And we thought Brooklyn Brewery's big problem was finding adequate industrial space. Turns out the embossed ring on BB's new Brooklyn Local 1, a Belgian Trappist monk ale-inspired brew, is trademarked. That's right, you can't make a ringed bottle over here without paying the monks of Westmalle a handsome sum, reports the NY Times. BB, not interested in a suit, abandoned the double-ringed bottles and spent $60,000 on a redesign. The beer recipe, however, did not have to change.
Closing Bell: Let Freedom Ring (in Beer Bottles)
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