As quickly as it began, the whiskey war is over

  • Article by: DAVID PHELPS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 21, 2012 - 9:36 PM

Former pub owner Kieran Folliard said he's keeping the trademark for the "Big Ginger."

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madkingchrisFeb. 21, 1212:21 PM

Over-rated, and mediocre. I'll take my single malt Scotch please.

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mplsgentFeb. 21, 1212:54 PM

For those with misinformation after the Strib's last article, the dispute was about the NAME, not about the combination of ingredients in the drink. The name is legally trademarked property, and infringement of that can seriously harm smaller, local companies like Folliard's. As the article states, Folliard continues to have the rights to the trademarked name. Good on ya, Kieran! I for one will continue to support this whiskey.

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jazzbaseFeb. 21, 1212:57 PM

I'm happy to see this worked out. Two Gingers is a good product. I hope that it is poured all over the area.

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vizzleFeb. 21, 12 1:00 PM

madkingchris: Remember, all Scotch is whiskey, but not all whiskey is Scotch. So you are claiming all Irish whiskey is mediocre? Or just Two Gingers? Should I make a generalization of Scotch whisky based on Cutty Sark?

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toadspitFeb. 21, 12 1:21 PM

I'm happy for Folliard, however, 2 Gingers is a terrible whiskey. Something in the flavor is reminiscent of a glass of whiskey that's had all of the ice melted in it already.

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joe_mnFeb. 21, 12 1:54 PM

Hmm. Worrying about this or the t'wolves quest to hit .500? I can hardly sleep at night.

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RBHolbFeb. 21, 12 2:26 PM

vizzle: "Remember, all Scotch is whiskey, but not all whiskey is Scotch." No "whiskey" is Scotch. The liquor from Scotland is "whisky."

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mrdurdenumdFeb. 21, 12 2:43 PM

Toadspit nailed it. 2 Gingers is nowhere near as good in a Big Ginger as Jameson is. When I moved down here from Duluth last year I was SO excited to get back to Kieran's for BG's after work and was sorely disappointed when I learned of the switch.

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bradd_bdogFeb. 21, 12 2:58 PM

"We will continue to sell the Big Ginger," Folliard said. He said no other terms of the settlement could be revealed. Uh, wait, I thought he sold all of his bars/restaurants? Shouldn't he have said that he'll continue to sell 2 Gingers that could be used for the Big Ginger? What's a Jameson and ginger ale called then? Could I still get a Jameson and ginger ale at the Local? Or did they quit selling Jameson? I guess it really doesn't matter to me, I'll just keep sipping Jameson straight over a couple of ice cubes. Or Red Breast, maybe.

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ellieohFeb. 21, 12 5:05 PM

As if Jameson wanted the "Big Ginger" trademark! Kieren Folliard is missing a couple of elements here, to establish a whiskey brand takes big $'s and distribution both of which Jameson have locked down. Sure 2 Gingers will "sell" well in the former pubs owned by Folliard but beyond that it will be a struggle.

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