22 February 2010

Weyerbacher Zotten - Update

weyerbacherzotten I know we posted details on this a few days ago as the news was breaking but I thought I’d pass on the latest update.  Dan tells me they will be re-releasing Zotten under a new name (with “no jesters, fools of anything that would infringe on De Halve Maan’s trademark.”).  The beer will come out in May and the name they are leaning toward should be confirmed in a week or two.  They are also considering making it a year round beer so stay tuned.

If you’d like to check out the original press release and Dan’s comments on the beer naming…..

Original Press Release:
Press Release:
February 18, 2010
Weyerbacher Brewing Company, Inc., a small artisanal brewery from Easton, Pennsylvania, has ceased production of its beer "Zotten" due to prior rights and US trademark of "Brugse Zot", a beer produced and commercialized by De Halve Maan, a brewery located in Bruges, Belgium.
We take this opportunity also to announce a recall of any and all Weyerbacher "Zotten" beer to the brewery within the next 30 days, for full refund from Weyerbacher.
Weyerbacher was unaware of the US trademark of De Halve Maan and had no intention to infringe on the rights of De Halve Maan. We are particularly respectful of the part of small Belgian breweries in the world beer scene and hereby officially apologize to the family owners of De Halve Maan.
Daniel A. Weirback, Presdient
Weyerbacher Brewing Company, Inc.

Dan’s recent comments on BA:

The story of zotten is an historical account of an actual event that occurred several centuries ago in Bruge, Belgium. We felt that since it was historical it couldn't be protected, but we were obviously wrong and were not aware of the trademark. Keep in mind we're a tiny brewery with 8 employees, and we've only sold a grand total of 1500 cases of this beer. We're also very enamored with Belgium and its history and this was a beer and a story that's very close to our hearts. The name was actually given to us as part of a contest at one of our wholesalers, and zotten was the submitted name that we picked as winner of this private contest. Just trying to be completely open about it all.
Dan Weyerbacher

18 February 2010

Zotten Bye Bye

weyerbacherzotten I’ve been hearing from multiple sources over the last few days that Weyerbacher was being forced to remove Zotten from the shelves due to a potential copyright infringement with Bruges Brewery De Halve Maan and their Bruges Zot beer.  An agreement is now in place and Zotten will be gone from our shelves very soon…BUT watch for it to return under a new name….hopefully very soon.  Click HERE for a translated story courtesy of DeMorgen.be.

09 February 2010

Weyebacher Heresy 2010 Coming out of the Barrel

Here's a quick 2-minute video of the guys at Weyeracher transferring the 2010 Heresy out of the oak barrels.

Weyerbacher – India Release Sat (2/13)

weyerbacher Just a reminder that Weyerbacher will be releasing their Brewers Select series India beer this Saturday (2/13) at the brewery (1PM-3PM).  India is of course a west-coast IPA and really sounds good.  I’m looking forward to India, but keep in mind they are ONLY releasing 100 cases.

02 February 2010

Weyerbacher News – India & Brew Schedule

Weyerbacher Of course India needs to be a West Coast IPA…..also note the new Belgian Imperial Stout named Tiny!

From Dan:

Weyerbacher 2010 Release Schedule
January - Fireside Ale
Feb - Heresy & Insanity, both in 12 oz 4-packs this year
March- Slam Dunkel
April - Blanche
May 15- Zotten
May/June- Riserva 2010, depending on when conditioning completes
July - Fifteen
August - AutumnFest & Imperial Pumpkin
September - Harvest Ale w/fresh hops
October- Winter Ale
November – QUAD

Cork n Cage schedule:
March-Double Simcoe IPA
April - Tiny - new beer: Belgian Imperial Stout 12%
May- Riserva, dependant on conditioning
June- Double Simcoe IPA

Ongoing now year-round: Merry Monks cork n cage
Of course we'll have our Brewers Select Series of One-offs approx. every other month. First up is India in February. India is a west coast style IPA with heavy hops signature but not a lot of underlying malt.

Notes from Production Manager Chris Lampe:
We are into full Barrel season right now. Our Cellarmen Chris Reilly and Sean Anderson are madly bringing Insanity and Heresy out of barrels so that the bottles and kegs are ready for distribution next week. The Insanity is going to be particularly good this year as we have some extra special bourbon barrels to blend with. Production Supervisor Geoff Michalski, and cellarman Chris Reilly are constantly testing the Heresy as we decide how to blend it! Hope to see y’all out and about soon!