News Clown Shoes Sued over Vampire Slayer

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  1. ubenumber2

    ubenumber2 Devotee (468) Sep 1, 2012 Arkansas
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    One things for sure when it comes to business and making money I've learned that integrity , ethics and ect are anything but important , smile while you are ass raping the consumer and competition
  2. LeeMarvin

    LeeMarvin Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2005 Massachusetts

    Okay, I'll admit it, I can't taste the smoke. Which is good in my book. Seriously, one of the finest Stouts I've had recently. Keep making those great beers and I'll keep buying them.
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  3. oldedog

    oldedog Aspirant (213) Oct 23, 2012 Connecticut

    I'm going mad silly with the like's on this page
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  4. craftbrew502

    craftbrew502 Initiate (0) Feb 2, 2012 Kentucky

    Their beer probably sux, so there tryin to do what ever they can to make some money. Companies that pull this crap usually have inferior products. i.e. Magic Hat suing West 6 over a damn bubble letter 6 and a star on the label. Make a better product and you wont need to care about someone using a similar name.
  5. LA_Hue24

    LA_Hue24 Initiate (0) Nov 20, 2013 California
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    Guess I better go buy some more vampire slayer before theyre gone
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  6. Axtimusprime

    Axtimusprime Initiate (129) May 30, 2013 Massachusetts

    Just don't stop buying it when the new label is out :wink:
  7. BrandonOakes

    BrandonOakes Initiate (0) Aug 2, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Just saw this in store today and forgot about this happening. Might need to return and pick one up!
  8. Ol_Johnny_Skippelwicky

    Ol_Johnny_Skippelwicky Aspirant (272) Feb 13, 2013 Minnesota
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  9. Alex5

    Alex5 Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2012 South Carolina

    This is so pathetic. The only similarity is "VAMPIRE". Really? Isn't that the same brewery that makes Gulden Draak, Piraat and few others. I don't like any beers from them except Monks's Cafe. Seems like they pretend to be a craft brewery, while dishing out shitty beers.
  10. wesbray

    wesbray Disciple (349) Feb 29, 2012 Alberta (Canada)
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    Hardly a "wannabe beer brand" when they are producing such fine beers as Gulden Draak and Piraat.
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  11. Alex5

    Alex5 Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2012 South Carolina

    Gulden Draak is shit. It's so over rated. And I love Belgian (-style) dark beers. And Piraat is like Duvel....just mediocore Belgian Strong Pale Ale.
  12. wesbray

    wesbray Disciple (349) Feb 29, 2012 Alberta (Canada)
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    I have never heard of anyone describing Duvel as mediocre, interesting.

    And I cannot possibly comment on Clown Shoes as I had not heard of them before this thread.
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  13. RblWthACoz

    RblWthACoz Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2006 Pennsylvania

    I'm interested to know what Belgian style ales you prefer over Gulden Draak and Duvel.

    And I'm sure you realize you are in the minority with that opinion.
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  14. Pahn

    Pahn Meyvn (1,449) Dec 2, 2009 New York
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    I'm talking about the obviously novelty cash grab vampire bullshit. Maybe piraat not making enough to pay their retainer.
  15. Jirin

    Jirin Aspirant (282) Apr 28, 2013 Massachusetts

    Why do courts take this kind of crap seriously? Shouldn't any judge with an ounce of common sense throw this kind of frivolous lawsuit out of court? This is as stupid as when Donald Trump tried to copyright "You're fired". It's one thing if they named it exactly the same as one of their copyrights, but they didn't.
  16. Stugotzo

    Stugotzo Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2012 Florida

    I wonder what Buffy has to say about all this.
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  17. Brownj1288

    Brownj1288 Initiate (0) Oct 3, 2012 Virginia
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    If you read the article it is pretty clear it is the importer that is suing, not the brewery. The brewery doesn't seem to have anything to do with this lawsuit.

    Also holy shit, you rated 328 beers in one day, Obviously you were rating things you drank before but I can't imagine how long it took you to find and rate all of them (I am sure you were reviewing tasting notes in between)
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  18. Stugotzo

    Stugotzo Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2012 Florida

    Who are you to be bringing facts into this discussion?

