Tuesday, April 12, 2011

bartles & jaymes

Bartles & Jaymes is an excellent excuse for me to talk about two things that I love: old men and wine coolers. OK, maybe I like only one of those things.

Crazy old men are awesome! From the cranky man in the movie UP (and by the way, there is an EXCELLENT bottle cap reference in this movie) to musicians like Tom Waits, who has been an old man since he was 12 years old, I just can't resist a crazy old man.

As for me liking wine coolers? Well, that is just a bold-faced lie. I don't think I've ever imbibed a wine cooler before. I don't know what they taste like, I'm not sure why anyone would drink them, and frankly, I'm amazed that I even found this bottle cap. People still make wine coolers?!? People DRINK wine coolers?!?!?!? I'm shocked! The only person I remember who drank wine coolers was this guy I knew in college. His nickname was Misty, and I think it was because he had a penchant for Arbor Mist Wine. Which is technically a wine cooler. But by the time I met him, he had moved on to boxed wine.  A step up, I think.

That said, Bartles & Jaymes, in all aspects, reeks of crazy old men hanging out on their porch. (I'm surprised they're not yelling at kids to get off their lawn. Or threatening to keep the baseball that accidentally made its way into their back yard.) I love it! Check out these old advertisements. Bartles does all of the talking, and Jaymes just sits there, looking content and folksy. Did you know that they weren't even the real Bartles and Jaymes? They're actually David Joseph Rufkahr and Dick Maugg, and neither of them were actors by trade (shocking, I know). And, seriously, could the real Bartles and Jaymes have been any worse than these two? I mean, if you're going to hire nonprofessional actors to play two men shilling their swill on the porch, why not just get the real thing? Anyway, you can find out more here.  If you have any favorite B&J ads, be sure to share them in the comments section! 

So enjoy the commercials....
Great Moments in B&J History "We will sell no berry that is ordinary"

And also enjoy a very young Conan O'Brien making fun of B&J. And here...

...and thank you for your support!


  1. While I do remember the B&J commercials , more memorable is Bruce Willis pitching Seagrams (Golden wine coolers) from wayyy back in the day, 1986 to be exact. Yup, wine coolers were all the rage in the mid 80's... gross then, gross now.

  2. This is awesome. I love a trendy water bottle!