CLEVELAND — Editor's note: the video in the player above is from Dec. 15, 2020.
In December, the Cleveland Indians announced that they have made the decision to eventually change their team name.
And while they'll remain the "Indians" for the 2021 season, that hasn't stopped some from campaigning for their favorite choices for the team's new name.
The latest entry comes via one of Cleveland's most popular breweries, Saucy Brew Works. On Monday, the Cleveland-based brewery announced its support for the "Cleveland Municipals" to become the Indians' new name, launching a new beer by the same name to kick off its campaign.
"In partnering with the Cleveland Municipals organization, Saucy Brew Works encourages the Indians to adopt the Municipals name in order to appropriately honor the legacy of the historic franchise while authentically representing the city of Cleveland and its people," Saucy Brew Works said in a release. "To celebrate this new era of Cleveland baseball, Saucy Brew Works will be brewing a second baseball-themed beer following the seasonal release of Stealing Signs. Municipals Munich-style Helles Lager will be released on April 5, 2021, in honor of the Home Opener."
The campaign to rename the Indians the Municipals kicked off last year, shortly after the team announced its intentions to rename. The movement, led by Lakewood natives Will Weible and Jamie Lansdowne, includes a website featuring potential logo and uniform designs, as well as information regarding the history behind the name.
“In our conversations with the team at Saucy it became very clear that our passion for Cleveland baseball is equaled by their passion for Cleveland beer,” Weible said. “Eric and the brew team have come up with a great beer in a style that reflects Cleveland’s rich brewing history, echoing the Cleveland pride our proposal is rooted in.”