Guns N’ Roses is suing a Colorado brewery over trademark infringement

Rock band Guns N’ Roses is suing a brewery in the US, accusing it of using the band’s name without permission to sell beer and merchandise.

The American hard rock group, famous for songs like Sweet Child O Mine and Welcome to the Jungle, filed a lawsuit against Colorado’s Oskar Blues brewery, which sells a beer called Guns N’ Rosé as well as merchandise and bandanas, at Los Angeles’ federal court on Thursday 9 May, claiming the products are closely associated with the band’s lead singer Axl Rose.

The complaint states that Oskar Blues, which is owned by Canarchy Craft Brewery Collective, applied to trademark the Guns N’ Rosé beer last year, but abandoned the applocation after band objected.

However, the band claims the brewery is still selling the beer, which currently has a 3.1/5 rating on user review site Ratebeer.

The beer, a 6% ABV fruit-flavoured ale, first appeared in Ratebeer in December 2018, with the latest appearing on the website on Sunday 12 May.

A spokesperson for Oskar Blues did not immediately respond to the drinks business‘ request for comment.

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