The five most memorable Budweiser Clydesdale commercials; the horses are leaving Fort Collins

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The Budweiser brewery in Fort Collins announced yesterday that it is moving its Clydesdale training program from the northern Colorado town to a farm in Merrimack, New Hampshire, where it will also start a hitch-driving school.

The famous horses -- which are a big part of Bud's Fort Collins brewery tour -- became one of the company's trademarks in 1933 when brothers August A. Busch Jr. and Adolphus Busch gave them to their father to celebrate the end of Prohibition. The Clydesdales now serve as a major marketing and advertising tool.

Anheuser Busch gave almost no specifics on the reasons for the move beyond this statement: "To further develop our expert Clydesdale personnel and improve the logistical support behind our extensive traveling Clydesdale program, we are transitioning some of our local Clydesdale operations."

But Fort Collins will get a consolation prize. A team of six Clydesdales will be relocated from Missouri to Fort Collins to serve as the western region's promotional horses, going to events like one that took place at Applejack Wine & Spirits on August 18, at which customers were invited to hang out, take photos and, oh, buy discounted Bud products.

An Anheuser Busch spokesman didn't respond to our questions as to whether any of Bud's famous Clydesdale commercials were shot in Fort Collins, or whether any of the horses that were trained there had acted in those spots.

For the record, here are our five most memorable Clydesdale commercials:

5. The little donkey that could
Maybe it's because I was drinking too much beer, but I love that donkey, man. Like many of Budweiser's Clydesdale commercials, this one aired first during a Super Bowl -- in this case, the 2004 edition. It was overshadowed, however, by Janet Jackson's magical wardrobe malfunction.

4. Kneeling at Ground Zero
Aired only once, during the January 2002 Super Bowl, this commercial was produced to honor our country after 9/11. But is it a tear-jerking tribute or a cheap ploy framed as heartfelt patriotism? You be the judge.

3. A Dalmatian channels Mickey Goldmill
This ad from 2008 has Dalmatians, an inspirational story, beer and the theme from Rocky. What's not to like?


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8 comments
capo_1
capo_1

the best commercial is definitely the 911 one ...if you don't feel something when you watch this there is something wrong. 

Darencogdon
Darencogdon

What?!  Surely the BEST Bud Clydesdale commercial is the one with the foal?!

Brewtrek
Brewtrek

Who cares, Bud is piss water. Good riddance to the clydesdales, there are so many REAL Colorado breweries that deserve to take the headlines more than a company who has always being trying to buy our respect, rather than earn it like all of our outstanding craft brews.

Brewtrek
Brewtrek

My post said CRAFT BREWS, but I don't mind lumping Coors in, especially since they're anti-union. ;)

Cheese Cole
Cheese Cole

...I believe Brewtrek was making a reference to breweries like New Belgium brewery, Great Divide, Oskar Blues brewery, left hand brewery, Avery, Breckenridge brewery, ska brewery, Boulder beer, up-slope brewing, and many many many others. Look em up, Colorado produces some of the greatest beers in the world! 

Cheese Cole
Cheese Cole

...uh, Coors is NOT a craft brewer. And they are owned by Molson (Canadian).

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