Brewer: Butt out and let us sell Santa beer

Maine authorities say the label for Santa’s Butt Winter Porter appeals to children.

ORTLAND, Maine/AP – A beer distributor says Maine is being a Scrooge by barring it from selling a beer with a label depicting Santa Claus enjoying a pint of brew. In a complaint filed in U.S. District, Shelton Brothers accuses the Maine Bureau of Liquor Enforcement of censorship for denying applications for labels for Santa’s Butt Winter Porter and two other beers it wants to sell in Maine.

The episode is reminiscent of last year when Connecticut told Shelton Brothers it had problems with its Seriously Bad Elf ale. “Last year it was elves. This year it’s Santa. Maybe next year it’ll be reindeer,” said Daniel Shelton, owner of the company in Belchertown, Mass.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday, contends the state’s action violates the First Amendment by censoring artistic expression. But the state says it’s within its rights. The label with Santa might appeal to children, said Maine State Police Lt. Patrick Fleming. The other two labels are considered inappropriate because they show bare-breasted women.

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Club Update: Music City Brewers

Nashville, TN area

Hello All,

I am writing to let you know that the January MCB meeting will be at the Battleground Brewery on January 9th @ 2:00. The address is 108 Bridge Street, Franklin, TN 37064

Please respond and let me know if you are going to make it so I can give Fred a figure of how many are going to attend.


Jonathan Adams

Brandon Jones was nominated to the presidency for next year at the meeting before the Christmas party. The only objection was a drunk elf in the corner of the room. He suggested a troll named Flibber McFlea who hasn’t been seen since the Orkin man treated his space underneath the bridge in Nashville near the clothing store, a method better known in debugging idiom as “Bridging the Gap.”

Club Update: Escambia Bay Brewers

Pensacola Area

Years ago, the brew club met on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Begining Jan. 21st we will add to our club activities The Thursday Night Brewers Group. The purpose of the group is to share expertise & to sample and evaluate our latest creations. All adult beverages are eligible for sampling. No comercial beverages are allowed unless the brewer brings it. To attend you must bring something. We need volunteers to provide a place to meet. Mark & I will host the first 2 meetings and when the weather is OK we may meet at Pat’s shop. If you are interested please let me know. Only those who respond will recieve email regarding this group.     jim

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An Interview With Antique Beer Stein Collector Frank Loevi

By Maribeth Keane, Collectors Weekly Staff (©Copyright 2008) Courtesy Collectors Weekly

Frank Loevi discusses collecting beer steins, and the history of stein production in Germany and the U.S. Loevi can be reached through his Beer Stein Library, which is a member of our Hall of Fame.

Hand-carved ivory stein (Italy, circa 1900) and Mettlach “etched” stein No. 2524

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