Dirty Bastard Beer Ban

It is illegal in the state of Alabama to sell “Dirty Bastard Beer.” The label apparently is considered profane by lawmakers in the southern state, and is banned from grocery and convenience store shelves.

Conveniently, this leaves more shelf-space for “Fat Bastard” wine, and “Raging Bitch Beer”—two beverages not banned by the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. An attorney for the Board said that the state aims to "keep dirty pictures and dirty words away from children."

In examining the limits of profanity, the Board consulted the Federal Communications Commission policies and Wikipedia to develop a list of objectionable words that should not appear on product labels, and the list includes "bastard."

It seems that being “dirty” crosses the line of profanity, but being a “raging bitch” or a “fat” bastard is just fine.

The folks at Dirty Bastard describe their beer this way, “So good it's almost wrong. Dark ruby in color and brewed with seven varieties of imported malts. Complex in finish, with hints of smoke and peat, paired with a malty richness and a right hook of hop power to give it the bad attitude that a beer named Dirty Bastard has to live up to. Ain't for the wee lads.” (or for folks in Alabama).



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