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The tasting room at Strangeways Brewing Co. (Photo by Burl Rolett)

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. ( – The battle over a local beer brand has ended.

Henrico County’s Strangeways Brewing Co. and Massachusetts-based homebrew shop Strange Brew last week settled a trademark dispute that showed a rare sign of bitterness in an industry that promotes itself as a collegial band of brewers.

The fight, which centered on the “Strange Brew” trademark and a pending “Strangeways Brewing” trademark application, resulted in both sides filing lawsuits in federal court in attempt to do away with the other side’s brand name.

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