    You, sir, have some major chutzpah! :wink:
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  19. Alex5

    Alex5 Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2012 South Carolina

    I like dubbel, tripel, quadrupel, belgian dark ale, belgian strong dark ale, flanders red ale, flanders oud bruin. I've only had 2 lambics. Lindemans Peche, which was bleh and Boon Kriek, which I liked.
  20. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,097) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Pure drivel
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  21. Cliffbeer

    Cliffbeer Initiate (0) Jan 21, 2009 Massachusetts

    This lawsuit has nothing to do with Van Steenberge or it's importer, Global Beer Network. TI Beverage, which is owned by a trademark attorney Michael Machet, is the brand owner. He asked Van Steenberge to brew the beer for him seven years ago. TI started this lawsuit and was not required to, nor did he consult with Global Beer or Van Steenberge in doing so. Gulden Draak and Piraat are world class beers and the brewer supports the efforts of all American craft brewers. He even pays homage to American Craft brewers on the label of his newly released Gulden Draak Brewmaster's Reserve
  22. ClownShoesDreams

    ClownShoesDreams Initiate (141) Dec 11, 2008 Massachusetts

    Hi, this is Gregg Berman from Clown Shoes. Van Steenberge and Global Beer Network were in no way a part of the lawsuit over Vampire Slayer. To the contrary, we know them to be serious advocates for craft beer. Thank you to everyone that has offered Clown Shoes Beer support while Vampire Slayer was forced to take a bow and exit the stage. Be on the lookout for Undead Party Crasher, which has already shipped to our Massachusetts wholesaler and will be shipping around the country over the next four weeks.
  23. BrettHead

    BrettHead Devotee (478) Sep 18, 2010 Nebraska

    2012'ers keep on keeping on...
  24. wesbray

    wesbray Disciple (349) Feb 29, 2012 Alberta (Canada)
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    Any chance of your stuff making it to Canada? I have heard only good things!
  25. djben

    djben Initiate (143) Sep 4, 2013 Florida
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    Clown Shoes fan here.

    It would be cool if someone found out who TI Beverage Group's distributors are and somehow convinced them to stop carrying their beer. Pipe dream of course :slight_smile:
  26. ClownShoesDreams

    ClownShoesDreams Initiate (141) Dec 11, 2008 Massachusetts

    Yes, but not sure when.
  27. Stugotzo

    Stugotzo Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2012 Florida

    Maybe you can around the trademark by naming the Canadian bound stuff, Clown Shoes "Dracul Eh"? :astonished:
  28. bluewolf17

    bluewolf17 Aspirant (220) Mar 3, 2013 Maryland
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    I was thinking the same thing haha
  29. Stugotzo

    Stugotzo Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2012 Florida

    I drank mine on New Year's Eve. Not bad, but didn't hold a candle to the Hunahpu or Life is Like. :wink:
  30. growlerfox

    growlerfox Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2014 California

    Just put fake nose, glasses and mustache over vampire.
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  31. readyski

    readyski Aspirant (230) Jun 4, 2005 California
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    Or more importantly, why pick on that double entendre, when there are many others :rolling_eyes:
  32. ohiobeer29

    ohiobeer29 Defender (676) Feb 2, 2013 Ohio
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    new label looked cool even poked fun at the lawsuit in great beer.
  33. blatherbeard

    blatherbeard Initiate (0) Sep 30, 2007 Texas

    Just did a side by each and for the life of me i found Undead better than Vamp slayer. I thought it was thicker, more evenly carbed and had better taste overall. (4 stars vs 5)

    either way, great beer and boo to the other winery, brewery whatever theyre trying to be. even the wife thought it was idiotic on this one. (she knows lawyers and thinks this one shouldnt have even been an issue)
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  34. atorres

    atorres Initiate (0) Jun 21, 2013 Illinois
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    I agree. Just had Undead and it was way better.
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  35. Pahn

    Pahn Meyvn (1,449) Dec 2, 2009 New York
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    i've never had either, but i have had very angry beast (bourbon barrel aged blend of vampire slayer and blaecorn unidragon) about which all i can say is: holy shit.
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  36. atorres

    atorres Initiate (0) Jun 21, 2013 Illinois
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    He'll yeah dude. That beer is amazing and way underrated! I can't WAIT for Extremely Angry Beast! Keep on keepin on, Clown Shoes!
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  37. readyski

    readyski Aspirant (230) Jun 4, 2005 California
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    Maybe this one is better fresh (though pretty darn good w/a year or two
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  38. blatherbeard

    blatherbeard Initiate (0) Sep 30, 2007 Texas

    well i gave VS a 4 star, but have had VS before and didnt bother rating it (why i dont konw) but i remember it being pretty much the same as what i had tonight. Undead though, had beaten, to death, any other CS offerings ive had. *drinkiing a blaecorn unidragon right now and still prefer the undead. and i love RIS beers but ......yeah.

    either way, their stoutshave always been 4 to 5 on a scale of 1 to 5 for me.
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  39. tkdchampxi

    tkdchampxi Meyvn (1,041) Oct 19, 2010 New Jersey
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    When was this beer last packaged as Vampire Slayer - I just found a store selling cases of CS Vampire Slayer right next to cases of Undead Party Crasher.

    Is there any reason to want the older, aged version? Does it age well at all?
  40. Donco

    Donco Devotee (477) Aug 12, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    My absolute favorite Clown Shoes beer!!
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