Guns N’ Roses settles lawsuit over Guns ‘N’ Rosé beer

Guns N’ Roses has settled a lawsuit in which it accused the Colorado brewery Oskar Blues of trademark infringement for selling Guns ‘N’ Rosé ale and merchandise without permission.

According to a Monday court filing by the rock band’s lawyers, both sides agreed in principle to settle on July 31, and are working on a written settlement that would lead to the lawsuit’s dismissal.

Guns N’ Roses, whose general partners include singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan, accused Oskar Blues on May 9 of deliberately trading off its fame and goodwill by selling Guns ‘N’ Rosé, starting in early 2018.

It also objected to the sale of related T-shirts, stickers, buttons and bandannas, saying Oskar Blues confused beer drinkers into thinking Guns N’ Roses and Guns ‘N’ Rosé were connected.

The Longmont, Colorado-based brewery, whose products include Dale’s Pale Ale, has described Guns ‘N’ Rosé as combining “sticky prickly pear and floral hibiscus with a subtle hop profile.”

Lawyers for the band and the brewery did not immediately respond on Tuesday to separate requests for comment.

Other craft breweries including Lagunitas, Rogue, Sierra Nevada and Stone have also been in trademark lawsuits, whether as plaintiffs or defendants, as the swelling ranks of breweries make it tougher to come up with new ways to sell beer.

Mridha Shihab Mahmud

Mridha Shihab Mahmud is a writer, content editor and photojournalist. He works as a staff reporter at News Hour. He is also involved in humanitarian works through a trust called Safety Assistance For Emergencies (SAFE). Mridha also works as film director. His passion is photography. He is the chief respondent person in Mymensingh Film & Photography Society. Besides professional attachment, he loves graphics designing, painting, digital art and social networking.
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