Alabama OKs Selling Bastard-Named Beers
Remember back when Idaho first banned Five Wives Vodka for its (seemingly polygamist) name, and then changed its mind? Seems that the state of Alabama is playing the same game. Alabama has now lifted a ban on selling beers with the name "bastard" in them.
Specifically, it was Dirty Bastard and Backwoods Bastard beers that were banned, made by Founders Brewing Co. in Michigan. Although Founders is distributed in 23 states, the Associated Press reports, Alabama was the only state to have a problem with a name. The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board reportedly banned the beers from sale because beer and wine are sold in grocery stores, and many were concerned that children might see the beers on shelves.
Although the board didn't give a specific reason why it changed its mind, some say that another bastardly named product might have something to do with it. Fat Bastard wine, a popular wine in Alabama, would have also been banned if Founders' brews were banned.
You can toast to Founders' newest success with the Dirty Bastard, a Scotch ale, and Backwoods Bastard, a specialty beer to be released in September.