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milehimark:
I find this extremely disheartening and maddening. Not only is this a total D-head move, but it makes it worse that it's totally hypocritical. This homebrew shop did not originate the phrase/name "Strange Brew" (see article below):

http://blogs.westword.com/cafesociety/2012/11/strange_brewing_trademark_threat.php

Here's my post to their FB page:
Take a hint from some true world-class brewers. Collaboration, Not Litigation.

I can't believe there's infighting in a market where you only make up 5% of the market share and face mounting attacks and pressure by the Macro brewers and their lobbyists. You should have known that this dickheadedness is going to spread through beer forums like wildfire and lose you business. It's also insult to injury that the phrase "Strange Brew" was not even originated by you, AND your exploitation of the dancing bear. For shame!

anje:
Interestingly, the website of the aggressor (http://www.homebrew.com) appears to be down.

milehimark:
Tinfoil hat alert! One of the big brewers is behind this:

This really reminds of the whole Monster vs. Vermonster debacle.  This current issue reeks of big corporate money. In my humble opinion, besides Northern Brewer, Morebeer, and Midwest Supplies, I don't think that any other homebrew store has enough money to pay a $500/hour attorney to litigate something where there are no damages and only a small chance at getting attorney's fees. I think a bigger player is behind this. I say Strange Brewing Co. let the suit happen, go to discovery, and see who's footing the bill.

Jimmy K:

--- Quote from: anje on November 09, 2012, 11:58:58 AM ---Interestingly, the website of the aggressor (http://www.homebrew.com) appears to be down.

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They got it wrong in their letter - it's http://www.home-brew.com
 
I hope the shop comes to their senses. This will turn into a PR nightmare for them.

anje:

--- Quote from: mtnrockhopper on November 09, 2012, 12:15:15 PM ---
--- Quote from: anje on November 09, 2012, 11:58:58 AM ---Interestingly, the website of the aggressor (http://www.homebrew.com) appears to be down.

--- End quote ---

They got it wrong in their letter - it's http://www.home-brew.com
 
I hope the shop comes to their senses. This will turn into a PR nightmare for them.

--- End quote ---
Thanks for that.  It's worth knowing who not to buy from, as well as where to shop for supplies.

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