With the most breweries in the country since the 1800s and with each putting out an endless assortment of beers, it becomes a task to come up with a unique name and avoid the dreaded cease and desist letter from a fellow brewer. No one wants to get caught up in legal issues over a beer name and lose focus on what really matters in a brewery: brewing. Well, almost no one.
“I also loved the thought of receiving a cease and desist from Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons). Think of the awesome press that would’ve meant!” says Nodding Head Brewery owner, Curt Decker, in regards to his regular offering, Monkey Knife Fight. “Monkey Knife Fight is lifted directly from an episode of The Simpsons. I don’t know how I put that image together with an Asian-inspired tropical lager with ginger and lemongrass, but at the time, it made perfect sense to me.”
The beer has become one of the most successful beers in the Nodding Head portfolio and as Decker puts it, “I think that’s the one case we have at Nodding Head where the name actually drives guests to the beer.” Unfortunately though, the beer has failed to garner the attention of The Simpsons and Decker still awaits the usually dreaded letter. Until then, we’ll just have to enjoy the beer for what it is and mail along a copy of this to Mr. Groening to see if he we can help move the process along.