Our “Velvet M-80” is a hefty, dry hopped double-red ale with a nose full of aroma, a sticky mouthfeel, a malty middle and unctuous hop flavors. G’Knight sports a surprisingly sensuous finish for a beer of its size (8.7% ABV, 60 IBUs). It’s brewed in tribute to a fellow Colorado craft beer pioneer and Vietnam vet who died fighting a 2002 wild fire outside of our Lyons hometown. For all the details behind this tribute follow this link to www.N3978Y.com. G’Mornin’. G’Day. G’Knight.
Longmont’s Oskar Blues Brewery is renaming its Gordon Imperial Red ale after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from a veteran of the craft beer business.
Gordon Biersch Brewing Co. — a San Jose, Calif.-based brewery that is a separate entity from the similarly named restaurant chain that merged with Rock Bottom Restaurants — contacted Oskar Blues’ founder last month, saying the imperial ale infringed on the Bay Area brewpub’s trademark.
“They just asked us to not use the name Gordon, and we obliged,” said Dale Katechis, Oskar Blues’ founder. “We did not want to get into an argument with them, even though it was named many years ago in tribute.
“There’s no lawsuit. We agreed to change the name.”
“But we’ve done absolutely nothing to change the beer,” he said. “There will be an effort, a marketing effort, to let people know it’s the same beer.”