Yorkshire-based brewery launches Maillot Jaune beer

Tour de France-inspired tipple from Great Newsome Brewery is official beer of this weekend's Heart of the Wolds Sportive

by Simon_MacMichael   April 22, 2013  

Great Newsome Brewery Maillot Jaune Golden Ale

A Yorkshire brewery has been inspired by next year’s Grand Départ of the Tour de France in the region by launching a new beer called Maillot Jaune – and all cyclists completing the Heart of the Wolds sportive this weekend will get a chance to sample it.

The beer, which has a low alcohol content, has been launched by Great Newsome Brewery, based in Winestead, East Yorkshire, reports the Hull Daily Mail.

The brewer’s founder and managing director, Matthew Hodgson, said: "Tour de France riders would often stop off for a quick beer alongside the route in days gone by, and while we don't expect next year's riders to halt for a tipple of our ale, we are hoping the beer proves popular with all types of cycle enthusiasts."

James Harper, whose company Harper Creative helped develop the beer, the logo of which features Bradley Wiggins wearing the yellow jersey with the Yorkshire Wolds in the background, said it was aimed to find fans both among cyclists and real ale lovers.

"Great Newsome Brewery has created a wonderful light ale with a hint of citrus and a low alcohol content which I'm sure will make it popular for cyclists in need of a bit of refreshment after a ride," he said.

Danny Richardson, manager of the Great Western Bell Hotel in Driffield, remarked: "The pump clip is really distinctive and has been attracting lots of attention.

"People who have tried it say they really like its light fruity flavour."

Phil Hoskins, organiser of the Heart of the Wolds sportive, which is based in Driffield this year has a sell-out entry of 600 riders, added: "Cycle sportives are becoming increasingly popular but we really want to make our event different from the rest, and having an official event ale, and one with such a cycling theme, will do this.

"We are also delighted we have managed to involve two innovative East Yorkshire companies in this project.

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"low alcohol content" in Yorkshire, are they mad !

posted by mikeprytherch [173 posts]
22nd April 2013 - 14:44

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Nice idea, but isn't "Maillot Jaune" a registered trade mark of the TdF/ASO? Just hope they have permission.

posted by The Rumpo Kid [590 posts]
22nd April 2013 - 15:05

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I wouldn't have thought so, surely it just means yellow shirt, and therefore isn't covered by IP laws. I could be wrong, but I'd be surprised if it was IP protected

posted by pdows47 [99 posts]
22nd April 2013 - 16:04

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The logo features 'a rider'? I think you'll find that's a fairly obvious photoshop of this picture of Bradley Wiggins by Stephane Mahe:

http://cdn.theatlantic.com/static/infocus/tdf072312/s_t01_RTR34VHU.jpg

The UCI has a trademark on the rainbow bands, but its field of use restrictions don't cover beer:
http://www.ipo.gov.uk/tmcase/Results/23/WE00001032330?legacySearch=False

posted by bazzargh [141 posts]
22nd April 2013 - 16:25

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Besides anything, trademarks are specific to product areas - provided there is no risk of consumer confusion, say for example if the TdF has it's own beverage offerings with same/similar name - then trademark does not apply

The one risk would be an accusation of "passing off" - that is of making it seem like this is an official TdF product

posted by mad_scot_rider [518 posts]
22nd April 2013 - 16:28

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nice to see people being positive, supportive and encouraging... http://road.cc/sites/all/modules/smileys/packs/Yahoo!/thinking.gif

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posted by philly [10 posts]
22nd April 2013 - 16:28

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mad_scot_rider wrote:
Besides anything, trademarks are specific to product areas - provided there is no risk of consumer confusion, say for example if the TdF has it's own beverage offerings with same/similar name - then trademark does not apply

The one risk would be an accusation of "passing off" - that is of making it seem like this is an official TdF product

And that's the point! The name (and it is a trademark), the picture of the cyclist, and the product launch at a time when Yorkshire and the TdF are linked, could give the impression that this is an officially endorsed product. I just hope the brewery are aware of this.

posted by The Rumpo Kid [590 posts]
22nd April 2013 - 16:39

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As others have said, maillot jaune may not be a trademark of ASO... but a bit of Googling reveals there's already a maillot jaune beer...

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/livery-barrel-aged-maillot-jaune/89522/

ps Cheers bazzargh, was wondering who the rider was... Wink

(Found pic after writing the article)

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [7484 posts]
22nd April 2013 - 16:45

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As a proud Yorkshireman, I'll still be drinking Adams Broadside Devil

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posted by mingmong [177 posts]
22nd April 2013 - 18:04

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Brains did a beer called Peloton a couple of years back. Wasn't a great pint, but I appreciated the thinking behind it!

posted by HughATA [29 posts]
22nd April 2013 - 18:43

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Any chance it'll make its way daahn saarf?

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posted by TurboJoe [52 posts]
22nd April 2013 - 20:59

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How can I try this in the USA?

posted by gummo [11 posts]
22nd April 2013 - 21:29

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So it's basically a Radler? http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radler

I was told there would be Cake. Luckily there's http://TestValleyCC.org.uk

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posted by KiwiMike [364 posts]
22nd April 2013 - 22:13

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KiwiMike wrote:
So it's basically a Radler? http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radler

I don't think so, i think the citrus will come from hops rather than diluting with lemonade - known as a shandy in these parts.

As an aside Fosters (Heineken UK) are launching a radler this year. http://fosters.co.uk/radler a whole 2%! Surprise

posted by mustard [72 posts]
23rd April 2013 - 1:25

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