& # 39; Polygamy is illegal, therefore these products are not approved & # 39 ;: the sale of Polygamy Porter beer is rejected in North Carolina because of the name
- Popular Utah craft beer, Polygamy Porter, will not be sold in North Carolina
- State & # 39; s Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission rejected the brand because of the word polygamy
- Polygamy Porter started in 2001 and is sold in 20 states without complaints
- State laws prohibit a label depicting & # 39; the use of alcoholic beverages in a scene defined by the Commission as unworthy, indecent or in bad taste & # 39;
- Wasatch plans to appeal against the North Carolina drink commission on August 14
Popular Utah craft beer, Polygamy Porter, will not be sold in North Carolina after the state's alcoholic beverage control committee rejected the brand because of the word polygamy.
In a letter addressed to the Utah Brewers Cooperative from Salt Lake City, committee representatives stated: & # 39; Polygamy is illegal. That is why these products will not be approved. & # 39;
Wasatch Brewery, owner of Polygamy Porter, tried to get a license from the commission that would allow them to sell the drink at a bar in Asheville called The Collaboratory.
Wasatch launched in 2001 and Polygamy Porter is sold in 20 states
The Collaboratory already sells drinks through Wasatch and is owned by their parent company, CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective.
Kat Haney, the public affairs director of North Carolina, told the Salt Lake Tribune: “The NC ABC committee always pays close attention to each label and uses the criteria described in the statutes as the basis for any rejection or approval. & # 39;
Haney told The Salt Lake Tribune: & # 39; North Carolina state laws prohibit certain statements about alcohol advertising and labels. & # 39;
The clause affecting Polygamy Porter is one that prohibits a label that depicts the use of alcoholic beverages in a scene determined by the Commission as unworthy, indecent or in bad taste & # 39 ;.
Jon Lee, Wasatch Brewery Co-Chief Operating Officer and brewmaster, was shocked by the rejection.
Lee: & # 39; & # 39; We do not feel that we are really pushing the limits too much. & # 39;
He told News channel 3: & # 39; We were quite surprised, we did not expect it, especially since we have been making this beer for 18 years. & # 39;
Polygamy Porter's bottle design shows a naked man surrounded by several naked women with the slogan & why only one! & # 39;
Polygamy Porter started in 2001 and is currently sold in 20 states without complaints.
Wasatch plans to challenge North Carolina's rejection on August 14
& # 39; We don't think it really pushes the boundaries, & # 39; Lee said to The Salt Lake Tribune. & # 39; Just recognize our heritage, but also enjoy it & # 39 ;.
Although polygamy was often used by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, practice has since been abandoned and polygamous members are being excommunicated. Similarly, polygamy is illegal in all 50 states.
& # 39; We are here in the [polygamy] joke here in Utah. It's just a nice beer name and it's certainly not meant to promote illegal activities, "said Lauren Boyack, a spokeswoman for Wasatch Brewery.
Wasatch Brewery hoped to sell the popular Utah beer at a new restaurant in Asheville, North Carolina
Lee told the Salt Lake Tribune: & # 39; Beer should be fun and we have a good time with it. & # 39;
Wasatch plans to appeal against the North Carolina drink commission on August 14.
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