Good news! The forces of darkness that would wage war against silly beer labels may have been defeated - at least in Maine:
The state's beer sellers are now free to put Santa's Butt Winter Porter on their shelves. The brew, along with two beers with labels depicting bare-breasted women, had been off shelves after the Maine Bureau of Liquor Enforcement blocked a beer importer from selling them. State officials worried the Santa's Butt label might appeal to children. It has a rear view of a beer-drinking Santa sitting on a "butt," a large barrel brewers once used to store beer. But the state's actions were reversed after the state attorney general's office determined beer importer probably would win the lawsuit the American Civil Liberties Union filed on its behalf last month.This particular battle in the war against silly labels was first reported upon here last December but we must not be complacent and assume the enemy has resigned itself to live with - rather than against - freedom. The year before it was Connecticut against bad elves. Where will they rear their ugly heads in 2007? Your town? Be alert people.