Saturday, March 7, 2015

Flying dog rages on! Beer protects freedom!

Raging Bitch label art, illustrated by Ralph Steadman

In 2009 the Michigan Liquor Control Commissioners decided to ban the sale of Raging Bitch, a Belgian-Style IPA, as a ruled today, in doing so they violated Flying Dog Brewery's First Amendment right. FREEDOM OF SPEECH, BITCHES!!

"The Commission originally deemed the Raging Bitch label “detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of the general public” and prohibited the beer from being sold in Michigan. Flying Dog found that to be an appalling attempt at state censorship, as well as a clear violation of its First Amendment rights.

“Let this be another lesson to the politically-correct crowd. There’s no free ride for violating Americans’ free speech rights,” Flying Dog Attorney Alan Gura, of Washington, DC-based Gura & Possessky, PLLC, said. “In 21st Century America, officials cannot ban words, artwork and poetry they dislike. Illegal censorship causes real harm, and Michigan’s liquor commissioners will now be made to pay real money for the damage they've done.” 

As fans of the word bitch, Raging Bitch IPA and beer, we were pretty damned excited to read that our friends over at Flying Dog Brewery will be able to recover damages lost during the ban. Beer = freedom fighters. Thank you Flying Dog and Alan Gura, you're our heroes!

About Flying Dog Brewery:
As one of the fastest-growing regional craft breweries in the mid-Atlantic, Flying Dog has been brewing world-class beer that pushes the confines of traditional styles for 25 years. Flying Dog attracts everyone from craft beer connoisseurs to those just catching the wave with up to 20 styles available at any given time and its Gonzo ties to writer Hunter S. Thompson and artist Ralph Steadman. Named the Mid-Size Craft Brewery of the Year at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival (the highest honor for its size in the United States), recent accolades for Flying Dog include its Pale Ale ranked as the #1 American Pale Ale in the U.S. by The New York Times. For more information, please visit

Jim Caruso
CEO, Flying Dog Brewery

Alan Gura
Partner, Gura and Possessky, PLLC

Stay drunk, Bitches! 

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