Moonshine makes a comeback in Va.; Md. brewery sues over beer name


Authorities say they’re seeing a resurgence in illegal liquor-making in parts of Virginia, while a Maryland brewery is suing over a beer name. (Astrid Riecken)

Moonshine, that bitter ambrosia of the Prohibition era, is apparently making a comeback in parts of Virginia, according to state authorities. The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control seized five stills in raids this month; the agency says the illegal liquor trade seems to be reemerging in part because of a tough economy, the Roanoke Times reported.

Meanwhile, Maryland’s Flying Dog Brewery is suing Michigan’s liquor commission after the agency rejected a beer label for “Raging Bitch” beer, a Belgian-style India pale ale.

The commission rejected the name because it features an expletive, prompting the Frederick-based brewery to accuse the board of censorship.

Michigan’s Grand Rapids Press reported that Flying Dog has sold other creatively named beers in Michigan without issue:"Doggie Style" Classic Pale Ale, "In Heat Wheat" Hefeweizen Ale and "Old Scratch" Amber Lager.

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