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davefleck 11-09-2012 07:21 PM

Battle over the "strange" name
Sad to see this. A Mass homebrew shop suing a CO brewery over it's name. No competition whatsoever between the two but some people these days just like to cry and run for their mommy, or lawyer.


Subsailor 11-09-2012 07:27 PM

Even worse he refuses and offer to work together, a potential massive increase to his customer base and calls it offensive.

the_bird 11-09-2012 07:27 PM

I think *somebody* owes royalties to Doug and Bob McKenzie.


They'll probably just take some free beer, though, eh?

xjmox14x 11-09-2012 07:35 PM

Does nothing but give extra business to Strange Brew and makes the homebrew shop owner look like a complete a**. Well done.

Hopper5000 11-09-2012 07:36 PM

not to mention cost both of them a ton of money in legal fees most likely...

the microbrewery should just put "brews" instead of brew and that would solve the problem :)

FuzzeWuzze 11-09-2012 07:38 PM

Reading the letters from the lawyer, it seems like a decent request. He has the trademark for a pretty specific set of terms and the brewery is infringing on them.

You cant go open a Stone Brew supplies shop for similar reasons probably.

Yes its dickish and unnecessary, but it is the law. Also the fact that he has proof his company has been confused with the brewery by his vendors, he will win in court if he really does own the trademark.

aubiecat 11-09-2012 07:39 PM

A guy has a HBS called Strange Brew Beer & Wine Making Supplies and he wants to sue another company because they are named Strange Brewing Company?
This should be an interesting case but I have no faith that common sense will win the day.

Subsailor 11-09-2012 07:40 PM

Initially, yeah. but still, wouldn't it be more fitting to create a joint venture, a Strange East and a Strange West sort of thing?

FuzzeWuzze 11-09-2012 07:42 PM


Originally Posted by Subsailor (Post 4574041)
Initially, yeah. but still, wouldn't it be more fitting to create a joint venture, a Strange East and a Strange West sort of thing?

Why would you form a business partnership with someone you have never met, and started only 2 years ago to enter probably a nano brewery scale when you have a business that's 15+ years old?

The brewery would only have things to gain from that relationship, nobody really knows who the hell Strange Brewing is, having their recipes at a brew shop really does nothing for them. If it was like Ninkasi/Stone or some other bigger micro brewery offering this it'd be a whole different story.

dallasdb 11-09-2012 07:45 PM

Same thing just happened here in Denver with High Gravity Brewing. He had to change his name to De Steeg Brewing.


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