- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A brewery in Frederick is using the money it was awarded in a legal battle to establish an organization that supports First Amendment rights.

Flying Dog Brewery executive director Erin Weston says the company has created the 1st Amendment Society to advocate for free speech and fight censorship.

Last march, the brewery won a six-year legal battle with the Michigan Liquor Control Commission after the commission rejected a brand name that included a crude term that employed a word for a female dog.

The commission reversed its initial decision in 2011 and approved the label, but Weston says the company continued the legal fight in order to set a precedent.

The 1st Amendment Society will officially launch May 31 in Washington. The launch coincides with SAVOR, a weeklong beer and food event.

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