Throughout the brewing industry there are stories of similarities. Sometimes these similarities are intentional, while others are coincidental. In the Northwest we have seen our fair share of coincidences and regrettably it has often resulted in lawsuits that often end in settlements or verdicts.
From Snoqualmie Falls (re:Haystack Hefe') to Trade Route (formerly,Laughing Buddha) Washington state has been the bearer of outside influences swooping into the beverage market with one accusation, willful duplicity.
But the events happened in the past and aren’t up for discussion here. Instead we would like to point out that a beer release from another two breweries will soon be back on the shelves.
Collaboration Not Litigation Ale is a marriage of two version of the same beer style. What started this 'marriage' of two breweries? The answer is better spoke by Avery Brewing itself.
After becoming friends a few years ago, we realized we both had a Salvation in our lineups. Was it going to be a problem? Should one of us relinquish the name rights? “Hell, no!” we said. In fact, it was quickly decided that we should blend the brews to catch the best qualities of each and create an even more complex and rich libation. In April 2004, in a top secret meeting at Russian River Brewing (well, actually it was packed in the pub and many were looking over our shoulders wondering what the hell was going on), we came up with the perfect blend of the two Salvations.
Natalie, Vinnie’s much more significant other, exclaimed, “We should call this Collaboration, not Litigation Ale!” “Perfect,” we shouted! We celebrated deep into the night (or is that morning?). Fast forward to November 14, 2006. After talking about it for over two years, we finally decided to pull the trigger and Vinnie made the journey to Avery Brewing to brew his Salvation exactly as he does in his brewery. -source, Avery Brewing
Released in the Winter season, this beer is sure to be a welcome addition to Indian-inspired dishes. Course this pairing isn't the only kind so we encourage you to pick up a bottle of Avery Collaboration Not Litigation Ale and see what you come up with.
Look for bottles of Avery's Collaboration Not Litigation wherever bottles of their Brown Porter, India Pale Ale, or even Czar Imperial Russian Stout; are sold. As always if you don't find it on the shelf we ask that you get your grocer to buy some!
About Avery Brewing Company
Established in 1993, Avery Brewing Company has developed a reputation as being one of the most daring and visionary breweries in the nation. They are the brewers of Avery IPA, The Maharaja Imperial IPA, White Rascal Belgian Wheat Ale, Mephistopheles' Stout and eighteen other year-round and seasonal beers. Please go to www.averybrewing.com for more information on Avery beers.