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Thursday, November 23, 2006

New York State to Massachusetts Beer Importer: Bah Humbug

The New York State Liquor Authority has decided that three beers being imported by Shelton Brothers of Belchertown, Mass., have labels that might appeal to children so the brews have been banned in the Empire State.

Seriously Bad Elf Double Ale, Santa's Butt Winter Porter and Rudolph's Revenge Winter Ale have all received the Scrooge treatment from Albany bureaucrats. In response Shelton filed a lawsuit earlier this week in New York Supreme Court claiming the Liquor Authority has violated freedom of speech rights granted by the U.S. Constitution and the state's liquor laws.

Shelton's suit points out that a number of other holiday themed beers have been allowed into New York. The Bad Elf brand ran into a similar issue last year in Connecticut, but the state reversed its initial ban and allowed the beer to be sold.

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