Not so fast, New Belgium Brewing: Oasis, Texas Brewing can continue to make Slow Ride Pale Ale under that name after the lawsuit against the local brewery was dismissed by a Colorado judge.
Earlier this year, the two breweries became entangled in a legal conflict over the trademark for the beer name Slow Ride, which both claim to have the right to use. New Belgium, located in Fort Collins, Colo., took Oasis, Texas Brewing to court — but the U.S. District Court of Colorado recently granted Oasis, Texas Brewing’s motion to dismiss, citing that the jurisdiction of Colorado was not the appropriate one for the lawsuit, according to an Oasis, Texas blog post.
The judge also declined to transfer the case to a court in Texas.
The dismissal served as a nice victory for Oasis, Texas Brewing. “We will be steadfast in defending our rights to our beers and continue to brew and distribute (the original) Slow Ride,” the blog post said.
A statement from New Belgium Brewing on the brewery’s page about the lawsuit indicates that the court battle might not be over, however.
“This is in no way a reflection of the merits of our case, but simply a redirection to the US District Court of Texas as the proper venue to determine this case,” New Belgium said in the statement. “We remain open to settling this situation amicably and out of court. Short of that, we will continue to pursue geographic clarification as to rights and usage of our Slow Ride trademark brand in a Texas US District Court.”
The breweries also had a minor skirmish on social media yesterday in response to Bitch Beer’s post about the lawsuit’s dismissal.
Oasis, Texas Brewing’s Slow Ride Pale Ale is a big producer of sales for the Lake Travis-area brewery, which also makes three other core beers. Head brewer Spencer Tielkemeier said Slow Ride is “currently our best seller, accounting for a little more than 1/3 of our product sold.”