Stella Artois Tests Holiday Truism - "It is Better to Give Than Receive" - with Novel Approach to Gift Giving

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Dec 16, 2013, 14:51 ET from Stella Artois

ST. LOUIS, Dec. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- "It is better to give than to receive" is a classic holiday truism. This holiday season, Stella Artois puts that age-old adage to the test, through an online and mobile campaign dubbed "The Gift." Stella Artois began sending secret gifts to thousands of Facebook users, ages 21 and older. Should they choose to give the gift to a friend, Stella Artois will honor the choice by making a 10 cent donation to, up to $100,000.


Upon receipt, participants have a short time to decide: should I keep this gift for myself, or share it with another? If participants continue to give rather than receive, they will create chains. Participants in the longest chain will be eligible for a special Stella Artois Crystal Chalice.

"Stella Artois was originally brewed as a holiday gift to the people of Leuven, Belgium," said Rick Oleshak, director, Stella Artois. "And eventually Stella Artois became so popular it became available year-round and the world over. This program is a response to that – a holiday thanks to our fans, and a chance to demonstrate the notion that 'it is better to give than receive' is alive and well."

Participants can register at by signing in with their Facebook profiles. All participants will have a short window of time to decide whether to keep the gift or pass to a friend and subsequently donate to a deserving charity, during a time of year built around generosity.

Founded by Matt Damon and Gary White, is a nonprofit organization that has transformed millions of lives in Africa, South Asia, Central America and the Caribbean by providing access to safe water and sanitation. Stella Artois has partnered with to be the beneficiary of this holiday campaign.

"We're always looking for new, interesting ways to engage new supporters to help end the global water crisis," said Jennifer Schorsch, chief marketing officer, "We're excited to see how this plays out and thankful for Stella Artois' contribution to help move our mission forward."

Actress and singer Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Stella Artois have created a tantalizing video that illustrates the central premise of the campaign, inviting consumers to participate. That video can be found here.

About Stella Artois

Stella Artois® is part of a Belgian brewing tradition dating back to 1366. It is the No. 1 Belgian beer in the world and is present in over 80 countries. Stella Artois® is a bottom filtered, blonde pilsner. It is thirst quenching with a malty middle and crisp finish delivering a full flavor and a hint of bitterness. Stella Artois® is best enjoyed served between 3 and 5 degree Celsius and should be served in the unique Stella Artois® Chalice according to the 9-Step Pouring Ritual to guarantee a perfect experience of this gold standard lager. Visit for more information.

Rules and Regulations:

No Purchase Necessary. The "Stella Artois Gift Promotion" ("Promotion") is open to residents of the United States (except TX) who are 21 years of age or older. Void where prohibited.  Promotion Timing: The Promotion begins at 3:00:00 p.m. Central Standard Time on December 3, 2013, and ends at 2:59:59 p.m. CST on December 21, 2013. How to Register: During the Promotion Period, visit and follow the on-line instructions to register for the Promotion. You must be a registered user of Facebook in order to participate in the Promotion. Limit one (1) registration per person. For full details, visit and click on the "rules" section. 



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