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Referencing Celebrities in Beer Names and Labels: The Ozzy Dispute

This week, Black Sabbath rocker Ozzy Osbourne sent a cease and desist to a Baltimore-based brewery, Brewer’s Art. The letter involves a belgian strong ale the brewery refers to as Ozzy Ale. Had the “Ozzy” use been limited to the name, the C&D might have been a stretch. Here, however, the beer’s label art features […]

Washington Legislators Consider Bottle Bill to Encourage Recycling

As environmentally conscious as leaders in the brewing industry are, deep down, we all know that bottles and packaging don’t always wind up in recycling bins. For Washington brewers, however, a “Bottle Bill” initiative before legislators is poised to help make sure bottles do end up where they belong. Before we discuss it, a bit […]

Can Breweries Legally Say “Gluten-free” on a Beer Label?

Gluten has been all over the news these last few years. We’ll say up front, celiacs disease is no laughing matter for a ton of folks. That said, did you know that thanks to recent guidance from the FDA, a bottle of spring water can legally be labeled gluten-free? All’s fair in love and FDA-condoned […]

Part 3 of 3: Why Beer Labels Usually Don’t Need (But Can Include) ABV and Nutrient Content Information

Over the last couple of days, we’ve been talking about beer labels—why they don’t always have to include information like ABV, serving size, calorie content, and the like, and also explaining why and how you can still legally volunteer this sort of information. If you’ve missed Parts 1 and 2 of this 3-part series, take […]

Part 2 of 3. Why Beer Labels Usually Don’t Need (But Can Include) ABV and Nutrient Content Information

Yesterday, we walked through a bit of the history behind beer labels, covering why—for the most part—beer labels don’t need to include nutritional information like other products on the shelves. Today, in part 2 of this 3-part series, we answer a common question: just because you don’t need to include this information, can you? The […]

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