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RottingCorpse:
Despite my alcoholism, I am health conscious.

http://getdrunknotfat.com

nacho:

--- Quote from: RottingCorpse on August 27, 2013, 03:07:54 PM ---Despite my alcoholism, I am health conscious.

http://getdrunknotfat.com

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And yet the post in the other thread says you can't stop drinking one of the "D+" entries on that list! Spit out the Urquell and go for the tequila.

THRONE MAIDEN!!

RottingCorpse:
I'm actually dipping into the Czech spirits tomorrow night with Slivovice, a plum brandy that's a home grown Moravian hooch used to celebrate special occasions.

But yes, I was disappointed with Urquell's rating as well. I'm assuming it's the crappy U.S. imported stuff.

nacho:

--- Quote from: RottingCorpse on August 27, 2013, 03:17:22 PM ---I'm actually dipping into the Czech spirits tomorrow night with Slivovice, a plum brandy that's a home grown Moravian hooch used to celebrate special occasions.

But yes, I was disappointed with Urquell's rating as well. I'm assuming it's the crappy U.S. imported stuff.

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It's brewed to be drunk within 90 days. Which makes it hard to import and stock.

But don't go singing holy holy -- always remember that Urquell is owned by Miller.

nacho:
Probably the big local booze news of the last 5-6 years, as DC uber-gentrifies, is the return of local breweries. Where once we had none (after the demise of our last old guard breweries in the 80s-90s), now we have...too many!

Worse yet, they've started to snipe each other. The latest between DC Brau and Silver Spring's Citizens:


--- Quote ---Cease and desist letters have become an important part of the business of craft beer as breweries and brands attempt to stand out in an increasingly crowded marketplace and defend their brands in order to do so. Two local breweries recently ran into such a situation, and the resulting dust seems to have settled quickly.

Just a few days ago we introduced our readers to Silver Spring's Citizens Brewing Company, which  will open in downtown Silver Spring, MD in 2014. However, when that brewery opens, it will do so with a new name, as it was the subject of a cease and desist letter from DC Brau, located about eight-and-a-half miles away in northeast Washington, DC.

The potential problem stems from the possibility of asking for "a Citizen" and there being confusion between an offering from either DC Brau or Citizens.

For the past three years, DC Brau has made a Belgian-style pale ale called The Citizen. This beer is distributed in Montgomery County, where Silver Spring is located, which, in the words of DC Brau CEO Brandon Skall, "creates consumer confusion." According to Skall, DC Brau has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars marketing and developing this beer, one of their flagships. He describes the decision to issue a cease and desist letter as "gut-wrenching" and with "absolutely no malicious intent." He also notes that nobody from Citizens consulted, asked, or inquired with DC Brau about the brewery name.

We here at DCBeer hope that this happened early enough in Citizens Brewing Company's development that a name change will have minimal impact on its progress. Citizens will announce a new name for its brewery shortly, perhaps as soon as this afternoon. We expect a statement from Citizens Brewing Company shortly and will update this post when we receive it.

UPDATE, Citizens has issued this statement: "It's certainly not an insignificant thing to change a name, but we are taking this in stride. Our goal is to get our doors open this summer, which is why we've decided to move on, change our name, and not spend the thousands of dollars required to fight the Cease and Desist order. We'll be announcing our new name this afternoon. We are excited to focus on making excellent craft beer accessible to everyone through our taproom and beer garden in downtown Silver Spring."
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