Our First Product Prototype: The DonnyBear!

If my KISS lunchbox or my Star Wars Underoos taught me anything, it’s that the REAL money is in merchandising.  If people are fans of something, they’ll buy up all sorts of doodads to build a deeper connection to the object of their obsession and show the world that they have great taste. Cha-ching!!

With that in mind, I give you the prototype of our first-ever Beer and Whiskey Brothers product, the DonnyBear!:

Here's the DonnyBear in his full glory.

DonnyBear is half of the Bear and Whiskee Bros.

In one paw, a cute little bottle of a very nice whiskey, or "whiskee" as DonnyBear would say...

...in the other paw, a beer widely considered to be the worst in the world. Nice touch!

On the back, a good question - whatever happened to the damn podcast, DonnyBear?

Until I send him to China for mass-production, DonnyBear get the top-shelf treatment in the mancave.

The best thing about the DonnyBear (besides the fact that he’s so huggable and comes with real whiskey) is that he was a gift from our pals in Northern Idaho, Rob, Jeff and Fred or Selkirk Abbey Brewing / Laughing Dog fame.  It was part of a Halloween BOO-zed package they sent me, along with a bottle of 2009 Left Hand Brewing Brandy Barrel Oak Aged Imperial Stout and a 2009 Midnight Sun Berserker Imperial Stout – pretty nice, right?!  While these beers are indeed treats, they had me with the DonnyBear alone.  I couldn’t stop laughing at the details and I couldn’t wait to share it here.

So what do you think – is there a market for the DonnyBear?  Maybe I’ll send the prototype off to China to get production started.  I’ll leave the bottle of Cave Creek Chili Beer intact, but I might have to drain that Rare Breed before sending Donny on his way…

Thanks again to the Selkirk/Laughing Dog gang – you guys really made my day month with this one!

Along with a really good laugh, I got two really interesting beers. No chance these babies are getting aged!




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20 Comments on “Our First Product Prototype: The DonnyBear!”

  1. Don
    November 4, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    Ok, not gonna lie…That’s awesome! However It is a toss up for me whether I would want the bear more, or the travel Humidor of cigars they sent!

    • November 4, 2011 at 10:34 am #

      I think I got the better of the deal with the bear. Cigars go up in smoke, but DonnyBear is FOREVER!

      • Don
        November 4, 2011 at 10:35 am #

        I know…that’s what I’m afraid of!

  2. Don
    November 4, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    And I must say there is an odd yet striking resemblance. Disturbing really…

    • November 4, 2011 at 10:38 am #

      Yeah, I also get a James Lipton vibe:

      • johnking82
        November 4, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

        I thought the same thing.

  3. November 4, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    Ha! Gonna start referring to Don as “Pooh bear.”

    • November 4, 2011 at 10:44 am #

      Maybe replace the “bear” with “head” and the “pooh” with the swear version of the smelly brown stuff.

      I call him that all the time… 🙂

  4. November 4, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    Another accessory should be a can of Dales (or something similar), then the tagline can be “Bottles and Cans and Bears, Oh My!” 🙂

    • November 4, 2011 at 11:24 am #

      That’s pretty good. Plus this thing needs to be furrier – Don sure is!!

  5. November 4, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    I like the fact that your man cave includes an Elmo DVD and frilly lace. 😉

    • November 4, 2011 at 11:30 am #

      And shoe polish and a carved gourd from Africa – we got it all!

  6. johnking82
    November 4, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    I’m left speechless. I literally have no words to describe this awesoness.

    • Don
      November 4, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

      But…Would you plunk down $30 to have your very own? That is the question!

      • johnking82
        November 4, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

        I want the real thing Don!

        • November 4, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

          This just got a little cringey, fellas…

        • Don
          November 4, 2011 at 1:47 pm #


  7. November 4, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

    Maybe, if I ever have a great-grandchild.

    • November 4, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

      One that you want to scar for life…

  8. November 5, 2011 at 12:51 am #

    Podcast? (yah,yah…)

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