flying dog http://michiganradio.org en Judge to decide if Flying Dog can sell latest beer in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-decide-if-flying-dog-can-sell-latest-beer-michigan <p>Should the state of Michigan&rsquo;s liquor control commission be allowed to ban the sale of a certain beer based on its name? That&rsquo;s the question a federal judge in Grand Rapids will decide, following arguments this week.</p><p>People can buy several kinds of <a href="http://flyingdogales.com/">Flying Dog beer </a>in Michigan already; In-heat wheat, Doggie Style pale ale, and Horn Dog barley wine for starters.</p><p>The state of Michigan argues the name of Flying Dog&rsquo;s latest beer is a &ldquo;sexist, derogatory and demeaning portrayal of women.&rdquo;</p><p>Alan Gura is the brewery&rsquo;s attorney.</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;The liquor commissioners don&rsquo;t happen to like the name of Flying Dog&rsquo;s Raging Bitch beer. They think it&rsquo;s very offensive, we simply think that&rsquo;s too bad.&rdquo; Thu, 09 Jun 2011 20:02:53 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2832 at http://michiganradio.org Judge to decide if Flying Dog can sell latest beer in Michigan Flying Dog sues state Liquor Control Commission over free speech http://michiganradio.org/post/flying-dog-sues-state-liquor-control-commission-over-free-speech <p><a href="http://www.flyingdogales.com/Default.aspx">Flying Dog Brewery</a>, a Maryland-based beer maker, is suing <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dleg/0,1607,7-154-10570---,00.html">Michigan&#39;s Liquor Control Commission</a> for violating its free speech rights.</p><p>The Brewery applied for a license to sell its 20th anniversary commemorative beer &quot;Raging Bitch&quot; in 2009. The beer&#39;s label included the following text:</p><blockquote><p>Two inflammatory words... one wild drink. Nectar imprisoned in a bottle. Let it out. It is cruel to keep a wild animal locked up. Uncap it. Release it....stand back!! Wallow in its golden glow in a glass beneath a white foaming head. Remember, enjoying a RAGING BITCH, unleashed, untamed, unbridled- and in heat- is pure GONZO!! It has taken 20 years to get from there to here. Enjoy!</p></blockquote><p>According to <a href="http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20110328006083/en/Raging-Bitch-Beer-Ban-Spurs-Flying-Dog">Business Wire</a>, the Michigan Liquor Commission barred the sale of the beer claiming the &quot;beer&#39;s label &mdash; designed by renowned British artist Ralph Steadman &mdash; is &#39;detrimental to the public health, safety and welfare.&#39;&quot;</p><p>Michigan is the only state, of the more than 40 states where the beer is sold, to ban it. Mon, 28 Mar 2011 18:06:27 +0000 Mark Brush 1819 at http://michiganradio.org Flying Dog sues state Liquor Control Commission over free speech