By Matt Dolloff (@mattdolloff)
A Baltimore-based firm called The Brewer’s Art has received a cease-and-desist letter from Ozzy Osbourne’s legal team to stop selling a pale ale that depicts the likeness of Ozzy’s famous knuckle tattoo, surrounded by bats.
The beer lasted just over a year on liquor store shelves – the brewery began selling it on March 21, 2013, according to the Baltimore Sun.
According to the brewery’s website, ‘Ozzy’ is the strongest house beer they have at 7.25%abv. They describe it as such: “Our answer to the Belgian “devil” beers (i.e. Lucifer, Duvel, etc.). Both rich and dry, this beer is all too easy to consume in large quantities. Hopped with Styrian Goldings.”
So, yeah, many obvious Ozzy references here. It’s understandable for Ozzy’s legal team to want to step in here and stop them from blatantly using Ozzy’s name and likeness in their product. Not that we have to like it, though.
The product will no longer be sold, owner Tom Creegan said. But that doesn’t mean they can’t just re-brand it as something else. Dio, perhaps?
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