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Raging Bitch To Sue Michigan Liquor Control

Well actually not a out of control knife wielding raging bitch – more like the Flying Dog Brewery Company is suing the Michigan Liquor Control over the name of their 20th anniversary beer “Raging Bitch”

Citing their First Amendment rights and after an appalling attempt at state censorship, Flying Dog Brewery, with the support of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, filed suit in U.S. District Court on Friday to overturn the Michigan Liquor Control Commission’s ban on the sale of their Raging Bitch Beer. The suit also seeks to recover damages from the loss of sales under the statewide ban, which the Commission issued based on its members’ personal distaste for Raging Bitch’s labeling.

The brouhaha began in September 2009, when Flying Dog Brewery applied for a license to sell Raging Bitch in the state of Michigan. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission barred the sale of Raging Bitch, claiming that the beer’s label — designed by renowned British artist Ralph Steadman — is “detrimental to the public health, safety and welfare.”

Not sure how much more “detrimental” to my public health Raging Bitch Beer is gonna be to me but the stuff is really good.  Personally I don’t see a problem, but then again I’m not some out of touch stick-up-his-butt liquor control commissioner, so what do I know.  What do you think?

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