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Carlsberg Stakes Claim in .beer Frontier

Carlsberg Beer, Minds + Machines, Beer Connoisseur Magazine

Carlsberg has joined the growing list of companies purchasing .beer top-level domains, securing over 150 in a deal with Minds + Machines, which owns the rights to sell specific .beer domains.

Brand names such as baltika.beer and kronenbourg.beer were among the chosen, as well as generic terms including football.beer and quality.beer.

"As one of the four largest global brewers we were excited to learn about the new .beer top-level domain,” said Niels Lund-Johansen, Carlsberg Group IP Director. “It makes sense for us to register certain .beer domains for our brands as well as for new campaigns and promotions… words that are a natural fit for Carlsberg and our consumers."

See the full press release below:


LOS ANGELES and DUBLIN, July 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

Minds + Machines, (LSE:MMX), the publicly quoted owner and operator of Internet top-level domains, is delighted to announce that Carlsberg, the world-renowned brewery group, will participate in its .beer Pioneer program.

After extensive consultation with Minds + Machines, Carlsberg has secured over 150 .beer domains, in a portfolio that includes their most popular brands such as baltika.beer, tuborg.beer, holsten.beer and kronenbourg.beer, as well as a variety of generic premium .beer names for use in future marketing projects and campaigns.

Carlsberg's decision to join the Minds + Machines Pioneer Program, a program which develops the unique Internet marketing potential of new top-level domains like .beer, .surf, .london, .garden, .yoga, .fit and .fashion, illustrates how brands can use premium domains such as football.beer, quality.beer to project and expand their marketing reach.

Niels Lund-Johansen, Carlsberg Group IP Director, says:

"As one of the four largest global brewers we were excited to learn about the new .beer top-level domain. It makes sense for us to register certain .beer domains for our brands as well as for new campaigns and promotions, as in the case of football.beer and quality.beer - words that are a natural fit for Carlsberg and our consumers."

The Carlsberg Group, which is the market leader in many markets in Europe and Asia, will make use of the quality.beer domain as it highlights the premium attributes of its flagship Carlsberg brand, while football.beer will help support the company's far-reaching commitment to the football. Carlsberg is a leading sponsor of UEFA EURO 2016, the Barclays Premier League, and Liverpool Football Club.

Antony Van Couvering, CEO of Minds + Machines, added:

"The addition of a major brand like Carlsberg to the growing .beer community sends a strong message about the usefulness and value of new gTLDs. By using memorable, relevant domain names like quality.beer and football.beer as part of marketing campaigns, brands can find an immediate, direct route for consumers to find relevant content."

The Minds + Machines Pioneer Program for .beer welcomes established and emerging beer brands and personalities to take their pick of available premium and standard names to promote themselves and the .beer top-level domain. Minds + Machines has a Pioneer Program for each of its new top-level domains. Further details are available at join.beer.