Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Weed: It's Not Just for Smoking!

Tip of the hat to one Vaune Dillmann of the Mt. Shasta Brewing Company and his fight to make weed legal. The LA Times reports that while brewing out of his Northern California brewery, Mr. Dillmann created a bit of controversy with his bottle caps labeled "Try Legal Weed". Turns out Mt. Shasta is based in Weed, CA and, according to the Times article, the town of Weed has been playing off the double entendre in a variety of ways.

Cue in the fuzz; stage right (wing). While most people can enjoy the goofy joke without getting the munchies our friends at the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms didn't think it was funny. They did make a brief stink of the situation (pun intended) but in the end cooler heads prevailed. The Mt. Shasta Brewing Company's Web site states that the ATF now agrees that their label refers to the brand product and does not mislead consumers.

By the way, Mr. Dillmann is not some renegade brewer that wears hemp and listens to the Grateful Dead. Turns out he's a former fuzz himself.

We've never had a Mt. Shasta beer so can't tell you if they are good, bad, or otherwise. However, if you find yourself in Northern California or Southern Oregon do your best to sniff out some Weed beer. It's worth it if only for the opportunity to support a microbrewery and try something new. Besides, everybody's doing it.

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