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West Sixth vs Magic Hat
« on: May 21, 2013, 01:36:14 PM »
I've honestly never liked any of magic hat's beer (my wife likes their christmas beer tho) but if this is true I like them even less as a company now...

This is from West Sixth's website so we're only hearing one side of it but their logos look nothing alike to me.

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Re: West Sixth vs Magic Hat
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2013, 01:49:26 PM »
Something similar happened with Georgetown Brewing about 3 years ago:
http://seattlebeernews.com/2010/06/trademark-dispute-moves-georgetown-to-rename-9lb-porter-to-georgetown-porter/

Even though there is a 9 in the name, I thought it was a lousy thing for a company like Magic Hat to do.  I always enjoyed the #9 but haven't bought a single beer from them since this incident.

This one with West Sixth is BS.
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Re: West Sixth vs Magic Hat
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2013, 02:50:55 PM »
They suck, their beers mostly suck, I think I'll have some fun on Facebook. Thanks for the link!
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Re: West Sixth vs Magic Hat
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2013, 03:11:03 PM »
If I was them I would be immensely pissed at my graphic design guy(s). Way too close for comfort.
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Re: West Sixth vs Magic Hat
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2013, 03:17:06 PM »
Full disclosure:

I grew up in Vermont but I was never terribly fond of Magic Hat beers.

Now that that's out of the way, I couldn't get to west sixths site but I found this article with a picture
http://www.kentucky.com/2013/05/21/2648036/vermont-craft-brewer-files-federal.html


looking pretty similar to me.

**EDIT** Modified to add, I can't imagine why you would want someone to potentially mistake your beer for a #9. that stuff is nasty.
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Re: West Sixth vs Magic Hat
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2013, 03:22:14 PM »
Doesn't look anything like it to me. Line weight is different. 9 doesn't connect the loop, I would never mistake the two.

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Re: West Sixth vs Magic Hat
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2013, 04:07:23 PM »
looking pretty similar to me.

The amber was what made me do a double-take:

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Re: West Sixth vs Magic Hat
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2013, 05:01:19 PM »
I wouldn't say they look "nothing alike", but they are clearly different to me.  I wish West Sixth luck.
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Re: West Sixth vs Magic Hat
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2013, 05:10:50 PM »
I agree.  Maybe Magic Hat should focus their energy on brewing better beers. Haven't had one of theirs I'd buy again yet.
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Re: West Sixth vs Magic Hat
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2013, 06:17:36 PM »
Me either. :(
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Re: West Sixth vs Magic Hat
« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2013, 06:35:59 PM »
My favorite quote of someone tasting #9 for the first time "I need to sue somebody!" How appropriate.

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Re: West Sixth vs Magic Hat
« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2013, 04:42:56 AM »
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Re: West Sixth vs Magic Hat
« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2013, 05:31:39 AM »
I just drank a Magic Hat #9 upside down last night and it tastes like an IPA....weird.  ;D
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Re: West Sixth vs Magic Hat
« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2013, 05:36:04 AM »
the eight-pointed star right near the middle of the logo is what made me do a double-take.  Get rid of that, and I think it's plenty different.

but that, just, like, my opinion, man.

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Re: West Sixth vs Magic Hat
« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2013, 06:28:03 AM »
One is the name of a beer. The other, the name of a brewery. I seriously doubt that any "similarities" have caused Magic Hat any loss of sales, much less enough to sue this little brewery for all their profits. What a load of BS. I must admit, I was surprised to learn that Magic Hat is a corporate entity.
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