Dark Horse Brewery Turns Down Nickelback Endorsement Deal

Brewer Rejects Nickelback Endorsement Deal: 'I Absolutely Hate That Band'

A blog post on a small Michigan Brewery's website about a nixed endorsement deal seems to have escaped serious notice, until now.

Reddit user Talpostal recently posted a March 2010 entry from Dark Horse Brewery's website, which revealed the operation's opportunity to have its beer featured in a Nickelback music video. Head brewer Aaron Morse was less than enthusiastic about the prospect:

It’s obvious that this would be a great opportunity for us and maybe get some mainstream youth into craft beer rather than the swill. However, none of us at the brewery really care for the band (or frat parties) so our knee jerk reaction is “no thanks”. But how cool would it be to see our beer in a video? Aaron said, “Why cant it be some cool band like Slayer?” The guy that called said the lead singer is familiar with our brand. What does that mean? Does the lead singer of Nickleback drink craft beer?

The post revealed that the band had until the following Monday to give the band an answer, and it asked customers and fans for guidance. Dark Horse ultimately declined the offer.

When the story started picking up steam two years after the fact, MLive contacted Morse for his thoughts now on the matter:

...Morse said he stands by his decision, although he could've made a lot of money from the exposure.

"I absolutely hate that band," Morse said today. "It's s--- rock and roll that doesn't deserve to be on the radio."

According to Dark Horse's original blog post, a producer working with Nickelback told Morse he envisioned the video featuring the brewery's delivery truck pulling up to a frat party and crowd shots of kids holding bottles of Dark Horse beer.

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