Will Ferrell Asks If He Can Star In Ads For Old Milwaukee Beer Free Of Charge

If Will Ferrell asks you if he can make ads for your oft-reviled product for free, the answer is always going to be yes. And that’s what Pabst Brewing Co. said when he presented the idea to do local TV ads in Davenport, Iowa for Old Milwaukee beer.

Yes, that Old Milwaukee, the one even your little brother won’t drink if there’s nothing else left in the house. BusinessInsider says Ferrell asked to do the ads last September, and went ahead and shot some spots, all focusing on Davenport. Which, of course, is not Milwaukee. Hilarious!

The ads are funny, and would most likely go viral — if Old Milwaukee had a YouTube page. As for whether or not they’ll actually boost sales of Old Milwaukee… well, my little brother does like a good Will Ferrell joke.

Enjoy them in their taped-off-TV glory below.

*Thanks to Arianna for the tip!

These Ads Will Ferrell Made For Old Milwaukee Will Be Huge [Business Insider]


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  1. Darrone says:

    Reminds me of PBR’s great advertising system of NOT ADVERTISING. This is taking it even further, and purposely badvertising. I actually like it.

    • Cat says:

      What’s a PBR? Personal Business Reference? Puckered Brown Ring?

      • Quirk Sugarplum says:

        Pilsner Bringing Regrets? Probably Brew Rejected? Piss By Racehorse?

      • rookie says:

        i’m taking a huge risk by thinking that yer question iz legitimate…
        please don’t snark me to death if not…

        pbr = pabst blue ribbon…

        • rookie says:

          you fool!!!
          everyone knows it stands for professional bull rider…
          the petite buxom redhead that’ll hurt him worse than any bovine…

      • atthec44 says:

        It’s a terrible beer that I once paid $5-6 for a can of at a hipster bar in the East Village on a trip to New York because it was the most drinkable beer they had. Come to think of it, that place sucked.

        • Remarkable Melba Kramer says:

          I’ve been drinking PBR for a long time. Does that make me hip??

          I don’t wear thick plastic framed glasses and skinny jeans though.

          • Wasp is like Requiem for a Dream without the cheery bits says:

            I find your lack of thick rimmed glasses and skinny jeans disturbing. I’m dumping you.

        • bonzombiekitty says:

          PBR was the most drinkable beer at a hipster bar? That surprises me actually. The hipster bars in Philly have good beer selection. There’s more than a few hipster bars that serve a bunch of nice craft beers and PBR – no bud, etc. Just craft beer and PBR.

      • LHH says:

        Pabst! Blue! Ribbon! too obscure?

    • TheWillow says:

      Every time people reminisce about Old Milwaukee or Beast or Natty or Keystone or whatever, I am extremely glad I went to college in a place where the cheapest beer is usually Lager (aka Yuengling).

    • Maltboy wanders aimlessly through the Uncanny Valley says:

      This says it all.

    • azgirl says:

      I think Dennis Hopper said it best about PBR in Blue Velvet… I wont quote it.. there is a potty word and I don’t want the kids to freak out.

    • SenorAnderson says:

      In “hipster” neighborhoods you will see billboards with PBR ads done in different art styles.

  2. Fumanchu says:

    I used to drink Old Milwaukee, then I took an arrow to the knee.

  3. RandomHookup says:

    In college, my Greek buddy called them “Old Milky Ways”. That can be their next campaign.

  4. He says:

    I think you’re confusing it with Milwaukee’s Best. Old Milwaukee is actually good. Plus the giant OM encourages meditation

    • denros says:

      The Beast… if you can get through a 30-pack, you gain godlike powers. No one has yet succeeded.

      • Maniacmous says:

        The Beast has claimed many victims.

        Case in point – **Weak Stomachs don’t click**

        The results would have been the same even if it weren’t 2+ years old.

  5. smo0 says:

    This is old news lol… but funny still.

