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BA Adds New Rules for Offensive Beer Labels & Names : State of the Brew-nion Ep.1

The Brewers Association is an organization of brewers and other's that work in the craft beer industry for the promotion and protection of American Craft Brewers, their beers and their communities. There are over 3,800 U.S. Craft Breweries as members in the BA (which is short for brewers association)

The organization recently announced steps to prevent breweries that use offensive or sexist names and labels from marketing their businesses with the industry trade organization’s intellectual property in regards to World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Fest awards and medals.

This has caused some discussion about whether the Brewers Association is censoring free-expression for brewers or just protecting their brand and creating rules to help their members.

What do you think? Is this move is the right one? Check out the video above and comment below to let us know your thoughts!
 

sources: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/12/meet-the-beer-bottle-dictator.html

http://wtop.com/business-finance/2017/04/brewers-association-wants-craft-brewers-to-clean-up-their-names/

https://www.brewbound.com/news/ba-crack-offensive-beer-labels

https://onmilwaukee.com/raisemke/articles/mobcraft-labels.html

https://www.brewersassociation.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/BA_Advertising_Code_Overview.pdf

https://www.brewersassociation.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/BA_Advertising_Code_Complaint_Process.pdf