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Duff Beer
Duff Beer
First appearance "Homer's Odyssey"
Can't get enough of that wonderful Duff!
―the Duff Beer slogan
Duff Beer is the most popular brand of beer in Springfield. It is Homer Simpson's favorite drink, and is enthusiastically promoted by Duffman, the company mascot.


Duff was endorsed during the Kennedy/Nixon debates by Kennedy, an idea that was then stolen by Nixon when he also tried to declare his support for 'that particular beer (which no one believed for a moment)
Duff original design

Duff's design in its first appearance


Homer had even been buying it in the past when he was seventeen years old using a fake ID. He even sang about it in Duffless with the short musical number "When I Was Seventeen". 

Variations Of DuffEdit

Duff's equivalent in Shelbyville is Fudd Beer.

Moe Szyslak once tried to sell a can of "Swedish Duff", or Düff (but it was a fake beer that Moe made up by himself). He also offered Malaysian Duff, which was made of soy sauce. There was also at least one variation actually from another country and also of implied high-quality called Duffenbraus, although the label stated it was "semi-imported." Moe supplied these to Mayor Quimby and Homer Simpson (the latter of whom had been hired as the former's bodyguard thanks to his saving his life at a riot at the Bi-Mon-Sci-Fi-Con) on the house when the Mayor made an unexpected visit to the Tavern, strongly implied to be to get a bribe to call off a mandatory health inspection.

When Bart, Lisa and Selma visit Duff Gardens there are many different types of Duff. They include:

  • Duff Dry[1]
  • Duff Lite[2]
  • Duff Dark[3]
  • Duff Extra Cold
  • Raspberry Duff[4]
  • Tartar Control Duff[5]
  • Lady Duff[6]
  • Duff Stout, "The beer that made Ireland famous"[7].
  • Duff Blue
  • Duff Zero, an alcohol-free variant
  • Duff Ice
  • Duff Red
  • Duff Special Reserve
  • Duff Draft
  • Duff Malt
  • Duff Lager
  • Duff Christmas Ale
    Duff lite & dry
  • Duff Amber Fire-Brewed Barley Export, which is only sold in Canada.
  • Duff Peanut Butter Lager [8]
  • Duff's Double-Dunkin' Breakfast Lager
  • Duff Microbrew
  • Henry K. Duff's Private Reserve
  • Duff Champagne [9]
  • Duff High-Extra Beer
  • Canadian Duff (or Le Duff avec Codeine)[10]

In Bart to the Future, a grown-up Bart is seen drinking a Future Duff Beer. It's the same can with a border of little lights around the logo.

The Billboard gag in the episode "american history X-cellent" features an ad for Duff 200, made of pure 200-proof grain alcohol, with the tagline "NOTHIN' BUT BOOZE".

Other non drinkable Duff products include a Duff Beer Suitcase, Duff "Gummy Beers" candy, Duff Beer Calendars and beer goggles that let you see and hear everything like a drunk.

When Homer, Mr. Burns and Smithers are in Cuba there is an advertisement for a beer called The Duffo, that shows the "Che" Guevara with a can showing "The Duffo or Death" slogan, a parody of Guevara's famous revolutionary phrase, "Patria o Muerte"("Motherland or Death") .[11]

Behind the LaughterEdit

It has become one of the trademarks of the show appearing in merchandise, popular culture and adverts.

Possible inspiration Edit

The word "duff" is common English slang for "useless" or "broken" (it can also mean pregnant, in the phrase "up the duff"). Like many other countries, discerning beer-drinkers often characterize popular domestic brews in a pejorative way (American criticize Budweiser, Australians discount Fosters, Victoria Bitter et cetera) as being mass-market swill. Clearly, the character of Homer represents the typical mindless drone who would drink whatever beer was marketed most heavily, regardless of quality, as satire of undiscriminating beer drinkers who routinely purchase "popular" (read: heavily advertised) beer.

Former Guns N' Roses/current Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan (who in the early days of Guns N' Roses was known as Duff "The King Of Beers" McKagan) has claimed in his autobiography that Duff was named after him. However, people who work at the show scoff at the claim, calling it "absurd."

According to David Silverman, the single factor behind the name Duff is that it rhymes with "enough"; the idea for the slogan "Can't get enough of that wonderful Duff" actually came first.

The Shelbyville equivalent to Duff, Fudd is notably Duff with the letters D and F being transposed.

Similarities to Budweiser Edit

Duff has been likened to Budweiser beer.[12]

  • Budweiser has used a cartoon spokesperson named "Budman", who is similar to Duff's Duffman.[13]
  • Budweiser used a real dog called Spuds MacKenzie as a mascot to promote Bud Light. In the episode "Old Yeller-Belly", the Simpson's dog, Santa's Little Helper becomes Duff's mascot under the name Suds McDuff.
  • Like Duff's, the Budweiser logo has violet diagonal areas above the product's name.[14]
  • Duff is the corporate sponsor to a stadium and an amusement park
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    which parallels Budweiser's corporate parent, Anheuser-Busch with Busch Stadium in St. Louis and Busch Gardens.
  • During the Super Bowl in the episode "Lisa the Greek", Duff has an advertisement where Duff Lite and Duff Dry play in the Duff Bowl, which is analogous to Budweiser's Bud Bowl.

Real Duff beers Edit


Duff energy drinks as seen at the Kwik-E-Mart in Universal Studios California

In the late 1990s, the Lion Nathan brewery in Australia produced an unrelated beer called "Duff Beer". 20th Century Fox brought legal action against the company. The product was ordered to be pulled off store shelves and destroyed, becoming a collector's item in the process.

Duff Beer

The Duff Beer can logo

In 2013 when Universal Studios Orlando transformed the area around The Simpsons Ride into a Springfield themed area, Duff Beer was officially brewed as an exclusive drink for the area, appearing in regular, Duff Lite and Duff Dry variants and served at Moe's Tavern and a Duff Brewery beer garden.

Duff Beer Distribution was first set up in early 2011 in the UK, specialising in the import and distribution of The Legendary Duff Beer - See more at:

Duff Scam Edit

As reported on the T.V. show Inside Edition, there was a scam in 2004 where an Australian woman was sold a Duff beer similar to the one on The Simpsons (in which the can had the same logo as the can on the show). She went to court to sue the person who sold it to her but the case was thrown out by the judge a few days later.

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