A gigantic bottle of O’Keefe’s Extra Old Stock appears on the Vancouver skyline (#craftbeerbc?)


I’m pretty sure this 1987 ad for O’Keefe’s Extra Old Stock is the best beer commercial ever filmed in Vancouver. “Premium quality, fully matured” might be a claim contested by some local craft breweries but this commercial is awesome nonetheless.

This clip is one of many gems that V.I.A. reader Rob Richardson has dug up from his collection. The source is a vast collection of VHS tapes that he recorded himself or has managed to collect from thrift stores, flea markets, storage lockers, yard sales, contacts with people in other parts of Canada and the U.S., and anywhere he can manage. He’s driven over to Vancouver Island and as far down as Olympia, Washington to rescue analogue goodness before they’ve wound up in the scrapper and we’re happy to bring you a Vancouver-centric clip each week.

Here are some others we’ve shared:

“Get a head start” with The Province Newspaper – Early 1980’s
Malacca Rattan commercial – 1987
Vancouver Television (VTV) promo – 1998
Celebrities, back when it was known as the Crazy Horse Cabaret – 1977
The Captain says Aye Aye and Goodbye to 175 pounds, smokes and alcoholism! – early 2000’s
“Look, a real mugger!”, commercial for the Vancouver Playhouse – 1987
Starboard Pant Factory’s deals on acid wash jeans – 1987
Back when the CBC produced “spine tingling” horror cassette tapes – 1985
A TV commercial for the PNE starring Garfield, Odie and Nermal! – 1986
Blackcomb Mountain launches – 1982
The Captain, Aye Aye and Good Buy – 1994
Royal City Antiques – 1985
BC Place monster truck rally – 1985
A British Columbia Minute from CBC – 1986
Mom n’ Pop corner stores in Vancouver falling on tough times? – 1984

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Bob founded Vancouver Is Awesome in 2008. He heads up the publication as our Publisher and Editor-In-Chief. bobk@vancouverisawesome.com