CraftHaus Brewery of Nevada produces an annual release named, Jean Claude. This name has caught the attention of the action star, Jean Claude Van Damme’s attorney in Belgium who sent the brewery a cease and desist letter. Jean Claude, Belgian Golden Strong Ale has been brewed since 2014 and it will now receive a new name.
The beer as originally named, Jean Claude was done so in honor of CraftHaus Brewery’s brewers’ traveling van named, “Jean Claude Damn Van!” The brewers spent a year traveling the United States and visiting breweries along the way. The van was notorious for breaking down, hence the use of “damn” as an expletive. Then, the brewery became a resting place for the beer traveling van and took on a personality of its own. The beer has received a cult- like following with the anticipation of its once a year release.
“I’m actually flattered that our beer has the attention of Jean Claude Van Damme’s attorney and wish JCVD himself could enjoy a glass of this beautiful beer,” said Wyndee Forrest, Co-Owner of CraftHaus Brewery. “I understand his attorney needs to protect his image.”
CraftHaus Brewery has complied to all demands put forth by Jean Claude Van Damme’s attorney, including removing the logo from social media. The beer now bears a new name, “Not That Jean Claude” as a reminder of the van that brought the brewers to the brewery. CraftHaus will brew the annual release again in 2019 with its new name but same beer style. Guests can enjoy “Not That Jean Claude” at CraftHaus Brewery’s taproom and at craft beer establishments in the Las Vegas valley.
Established 2014, CraftHaus Brewery is passionate about creating quality driven beers and sharing them with their community. Owners, Wyndee and Dave Forrest successfully changed licensing for the city of Henderson to a more craft friendly license. Their brew team is led by educated, professional brewers, Steve Brockman and Steph Cope. Their beer can be found in Clark County, Nevada including the Las Vegas Strip.