Maryland’s Flying Dog Brewery is no stranger to freedom of speech battles.
Just last year, the brewery won a six-year battle against the Michigan Liquor Control Commission over their Belgian-style IPA named “Raging Bitch”—and used the funds to form the 1st Amendment Society.
“The Maryland-based brewery used the damages from the case to establish the 1st Amendment Society, which aims to raise the public consciousness of these rights by advocating on behalf of and organizing events that promote the arts, journalism and civil liberties.”
Then, on June 1, Flying Dog left the Brewers Association because of the new Marketing and Advertising Code.
In a letter to the BA’s Bob Pease, Flying Dog says the new code “is an attempt by the BA to censor beer names that offend the sensibilities of some at the BA, primarily by trying to intimidate breweries into censoring themselves.”
Caruso finishes his 6-page letter with what he describes as a silver lining:
“There’s always a silver lining, and in this situation it’s a win for those fighting to defend and protect freedom of expression. Flying Dog is contributing an amount equal to double the tens of thousands of dollars spent on its BA membership and BA-related events annually to the 1st Amendment Society.”
Here is the letter. Let us know in the comments what you think.