Article Date 21/05/2019

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Craft beer name leads to cease-and-desist letter from City of Calgary

Source CTV News

A locally brewed beer has drawn the ire of the City of Calgary but it’s the unauthorized name of the beverage, not its flavour, that is being challenged.


Elite Brewing and Bow River Brewing recently collaborated on a single batch of an India session ale and the breweries held a contest on social media to select a name prior to the beer’s release.

“We looked at different names and we looked at the themes that we wanted,” said  Ian Binmore, owner of Bow River Brewing. “Bow River wanted something that was river themed and Elite Brewing has a lot of military background and support so they wanted something more military themed.”

The name ‘Fort Calgary’ ISA was selected ahead of the beer’s February release in kegs and cans. “Because Fort Calgary was established at the confluence of the Bow River and the Elbow River, and was the founding location of Calgary,  we thought it suited well.”



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