Canadian distillery Macaloney's Caledonian sued by Scotch Whisky Association

Any wordings with a connection to Scotland should be eliminated


Since April 2021 there has been a dispute between the Macaloney's Caledonian Brewery & Distillery on Vancouver Island and the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA). The latter sued the Canadian company for using certain names, words and images to remind people of Scotland. Terms like “Glen”, “Caledonia”, “Inver”, “Island” and even the family name of the owner Macaloney are a thorn in the side of the SWA according to a current press release from Macaloney's Caledonian Brewery & Distillery.

Due to the great public support of the Canadian distillery through the media, the SWA had signaled its readiness to negotiate worldwide, but the lawyers of the Scotch Whiskey Association had not yet made any compromise proposals, the press release reports. Macaloney suspects that the SWA's demand for non-binding and confidential mediation by a third party is an attempt to drive up litigation costs and thus put the small company under pressure.

Glen Fargo Whiskey, Virginia Distillery and Glen MacDonald Distillery in the USA, Glen Breton in Canada and the German distilleries Glen Buchenbach and Glen Els (now Elsburn – we reported here) have already experienced this stubborn action by the SWA against distilleries around the world. Macaloney's Caledonian hopes that further public pressure, such as the writing of letters of support and the support by prominent figures in the whisky scene, may prevent the SWA from attempting to prevent artisanal distillers from cherishing their Scottish heritage.

Source and pictures: Macaloney's Caledonian Brewery & Distillery