Guns N’ Roses is Suing Oskar Blues Brewery for Guns ‘N’ Rosé Ale
Rock band, Guns N’ Roses have filed a lawsuit against Colorado local brewery, Oskar Blues Brewery over their latest limited edition brew, Guns ‘N’ Rosé Ale. Welcome to the jungle!
By Mairyn Chorney on May. 16, 2019
Oh, sweet child o’ mine! Once known as “The Most Dangerous Band in the World”, Guns N’ Roses have officially filed a trademark-infringment lawsuit against Colorado brewery, Oskar Blues Brewery over their limited edition brew, Guns ‘N’ Rosé Ale. Here’s what we know…
Guns ‘N’ Rosé Ale brewed by Oskar Blues Brewery
Oskar Blues Brewery is known for brewing bold, fresh, mountain-crafted beers. With 4 brewery and taproom locations across the United States (2 in Colorado, 1 in Texas, and the other being in North Carolina), Oskar Blues Brewery believes that craft beer in a can keeps beer fresher, longer by eliminating the damaging effects of light while being infinitely recyclable and portable… So that you can take Oskar Blues’ beers wherever your next soul saving adventure takes you.
Along with their other limited release beers, Oskar Blues has brewed a Guns ‘N’ Rosé Ale. Guns ‘N’ Rosé Ale is a pale ale that was brewed with hibiscus and prickly pear. The beer is described to have a very floral body, a refreshing mouthfeel, and will taste best basking in the sun on a warm, summer day.
About CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective
Oskar Blues Brewery is actually owned by a parent company, CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective. CANarchy is a disruptive collective of like-minded brewers dedicated to bringing high-quality, innovative flavors to drinkers in the name of independent craft beer. Their portfolio of craft breweries includes Cigar City Brewery, Deep Ellum Brewing Company, Oskar Blues Brewery, Perrin Brewing Company, Squatters Craft Beers, Three Weavers Brewing Company, and Wasatch Brewery.
Guns N’ Roses files lawsuit against Oskar Blues Brewery over Guns ‘N’ Rosé Ale
On May 9, 2019, Guns N’ Roses filed a lawsuit against Oskar Blues Brewery’s parent company, Canarchy Craft Brewery Collective. Sources report that Oskar Blues originally applied to trademark their beer but agreed to dropped the application after Guns N’ Roses asked them to, but the brewery still intended on continuing their sales of the Rosé Ale.
Along with the beer, Oskar Blues is also selling Guns ‘N’ Rosé Ale merch, such as bandanas, hats, stickers, and pint glasses. Guns N’ Roses believe that the Guns ‘N’ Rosé Ale is a misrepresentation of their band and are claiming that the beer and associated merchandise “will cause Guns N’ Roses to suffer damage to their trademarks, business reputation and goodwill.”
“Given that bandannas are uniquely associated with GNR and their lead singer and general partner Axl Rose, and that the only bandanna offered by defendant are Guns N’ Rosé bandannas, it is clear that defendant intended to further associate itself and its products with GNR in order to free ride off GNR’s, goodwill, prestige and reputation.”
What’s next for Oskar Blues’ Guns ‘N’ Rosé Ale?
Oskar Blues Brewery is denying any connection between the beer and the rock band and reports say that the brewery is allegedly still selling Guns ‘N’ Rosé Ale and the merchandise in their brewery and taprooms.
We’re not 100% sure how this will end, but it’s likely that one of the parties will be writing up a hefty cheque.
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