Yeastie Boys launches the ‘Blokequet’ – a drinkable bunch of flowers that helps guys talk about their feelings in new campaign via VML NZ


To promote positive mental health and encourage more open discussion between mates, Yeastie Boys – the world’s smallest multi-national brewery located in New Zealand – has partnered with VML to make a drinkable bunch of flowers called ‘Blokequet’. In a country like New Zealand where self-harm among blokes is way too high, Yeastie Boys sought out to give men a reason to socialise over a beer; to really connect and talk with each other.


Blokequet is being sold as a limited-edition release. The new drinkable bunch of flowers – brewed with earl grey blue flower – is a 2.5% pale gold, with a scant bitterness and explosion of ‘floral’ tropical and citrus fruit flavours. Each and every can sold is also a donation to the I AM HOPE foundation, supporting the youth of New Zealand and the leaders of tomorrow.

Says Joshua Sanford, general manager, Yeastie Boys: “We know we need to open up to our close mates – but showing up with a bunch of flowers isn’t the typical thing to do…showing up with some beers and having a chat is. What we love is that the Blokequet doesn’t just start meaningful convos, it also supports the important I AM HOPE Foundation.”

Yeastie Boys launches the ‘Blokequet’ – a drinkable bunch of flowers that helps guys talk about their feelings in new campaign via VML NZ

The Blokequet is available at selected bars and liquor stores, and until supplies run out, will also be sold in a traditional bouquet-style arrangement (but with beer instead of flowers) to be shared with the friends.

Says Kim Pick, executive creative director, VML (Aotearoa New Zealand): “So many wonderful partners have stepped forward to rally behind the Blokequet launch to get men checking in on each other and to raise awareness and support for men’s mental health via the I AM HOPE Foundation. We can’t thank them enough – and are so pleased to see this ‘drinkable bunch of flowers’ sparking conversations nationwide.”

Says Mike King, founder, I AM HOPE: “The reality is, most men in New Zealand socialise over a beer. That’s when they will really connect and talk with each other, so it’s a really big opportunity for us to start encouraging those kōrero to include mental health. The Blokequet is the perfect icebreaker for initiating these conversations. And it doesn’t have to be a really serious talk. It can be as simple as asking your mate if they’re OK.”

Says James Johnston, managing partner, VML (Tāmaki Makaurau/ Auckland): “Too often, way less than six degrees of separation applies when it comes to knowing someone who has been affected by mental health, in New Zealand. That made this activation important (and personal) for the amazing team at Yeastie Boys, the partners who jumped in to support, and for our team”

Yeastie Boys launches the ‘Blokequet’ – a drinkable bunch of flowers that helps guys talk about their feelings in new campaign via VML NZ

Yeastie Boys: General Manager, NZ: Josh Sanford
Client: I AM HOPE
Founder: Mike King

Creative Agency: VML
CCO APAC: Paul Nagy
ECD: Kim Pick
Senior Art Director: Jack Wadham
Senior Copywriter: Karla Tarr
Managing Partner: James Johnston
Senior Account Director: Irma Mawson
Senior Producer: Jo Kelly
Senior Designer: Erin O’Connell
Senior UX/UI Designer: Terry Yee
Web Developer: Dan English
Senior Investment Manager: JJ Wrightson
Senior Account Director, Social Media: Evana Vulinovich
Account Executive, Social Media: Amelia Bing
Account Executive: Alexandra Fenwick

Sophie Kafusi: PR Consultant
Pippa Lekner: PR Consultant

Production Company: Supernormal
Managing Director / EP: Matt Mckenzie
Director: James Anderson
DOP: Mason Bennett
Senior Producer: Michelle Delaney
Head of Post Production / Offline Editor: Archie Porter
Casting: Erin Wilson
Grade: Mikee Carpinter, Commotion
Sound: Andy Morton, Liquid Studios
Audio Engineer: Craig Matuschka