Tuesday, April 5, 2011
"Collaboration Not Litigation Ale" Pennsylvania Style?
Troeg's Brewing Company is suing Fegley's Allentown BrewWorks over an elf. Fegley's brews Rude Elf's Reserve. Troeg's Winter seasonal is Mad Elf. Troeg's is calling dibs. It should be noted that Fegley's Rude Elf's Reserve previous name was "Rudolph's Reserve".
I think the two breweries should skip the legal BS and collaborate on a special release for Winter. The folks at Avery Brewing Company and Russian River Brewing Company made it work. The two breweries realized that they each had a beer in their line up with the word "salvation" in the name. In 2006 they released a blend of the two brews in to one super beer. Collaboration Not Litigation Ale showcases the work of both breweries. It's a Belgian Strong Dark Ale that packs 8.72% ABV currently holding a "B+" average over at BeerAdvocate.com
So, is Troeg's really just admiring the stellar work of their competitor and attempting to force a collaboration?