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Flying Dog Brewery…

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Flying Dog Brewery makes a Belgian-style beer named Raging Bitch.   The overlords at Michigan’s Liquor Control Commission banned the sale of the tasty brew because they didn’t approve of the name or the rather campy artwork on the label.

Flying Dog sued in 2009,  and last year the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit  finally ruled  that the officials could be held liable for violating the brewery’s First Amendment rights,  and Flying Dog could pursue damages for lost sales during the ban.

Flying Dog will use the damages received to start a  “1st Amendment Society,”  a non-profit dedicated to awareness-raising and advocacy around free-speech issues and organizing events that promote “the arts, journalism and civil liberties.”   The society will begin by establishing a scholarship at the University of Maryland’s College of Journalism and hosting a banned-book club this summer at the brewery.

You can employ  this tool  to discover where you can buy their products to thank them for protecting your First Amendment rights.


Written by timeforthorns

May 17, 2016 at 10:07 am

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