Support Innovation Brewing

$5,284 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 138 people in 54 months
Keri Shafer Owen
on behalf of Charles Owen
 HOLLAND, MI

Stand with Innovation Brewing in their legal dispute with Bell's Brewery. The much larger brewery has filed a federal trademark opposition against Innovation Brewing, based on Bell’s use of “Inspired Brewing” and “Bottling Innovation Since 1985.”

This campaign is to assist in covering a portion of the mounting legal fees Innovation Brewing faces in defending their name and business. Chip and Nicole are both wonderful, hard-working, bighearted people, as anyone who has been to their establishment would happily attest. They deserve our support in overcoming this difficulty. 

As a friend and family member, I have seen these two bring their dreams to life through this brewery, and it is difficult to see their growth and success being attacked. I would like to see their funds being able to go back into their business and equipment, where it belongs, instead of being drained away in this legal battle. 

 

So stand with Innovation Brewing, and show your support! Thank you. Should funding happen to exceed their fees in this matter, the money would be put to good use in aiding the business in other needs.


The full article from Citizen-Times can be found here:  http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2015/03/10/small-wnc-brewery-big-trademark-dispute/24715493/

(Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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Wilhelmina Augustine
54 months ago

I've always liked Bell's but this is ridiculous. Apparently they've become so big they've lost their roots as a craft brewery. They should all be SUPPORTING small craft breweries, not threatening lawsuits. I've never tried Innovation's beer, but the next time I'm in NC I'll definitely check it out. Keep up the good fight!

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Michael Vanderhoff
54 months ago

Pumped to see the nationwide support for Innovation Brewing. Have been a customer and fan of theirs since day 1, and happy to say that I will no longer be a Bells customer. This is going to work out just fine for Innovation, and I bet these Michigan folks may one day have Innovation beer available to them.

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Keri Owen
54 months ago

They have posted their response to Bell's here: https://www.facebook.com/innovationbrewing/posts/455657244592313 They are working on trying to produce an unbiased, all facts on the table piece, and when they have completed that I will post an update to this page. Thank you.

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Keri Owen
54 months ago

Bradley, I will ask them. I can tell you that it is trademark dispute, not a lawsuit, and that they are very restricted in what they are allowed to say because of the legal process.

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Bradley Dilger
54 months ago

Has Innovation responded to Bells yet? The latter claims there is no lawsuit, an offer to pay legal fees, etc. http://bellsbeer.com/blog/314-Letter_from_the_Vice_President__Laura_Bell_addresses_federal_trademark_dispute

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Wesley Miller
54 months ago

Help Keep Sylva Drunk - not in that moonshine-swilling, firearms violation kind of way, but in sophisticated, craft-beer kind of way. Speaking as a Michigander who has made WNC his home (Chip's from Michigan originally as well), Larry Bells has done a lot for craft beer in America. That said, feel free to put your dollars in the hands of other brewers just like Chip who just happen to live in the Mitten, WNC, or anywhere else. #boycottbells

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Mark Zaffrann
54 months ago

Looking forward to a victory party or further opportunity to support the cause at the Waynesville Craft Beer Fair in August...No fires this time ;-) Keep up the fight.

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Todd Branstner
54 months ago

Yes, we in Michigan are behind you. In fact some of us in a (largely) Michigan based group started a petition which all are welcome to sign: https://www.change.org/p/bell-s-brewery-inc-drop-your-lawsuit-against-innovation-brewing

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Joe Lachovsky
54 months ago

Luther I can understand your frustration with Bells, but don't swear off all Michigan products because of the actions of one brewery. A lot of Michigan people in craft beer are standing behind Innovation. It's a shame Bells had to go and do this.

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Luther-Debbie Dixon
54 months ago

Is this Anheuser Busch? Another example of big companies using the legal system to stamp out ingenuity. I have drank my last Michigan product, not to mention Bells Brewery.

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Chip Owen
54 months ago

Hi, yes Keri set this up for us (Innovation Brewing) and we are very grateful. We appreciate all your support in this. This is indeed going directly to help out Innovation Brewing.

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Keith Bos
54 months ago

Keri is Chip's sister law and she is leading the charge because Chip is too modest to get publicity.

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Keri Owen
54 months ago

Hi Kendalyn, totally understandable. I will ask them to comment here with their Facebook account so you can know they are receiving the donations. Thank you :)

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Kendalyn Thuma
54 months ago

Seriously not trying to sound like a jerk. Is there a way to know this is definitely going to the Innovation Brewing Company?

