Buffalo Bill Battle
Buffalo Bill cody, Army-scout-turned-
showman is now the subject of a legal
battle in his home town. Recently
two businessmen each launched a
brew named after this Western icon
and now the battle is on.
Former professional wrestling
executive Eric Bischoff hired a
microbrewery to create a light, spicy
rye that he is marketing as "Buffalo
Bill Cody Beer - brewed in the spirit of
the wild wild West." His rival is Mike
Darby has a craft brewer ship him
crates of bland lager in blank bottles
and then puts on his own
Buffalo Bill labels.
Mr. Darby got his beer to market first,
by two days but he failed to get
federal approval of his label. Mr.
Bischoff did get his label approved,
and applied for a federal trademark.
Mr. Darby didn't—yet he insists that
he is rightful owner of the brand
becasue he also owns the Buffalo Bill
Hotel. The case will go to a full trial,
on a date not yet scheduled.
Three Big Buck Beers
Sam Adams Utopias is cask aged and blended from batches of beer spending time in
everything from Portuguese muscatel finishing casks to bourbon, sherry, Cognac and brandy
barrels. The brew is a strong one at 27 % ABV, allowing it to age successfully. The beer
comes across more like a liqueur with a rich maple syrup undertone and a boozy warmth that's
rare among beers. The creamy texture and molasses and fig aftertastes make it even more
distinctive and intriguing. At $175 or more per bottle, it's definitely an expensive taste to
cultivate, but one of those intriguing snifter shaped bottles lasts a while.
Carlsberg Vintage 3 – The third and final in a series of super premium beers from Carlsbert,
Vintage 3 was brewed under the watchful eye of Jacobsen Brewery brewmaster Morten
Ibsen. Working with six other brewers, Ibsen put together a limited run of 1,000 bottles. The
beer, aged in French Côte d’Or oak barrels, is somewhat sweet, coming across closer to a
dessert wine than a beer. Get ready to pay $348 per bottle. And since bottles like this are
rarely ever opened, each one is labeled with the work of one of six artists who were
commissioned to do the label art, which is depicts the “...story of what Carlsberg City may
look like someday.” According to Ibsen, the beer “tastes as wonderful as the angels sing.”
Antarctic Nail Ale – Nail Brewing is an Australian brewer with a commitment to
environmental responsibility. In fact, the founder's own brother is a crew member on the Sea
Shepherd – the controversial eco-crusaders featured on the Animal Planet show “Whale
Wars.” To support his brother's cause, Nail Brewing's founder, John Smallwood, brewed up a
special ale to benefit the cause. The Sea Shepherd brought back ice from the Antarctic to
use as the base for a 30 bottle run of Nail Ale. These 30 bottles sold at auction
for hefty prices, with the first bottle going for $800.
the crossroads of the beer world