As theRackhouse Pub
gets ready to host the Strange Days Beer Festival this Sunday (also known as Save Our Strange), thetrademark dispute
between Denver'sStrange Brewing
and a similarly named homebrew shop in Massachusetts doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon. The sold-out fest includes beers from more than thirty Colorado breweries and will raise money to start a legal defense fund for Strange and its owners Tim Myers and John Fletcher. To help promote the fund, the Rackhouse also created the three-minute video (above) profiling Strange, Myers and Rackhouse owner Chris Rippe.
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But on Monday, the Strange Brew Beer and Wine Making Supplies shop in Marlborough, Massachusetts, sent out a newsletter (read it on the next page) promising to brew a sarcastically-named beer this weekend called Strange Daze: Litigation Ale ("One case will make you forget your name," the store promises).
It's one of many shots that the store has taken over the past few weeks at the Colorado microbrewery -- located 2,000 miles away.
Myers says he has seen the newsletter and adds that he and Strange Brew owner Brian Powers have "had some heated conversations" over the phone. My hope is still that we can find middle ground and that it doesn't come to litigation. I'm trying, and I thought we were going to make some progress over the holidays, but nothing came of it."
Myers says he's been taken aback by the support from local craft breweries and their fans over the past few weeks, however, and is looking forward to the fundraiser. If Strange Brewing ends up not needing the money, he'll donate everything that's raised to the nonprofit Colorado Adaptive Sports Foundation.
In the meantime, Myers says he may organize an overflow party at Strange Brewing for people who weren't able to get tickets to Save Our Strange at the Rackhouse.
Here's the newsletter sent out by the Strange Brew homebrew shop.
Strange Daze: Litigation Brewing
Strange things are Brewing at Strange Brew in Marlborough, MA
Join us Sunday 1/27/13 for a day of Brewing and Sampling of Strange Brews.
We will be brewing up a test batch of our latest Strange Brew: Litigation Ale
Noon - 8pm.
10% off ALL Strange Brew Purchases over $100.00 All Day (online and in-store)!
All-Grain and Extract Brewing demonstrations all day.
Strange Brew: Litigation Ale
Try a batch of this Strong, Bitter Brew from the Original Strange Brew.
One case will make you forget your name!
Release Date: 1/27/13
Extract kit contains all of the ingredients necessary to brew your own 5 gallon batch of Strange Brew.
Includes: Warrior Hops Fuggles hops Victory Grain, De-Bittered Grain, 8.6 lbs Golden Light Malt Saf Ale Yeast (East Coast Ale Yeast upgrade available) Caps, Priming sugar, Muslin Bags, Irish Moss and Basic Instructions.
All Grain and Partial Mash versions are also available. (ask for details)
Price: $55.00 (+shipping)
Free shipping to Colorado.
Like us on Facebook for 1 bonus oz. of Warrior Hops.
Follow us on twitter for 1 free bonus oz. of Fuggles hops.
Call 1-888-BREWING for more info.
Come check out New England's Largest Home-Brew Store.
Share a Brew with us back in the Strange Brewery.
Bring your Own Brew too!
Thanks for your support.
See you at Strange Daze...
Cheers, Brian Powers Strange Brew Beer and Beer and Winemaking Supplies
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