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Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 03/28/2011

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)
It’s almost happy hour. To get you through the rest of the workday and on to your favorite watering hole, here’s the latest in local drinking news.

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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