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Steve Antoch
19 months ago

I'm so sick of guys like these forgetting their roots. Like what Magic Hat did to Georgetown's 9lb Porter after buying Pyramid. EFF THEM! Glad you won but here's a few for the inevitable appeal.

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51 months ago
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51 months ago
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Jeff Schmehl
53 months ago

Haven't been to your brewery yet but plan to in May. I hope this gets settled soon!

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mark stenger
53 months ago
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53 months ago
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53 months ago
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Jim & Vickie Kane
53 months ago

Upon learning of this controversy, Vickie & I and our dog, Harley, did the only sensible thing and drove from Lexington, SC to Innovation Brewing at Sylva on Sunday to show our support ... and participate in a couple Hops & Robbers IPA's.

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Elly Schmitmeyer
53 months ago
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Ross Yannayon
53 months ago

No confusion here, Innovation Brewing definitely has my support. Great venue, great beer, and great people. Bell's is definitely off my list until they see the light.

Wilhelmina Augustine
54 months ago

I've always liked Bell's but this is ridiculous. Apparently they've become so big they've lost their roots as a craft brewery. They should all be SUPPORTING small craft breweries, not threatening lawsuits. I've never tried Innovation's beer, but the next time I'm in NC I'll definitely check it out. Keep up the good fight!

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Michael Vanderhoff
54 months ago

Pumped to see the nationwide support for Innovation Brewing. Have been a customer and fan of theirs since day 1, and happy to say that I will no longer be a Bells customer. This is going to work out just fine for Innovation, and I bet these Michigan folks may one day have Innovation beer available to them.

+ Read More
Keri Owen
54 months ago

They have posted their response to Bell's here: https://www.facebook.com/innovationbrewing/posts/455657244592313 They are working on trying to produce an unbiased, all facts on the table piece, and when they have completed that I will post an update to this page. Thank you.

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Keri Owen
54 months ago

Bradley, I will ask them. I can tell you that it is trademark dispute, not a lawsuit, and that they are very restricted in what they are allowed to say because of the legal process.

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Bradley Dilger
54 months ago

Has Innovation responded to Bells yet? The latter claims there is no lawsuit, an offer to pay legal fees, etc. http://bellsbeer.com/blog/314-Letter_from_the_Vice_President__Laura_Bell_addresses_federal_trademark_dispute

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Wesley Miller
54 months ago

Help Keep Sylva Drunk - not in that moonshine-swilling, firearms violation kind of way, but in sophisticated, craft-beer kind of way. Speaking as a Michigander who has made WNC his home (Chip's from Michigan originally as well), Larry Bells has done a lot for craft beer in America. That said, feel free to put your dollars in the hands of other brewers just like Chip who just happen to live in the Mitten, WNC, or anywhere else. #boycottbells

+ Read More
Mark Zaffrann
54 months ago

Looking forward to a victory party or further opportunity to support the cause at the Waynesville Craft Beer Fair in August...No fires this time ;-) Keep up the fight.

+ Read More
Todd Branstner
54 months ago

Yes, we in Michigan are behind you. In fact some of us in a (largely) Michigan based group started a petition which all are welcome to sign: https://www.change.org/p/bell-s-brewery-inc-drop-your-lawsuit-against-innovation-brewing

+ Read More
Joe Lachovsky
54 months ago

Luther I can understand your frustration with Bells, but don't swear off all Michigan products because of the actions of one brewery. A lot of Michigan people in craft beer are standing behind Innovation. It's a shame Bells had to go and do this.

+ Read More
Luther-Debbie Dixon
54 months ago

Is this Anheuser Busch? Another example of big companies using the legal system to stamp out ingenuity. I have drank my last Michigan product, not to mention Bells Brewery.

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Chip Owen
54 months ago

Hi, yes Keri set this up for us (Innovation Brewing) and we are very grateful. We appreciate all your support in this. This is indeed going directly to help out Innovation Brewing.

+ Read More
Keith Bos
54 months ago

Keri is Chip's sister law and she is leading the charge because Chip is too modest to get publicity.

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Keri Owen
54 months ago

Hi Kendalyn, totally understandable. I will ask them to comment here with their Facebook account so you can know they are receiving the donations. Thank you :)

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Kendalyn Thuma
54 months ago

Seriously not trying to sound like a jerk. Is there a way to know this is definitely going to the Innovation Brewing Company?

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