Ask any lover of beer and, once you’ve got past the furtive grin, he or she (OK he, if there was a grin) will tell you a growler is a large bottle for filling and refilling with beer, usually at the local bottle shop.
Very soon, if our friends at IPONZ have anything to do with it, unless that bottle shop is owned by Hancock’s Wine and Spirit Merchants you won’t be allowed to called it a growler.
The granting of trademarks on well-used, well-known words and phrases seems to be the stock-in-trade of IPONZ who have recently been in the news for granting the RADLER trademark, when Radler is a well-known style of beer and VINTAGE trademark for cheese products, where Vintage is a well-known style of cheese.
SOBA strongly objects to the trademarking of any such well-known or well-used phrase or word as it is restrictive to trade and is a very real sign of the ceaseless erosion of our language, as she is spoken, for commercial interest alone.
Please add comments below if you have been aware of the term “growler” for describing a vessel used to hold beer.