Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Ozzy Osbourne beer changes name

A Baltimore brewing company has changed the name of one of their house brands, Ozzy Ale, following the receipt of a cease and desist letter from representatives for the Black Sabbath legend last month.

The Baltimore Sun reports The Brewer's Art co-owner Tom Creegan said Tuesday that the company has renamed its Ozzy beer Beazly after the nickname of Mark Barcus, a bartender at the Mount Vernon bar for nearly 17 years.

The company submitted the proposed name change to Osbourne's representatives, Creegan said, and they approved it.

Earlier this month, The Brewer's Art asked customers to submit potential new names for the beer (which will keep the same recipe) and Beazly came out on top.

Ozzy Ale featured a logo of a clenched fist with a tattoo spelling O-Z-Z-Y across the fingers, which is identical to the one the rocker has on his left hand. The cans also featured two bats, one of which is headless and dripping blood – a reference to the infamous January 1982 incident in Des Moines, Iowa when Ozzy bit the head of a bat thrown on stage by a fan, resulting in a series of rabies shots for the singer.

Black Sabbath wrapped up their North American spring tour dates in support of “13” at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles this past Saturday, and will return to the road for shows starting May 29 in Abu Dhabi.

See also:

PHOTO: Van Halens attend Black Sabbath show in Los Angeles
Black Sabbath: Montreal press conference video
Black Sabbath receive Canadian platinum sales awards in Montreal
Black Sabbath kick off North American tour in New York
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