Craft Brewery Conflict Mediation

Dialogue in Craft Brewing

What is dialogue, really? Dialogue can be a tangled mess Two recent Twitter threads can hopefully serve as catalysts to much needed problem solving in the craft beer community (and perhaps American society). BeerKulture and TheThirstyWench published articles and shared them on Twitter. Recapping them here will not do them justice. (Very) basically, the latter took on misogyny and …

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Internalizing Diversity and Inclusion for Craft Breweries

The Brewers Association recently published Diversity Best Practices for its members. This 5-part series is a great resource to help breweries with diversity and inclusion efforts. We encourage every brewery to at least consider such efforts laid out by the BA. It is important to point out that with diversity comes difference, and differences can–and …

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Brewery alliance seeks to protect Fountain Creek Watershed | Colorado Springs Gazette, News

The Fountain Creek Watershed Project is tapping into a Colorado Springs staple – craft breweries – to raise awareness of local water issues. Now comes the Fountain Creek Brewshed Alliance – the first such organization in Colorado – made up of the watershed project, nine area breweries, Colorado College’s State of the Rockies Project, Colorado …

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The Crux of the Craft Beer v. Crafty Beer Debate: It’s Personal

–To better understand the arguments behind Craft v. Crafty, see links at the end– There is a heated debate between a few large breweries (AB-InBev, MillerCoors, etc) and more than two thousand small breweries across the U.S. and some other countries.  To get a quick outline of the situation, the large breweries bring in about …

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Magic Hat / West Sixth Breweries Use Mediation for Settlement

Last week, Magic Hat and West Sixth breweries reached a settlement of a trademark dispute without going to court.  According to initial reports, a magistrate judge served as mediator and the official dispute ended within a week.  We applaud both parties for choosing mediation to seek a mutually agreeable solution and avoid expensive, drawn out …

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Slippery Slope of Brewery Trademark Disputes

The Ugliness Surrounding Trademarks It seems the Strange Debacle was not enough proof of the sensitivity and power of social media. West Sixth Brewing and Magic Hat Brewing Co. are engaged in a trademark dispute that has quickly spilled over into the social stream.  Each brewing company has plenty of supporters and detractors, and many …

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Craft Brewing and Trademark Infringement: What’s at Stake?

According to the Brewers Association, the U.S. is home to over 2,300 craft breweries, with more opening each week.  Added to the international, national and regional breweries the total number of breweries in the U.S. eclipses 2,400.  Each brewery produces at least 2 different types of beer, and most breweries assign names to their brews …

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