  6. MaytagRepairman says:

    At least he had the common sense not to film it in Dubuque.

  7. Costner says:

    My Freshman year college roomie drank Old Mill Light as often as he could get his hands on it. If they didn’t have it he would drink Old Mill “Heavy” and I think I saw him drink a Busch Light or two in a pinch.

    Needless to say his taste buds most likely stopped working sometime around his 14th birthday for that to even be possible.

  8. BurtReynolds says:

    Old Mil isn’t bad.

    It is a shame there is another “Milwaukee” beer that drags its name down into the depths of alcohol hell.

  9. dush says:

    Another bored rich guy.

  10. Maltboy wanders aimlessly through the Uncanny Valley says:

    I still think this is the best one ever.

  11. LoadStar says:

    He also filmed two ads in Milwaukee for Old Milwaukee:

    He also filmed a bunch in Terre Haute, Indiana as well. Dude must love his Old Milwaukee.

    (Thanks, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

  12. Syntania says:

    Ugh, I hope Will got checked for hepatitis and tetanus after swimming in the Mississippi….ewww.

  13. Mudilo says:

    i’ll try one

  14. Alliance to Restore the Republic of the United States of America says:

    Dude. Gross. That’s not beer. That’s yellow fizzy water.

    Give me Guinness or give me death.

    • bar_foo says:

      Death it is, sir. I’m not giving you my Guinness.

    • rdaex says:

      Why is there this odd theory that Guiness is a GOOD stout?
      Its literally the same ABV and consistency as Budweiser.

      Go drink a Left Hand Milk Stout, or my personal favorite, Belhaven Stout.

  15. thomwithanh says:


  16. Badfinger says:

    We called it Old Swill, ghastly brew, to me, tasted like it was old (stale) right out of an ice cold can.
    Maybe they can use that line in their ads.

  17. podunkboy says:

    I drank a few $6 cases of Old Milwaukee back in college, but haven’t touched it since 1985. I doubt that it’s improved since then.

  18. zegron says:

    When my dad was in college they called it ‘Raccoon Piss’. Doesn’t sound like its gotten any better.

  19. sprybuzzard says:

    Old Make-me-walk-funny.

  20. Shinchan - Please assume that all of my posts are sarcastic unless indicated otherwise says:

    FACT: Old Milwakee is the only liquid that my father ingests.

  21. tator says:

    I think it is good to promote beers other than Anheuser-Busch. According to Wiki, “Anheuser-Busch has a market share in the United States of 50.9% for all beers sold”. Regardless of the quality of the product, it isn’t good for consumers to have companies that are so large they can dictate and manipulate the market. I have not bought (although I will drink if someone else is buying) an A-B product in over 20 years during which their share has grown about 10%.

  22. missy070203 says:


  23. shthar says:

    do you really think a beer compny should have a youtube channel?

  24. some.nerd says:

    Welcome to last week?

  25. Yeah Right says:

    Oh I wouldn’t be swimmin’ in Ol’ Miss’ if I were you Will.

  26. akronharry says:

    Reminds me of the slogan that Schaefer’s beer used to have :”When you’re having more than one”. A cheap beer (like OM) that after the first can did not make a difference to your taste buds. It was BEER.

  27. Ouze says:

    As someone who works in Davenport, I’m really getting a kick out of these videos.

  28. Shouhdes says:

    I drink a decent amount of PBR. That and High Life. If I am not drinking a decent beer. Which is pretty often.

  29. osiris73 says:

    Being from Davenport, and now just living the next town over, I can tell you two things:

    Davenport has a very misguided town council and has managed to keep Davenport a shithole for the last 20 years. That’s why we moved.

    The other thing is that the Mississippi around here is actually pretty safe these days. Further south… maybe not. Around here we’re still far enough north that the water tests pretty decently.

  30. ironflange says:

    Will Ferrell? As if we needed another reason to not drink Old Milwaukee.