Budweiser Brazil has introduced a whole new approach to friending people on Facebook. The beer brand is now testing special glasses, “The Buddy Cups,” which enable anyone to befriend a person by just clinking the cups together with him or her at a party. Thanks to a microchip that is embedded in the bottom of the glass, drinkers can make friends on Facebook instantly, when toasting.

Going against a basic principle of product design «form follows function», the American brewing giant Anheuser-Busch is experimenting with the packaging of its signature brand Budweiser for the sake of innovation. Starting May 6, the company will be rolling out nationwide a new format of cansa bow tie-shaped aluminum can that echoes Budwiser’s bow tie logo. The new product does not substitute traditional cans and will be available in an 8-pack in the US only.

The lager brand Stella Artois, which has a strong emotional connection with the cinema world, launched its new ad during the live broadcast of the Oscars on Sunday. The advert titled “The Artist,” which has nothing in common with the silent movie under the same name, celebrates the craftsmanship behind each glass of the beer.

Bud Light Platinum is becoming even more musical—following in the footsteps of BlackBerry, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Intel and Polaroid, which invited music artists to be their creative directors, the beer brand tapped singer and actor Justin Timberlake for the same position. The celebrity, who is one of the co-owners of MySpace now, will “provide creative, musical and cultural curation for the brand.» Bud Light Platinum is Bud Light’s extension with higher alcohol content, launched in 2012 as a product for nighttime party drinkers.

This summer, Stella Artois is promoting its cider with a pinch of French atmosphere and reference to one of the most stylish game, bowles. On the Stella Artois UK Facebook page, the brand has kicked off a new sweepstakes, inviting its fans to win a limited edition boules kit (C’est boules. Not bowls) for great night out with friends. The competition, which is open for the UK residents, is running through the end of summer, the submission period closes on August 31.