Suit Filed in California Says Kona Co. Dupes Those Seeking Hawaii-Made Beer

March 6, 2017

A class-action lawsuit says Kona Brewing Co. leads customers to believe they are buying made-in-Hawaii beer.

The lawsuit filed in California is against Craft Brew Alliance, which advertises, markets, distributes and sells the Kona brand.

Craft Brew Alliance spokeswoman Jenny McLean won’t comment on pending litigation. She explains that all packaged Kona Brewing beer is produced in Oregon, Washington state, New Hampshire and Tennessee. A Kailua-Kona, Hawaii brewery produces draft beer that’s sold in Kona Brewing pubs and elsewhere in the islands.

The lawsuit says consumers purchased Kona Brewing beer because they believed it came from Hawaii. The lawsuit says Craft Brew’s advertising and labeling is deceptive.

According to its website, Kona Brewing ensures freshness and minimizes its carbon footprint by brewing beer close to distribution markets.

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  • April 13, 2017 at 11:47 am
    Nickel says:
    What? I thought all Sierra Nevada beer was brewed inside a cavern deep within the Sierra Nevada mountain range!! This is an outrage! Who wants to join my lawsuit??
  • March 6, 2017 at 1:46 pm
    CalDude says:
    Ridiculous lawsuit. Very common to have contract brewing to save shipping cost, support demand and ensure freshness. Example: Sierra Nevada Brewing (Chico, CA) contracts wi... read more

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