- The Washington Times - Friday, April 14, 2017

New guidelines by a craft brewers trade group call on current and prospective members to avoid offending customers and the general public with labels using questionable words, a D.C. news radio station reported Friday.

The code specifically says that brewers shouldn’t use advertising and marketing materials with “sexually explicit, lewd or demeaning brand names, language, text, graphics, photos, videos or other images that reasonable adult consumers would find inappropriate for consumer products offered to the public,” WTOP reported.

But the new guidelines, drafted at the Craft Brewers Conference held recently in D.C., has some detractors hopping mad.

“Like most encounters with self-appointed thought police, it’s both disturbing and fascinating. And it would be laughable were it not for how seriously we here at Flying Dog take freedom of expression and free enterprise,” said Jim Caruso of the Frederick, Maryland-based brewery Flying Dog, WTOP reported.

In May, Mr. Caruso set up a think tank devoted to fighting for free speech and against government regulations which curtail it, inspired in part by an earlier legal dispute with Michigan regulators who tried to prevent his “Raging Bitch” Belgian-style IPA from being sold authorized for sale in the Wolverine State.

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