Kestrel lager relaunches

Kestrel lager is relaunching, with new designs by consultancy SPD that aim to ‘premiumise’ the brand.

Kestrel 5 per cent can with glass
Kestrel 5 per cent can with glass

The new range comprises a number of new variants, including a low alcohol 2.8 per cent lager and an alcohol-free version. The 9 per cent Kestrel Super is also being relaunched, along with a ‘premium’ 5 per cent lager and a Pilsner.

Kestrel was bought last year by Nigel McNally, a former marketing director at Wells & Young’s, who now co-runs Brookfield Drinks, a new company that focuses on reviving neglected brands.

SPD was brought in to work on the project about six months ago, due to an existing relationship with both McNally and Wells & Young, which previously owned Kestrel.

The consultancy has designed new packaging for the range, redrawing the logo and creating a new colour palette. The kestrel illustration on the packaging has also been modified for the relaunch.

Kestrel lager
Kestrel lager

According to SPD, the colour palette used across the range is ‘inspired by Scotland’, with the 5 per cent variant using purple, referencing heather; the low-strength using a ‘Scottish blue’ and a green tone used for the Pilsner.

The ‘sharing can’ incorporates more of the previous Kestrel look and feel, as to not alienate previous Kestrel drinkers, says Andy George, creative strategist at SPD.

George says, ‘We needed to try and premiumise Kestrel – especially with the 5 per cent – so we used purple to try and get it toe-to-toe with other premium continental lagers, but we also had to give [the brand] strong Scottish credentials.’

George says that much of the strategy work for the relaunch focuses on repositioning Kestrel Super as a ‘responsible drinking option’, and trying to move away from its previous ‘bad rep’.

He says, ‘We wanted to communicate that rather than it just being a stronger brew it has a very complex flavour profile – it’s not just about the strength.’

Kestrel is currently being sold in independent retailers. And SPD says the brand is in talks with ‘some larger multiples about stocking the brand in future.

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  • Nicola Fleming November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    I am struggling to shake off the images of old men, scruffy chavs and full on alcoholics loitering on the streets supping Kestrel Super. Very curious to see how this relaunch manifests as a whole campaign though. If this succeeds at shaking off the negative reputation it already has, I will be very impressed!

  • phillip morgan November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    I know strong lagers 9 per cent get a bad rap. But what puzzles me is there are women sitting in the pub knocking back glass after glass of wine 13 per cent strong and the media does not go on about that.

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