Guns N’ Roses has settled a trademark infringement case against a craft brewery for selling beer named Guns ‘N’ Rosé beer without permission.
The band filed a federal lawsuit in May in California against Canarchy Craft Brewery Collective, also known as Oskar Blues Brewery, after its management team realized the brewery was not only selling “Guns ‘N’ Rosé” named beer, but also filing to trademark the name. The rose ale is described as being “crisp AF.”
When Guns N’ Roses learned Canarchy attempted to trademark the name in 2018, the band objected and demanded that it retract the application. When the beer company failed to do so, they filed a federal lawsuit for using the Guns N’ Roses name and prestige without the group’s approval.
The “Guns N’ Roses” name has been associated with the band since 1984 when co-founders Tracii Guns and Axl Rose combined their respective bands, LA Guns and Hollywood Rose, to form the rock ‘n’ roll group. Since then, Guns N’ Roses has gone on to achieve national and international acclaim, well known for hit songs such as “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Paradise City,” Sweet Child O’Mine” and “November Rain.” The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of fame in 2012. According to the 23-page complaint, the band has also successfully licensed the Guns N’ Roses name over the years to sell clothing, bandannas, wine glasses, pint glasses and other merchandise.
After negotiations, Guns N’ Roses reached an agreement with the brewery on July 31 to settle claims and dismiss the lawsuit.
The terms of the settlement agreement are confidential. Attorneys for Guns N’ Roses or Canarchy Craft from did not respond to Billboard‘s request for comment.