German brewer, Ratsherrn (Nordmann Group), attempts to trademark the phrase "Craft Beer" in Germany. Although the request was denied and withdrawn, this is just an example how "Big Beer" is not limited to attacks on the American craft beer industry. Germany is in the early stages of a craft beer movement. There are several small breweries making finely crafted beers, both traditional and non-traditional. Some are even brewing "beer" not according to the reinheitsgebot. Link to trademark application: https://register.dpma.de/DPMAregister/marke/register/3020120345018/DE Link to story (in German): http://www.lieblingsbier.de/2013/10/22/ratsherrn-wollte-sich-craft-beer-als-marke-schutzen-lassen/ Yes, this is my first post on BA. Long time reader, first time poster.