as free beer ? perhaps a free condom to make balloons out of………..

  29. PersonOfInterest says:

    Yes, yes I would like a condom ad in my beer. How about a reminder about not drinking and driving and the danger of sexual assault and alcohol too. Thanks.

  30. SacraBos says:

    This is useless. Someone so drunk that they need reminding to protect themselves can’t see well enough to read the ad, anyway Now if only they made beer goggles that can protect you from thong shrapnel, you’d have something.

    Oooo… I’m going to hear about that one.

  31. trujunglist says:

    Leela: Didn’t you have ad’s in the 20th century?
    Fry: Well sure, but not in our dreams. Only on TV and radio. And in magazines. And movies. And at ball games and on buses and milk cartons and t-shirts and written on the sky. But not in dreams. No siree!

  32. SahuaritaSam says:

    I think it’s a good idea – but it doesn’t reinforce as much as an actual beer ad would. If I’m drinking a beer and suddenly see a Sam Adams ad (for example), I might be willing to give Sam Adams a shot if it’s at the bottom of my glass, especially if the ad says it’s on sale.

  33. snoop-blog says:

    I don’t see the harm in it. You don’t get offended when you go to the bathroom in a different bar and see the condom machine there…

    And sorry chris, but the first thing I’d think of is me getting laid.

  34. helloashley says:

    I don’t think it’s a bad idea. Trojan’s marketing seems to focus mostly on young people and using a condom as a method of STD prevention, so advertising in a bar makes perfect sense.

  35. snoop-blog says:

    I think that I heard that one in five adults have genital herpes. After thinking about that long enough, this ad seem totally fine.

    At least it was a trojan ad instead of a cheaper and far worse condom company.

    oasn (on a side note), I’d be interested to find out how many people get laid after drinking at that bar. If maybe somehow seeing that ad plants a subliminal seed to get laid.

  36. LucyInTheSky says:

    actually, this isn’t a truly terrible idea. why not, right?

  37. snoop-blog says:

    the way it looks to me, you see the ad the entire time your drinking your beer.

  38. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot says:

    I don’t see the problem with the ad – when I think back of my days in college when I was a resident advisor, and the number of girls who came to talk to me because they were worried they might be pregnant after having slept with who-the-hell-knows after a night of drinking, maybe something like this might have helped.

  39. HoraceCabiri says:

    Seriously! Puns are a rare medium, especially when well done.

  40. LintySoul says:

    I wouldn’t want to stare at an advertisment at the bottom of my cup while drinking my beer. Sure it means well, but it is still an advertisment and I think it looks damn tacky.

    Condom machines in the restrooms would seem to be more helpful. Regardless of the fact that its a trashy dive or classy jazz bar, the condom machine could be available in both. Too drunk to drive to the corner store with your hot date? Grab a vendy condom while in the bathroom! Its discreet and conveinent. There could also be vendy lubricants.

    Why doesn’t this happen? Bring forth the vendy condoms!

  41. smint says:

    It’s jimmy HAT. I didn’t even listen to real music in the early 90s and I know that.

  42. planet2334 says:

    I wonder what else they will advertise in the bottom of the beer glasses… maybe aspirin for hangovers? Maybe a certain brand of pretzels…

  43. HolyJuan says:

    The photo was taken at The Surly Girl in Columbus, OH. They’ve got a great beer selection. Just seedy enough to make you come back.

  44. LJKelley says:

    Maybe if having sex with condoms didn’t feel like having unnatural sex. Maybe if no matter how large they are they always feel like they are sqeezing the life out (and I guess eventually do).

    Until then I’ll just have to be careful and not be a slut.

  45. Superawesomerad says:

    @LJKelley: Yeah bro, only sluts use condoms! Hi-five!

  46. @LJKelley:

    you’re a jackass. go head-butt your frat bro for me.

  47. JennQPublic says:

    @PersonOfInterest: I don’t know what’s wrong with the Consumerist. This is a brilliant idea. The only thing that would make it more brilliant is adding your ideas too.

  48. saltmine says:

    @LintySoul: Have you ever been in an establishment that serves liquor? The condom vending machine is about as common as the high school girl’s bathroom tampon machine.

  49. Double J says:

    Somewhere, some drunk bastard is wearing a beer glass on his dork trying to get laid telling the lady “It’s cool baby, it’s by Trojan”

  50. AgentTuttle says:

    Welcome to America, where everything is made in China and everything else is an advertisement. Anybody see when they were wrapping parking lot stops in ads? I remember when the grocery dividers at the store were just a hunk o’ rubber.

