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Beyoncé is not amused by this Brooklyn beer named Bïeryoncé

You can still get some before it's gone.


David Britton

Internet Culture

Posted on Dec 11, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 8:22 am CDT

Brooklyn-based Lineup Brewing has agreed to halt production of its “Bïeryoncé” beer after it received a cease and desist letter from Beyoncé’s lawyers.

The German-style pilsner was not only a play on Queen Bey’s name—it also came in a can designed to look like her 2013 solo album.

The cover of Beyoncé's 2013 solo album
The cover of Beyoncé’s 2013 solo album. Image via Beyoncé/Wikepedia (Public Domain)

Head brewer and co-owner Katarina Martinez said she was inspired to name the beer after Beyoncé when an Oktoberfest event forced her to miss one of the singer’s concerts.

“As a Hispanic, female run business, I am very inspired by her so I thought I’d pay homage,” Martinez said in an interview with Pitchfork. “We’re disappointed she didn’t take it as a compliment, but oh well. It was fun while it lasted!

The beer had already been released and is available in New York while supplies last. No word on the number of cases produced, but there’s a good chance it won’t be around for long.

H/T Pitchfork

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*First Published: Dec 11, 2017, 6:16 pm CST