Craft Brewer Calls A-B Trademark Challenge ‘Unfounded’

The founders of Natty Greene's Brewing Company say their brewery is named for Nathanael Greene. | Courtesy of Natty Greene's Brewing Company
The founders of Natty Greene’s Brewing Company say their brewery is named for Nathanael Greene. | Courtesy of Natty Greene’s Brewing Company

Anheuser-Busch is opposing a North Carolina craft brewer’s attempt to trademark the name “Natty Greene” because of its similarity to Natty Light products. Now the founders of Natty Greene’s Brewing Company, founded in 2004, are speaking out against the opposition filing.

Former college roommates in Greensboro and founders of the brewery, Kayne Fisher and Chris Lester, find A-B’s challenge “unfounded,” the Triangle Business Journal reports. “In no way did we ever think this would happen or even come up,” Fisher said. “In our wildest dreams we wouldn’t have thought that these guys would ever take notice.”

The founders say the beer is “100 percent after Nathanael Greene.” Greene was a general in the Revolutionary War and the namesake for the city of Greensboro.

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