  51. Parting says:

    Ha! Ha! If you’re on a date, it the perfect moment to tell poor guy : ”Nope, you’re not getting laid tonight!”

    @AgentTuttle: There is so much advertisement, that most people don’t notice it any more. When you mentioned dividers, I had to concentrate to finally realize they DO come with advertisements.

  52. SacraBos says:

    @AgentTuttle: Now you see ads on car hubcaps, the handles of nozzles at gas station, school report cards, and about any available surface. People will pay to place ads everywhere.

    I had a great dream last night, and made about $35 in product placement revenue.

  53. Lambasted says:

    @Double J: I shouldn’t laugh at that but I couldn’t help myself.

  54. witeowl says:

    Sorry, but this is a great idea. In my mind: it’s tastefully done, well targeted, and pretty unobtrusive. I don’t stare at the bottom of my drinking glass very often. I’m normally looking at the people I’m talking with. At the same time, I would see it occasionally, so it would still be effective.

    Of course, I still don’t get what was so awful about the evolve condom commercial with the pigs in the bar. I mean, really, are we still pretending that if people don’t know about condoms they won’t know about sex?

  55. PatrickIs2Smart says:

    But was it a true 16 ounce pint??

  56. donkeyjote says:

    Bad marketing. Remember, the people most likely that need to be reminded of wearing a condom, drink beer out of bright red plastic cups, not glass ones.

  57. dumblonde says:

    I think it’s a great idea. In Europe lots of bars had condom ads and for example ads about chlamydia and shit in the bathrooms. It may seem off putting but it reminds people of responsibility at a crucial moment.

    BTW Consumerist, please moderate your comments. Uriel is obviously a troll.

  58. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    @PersonOfInterest: I used to volunteer with a non-profit that put up posters with the same messages in the bathroom stalls in bars and restaurants (and schools, police stations, whoever wanted ’em).

    Your suggestion is an excellent idea.

  59. RandomHookup says:

    I prefer a Magnum with my beer, thank you very much.

  60. IrisMR says:

    Hey, that’s a great idea! Now make it funny.

  61. tptcat says:

    @Uriel: No. People do not actually drink beer. Don’t worry.

  62. Thats awesome. Im already dead set on *never* reproducing, but it doesn’t mean I dont appreciate random oddities such as this every now and then.

  63. magnus150 says:

    This is a great idea. What causes more one night stands then beer?

  64. Nev-in-NYC says:

    Beer always seemed like a waste of time to me. It doesn’t get you that drunk unless you have more than 6 and even then you spend most of the night pissing it out. As they say, you don’t buy beer you just rent it.

    Personally, I’ll stick with my scotch. You can sip at it and after you hit that 2nd double you’re already smiley…and by the 3rd you’re nice and loose…

  65. Gopher bond says:

    @Nev-in-NYC: Yeah, but you don’t usually shotgun, funnel, or play games with Scotch so it’s more of drink for Sir Buzz Killington.

  66. drunken marmot says:

    As a middle-aged happily married female beer drinker, I think this is tasteless and sexist. I don’t need to be seeing condom ads at the bottom of my brew and since beer drinkers are mostly male, why aren’t there similar ads in the bottom of Chardonnay glasses?
    Just stirrin’ the pot…

  67. slickhop says:

    @masser: yeah, um, not sexist. at all. maybe discriminating against lesbians, but i bet they won’t mind more folks having safer sex. i know its a business, but i’m for more safer sex messages in more places, almost every time.

    as for tasteless, well. there are no lewd images, the only thing that could be tasteless is that it references sex. but the copy is directly related to safer sex practices, which i refuse to acknowledge as “tasteful or not” because that’s feeding into the sexually repressed majority who are in their way responsible for soaring teenage pregnancy, accidental pregnancy and raging STD epidemics.

    so yeah, great idea.

  68. Charmander says:

    As an almost middle-aged happily married female beer drinker, I think this is a great idea!!

  69. Musician78 says:

    I think that is a phenominal idea. I can’t tell you how many times drinking has led to (AHEM!!) trouble…. luckily I never needed advertising; the thought of dealing with a screaming child every day was more than enough to make me use condoms.

  70. Jabberkaty says:

    Hmmm. I think beer would hurt coming out through my nose. Which is the logical conclusion to this type of advertising.

  71. Nev-in-NYC says:

    @testsicles: Maybe you don’t…maybe that’s why my memories of college are so blurred and sporadic…