A beer distributor says Maine is being a Scrooge by barring it from selling a beer with a label depicting Santa Clause enjoying a pint of brew. The label for the English-made Santa’s Butt Winter Porter features a rear view of a beer-drinking Santa Claus sitting atop a barrel.
The beer’s name refers not only to Santa’s ample backside, but also to the barrel. In England, brewers once used a large barrel called a “butt” to store beer.
In a complaint filed in federal court, Shelton Brothers accuses the Maine Bureau of Liquor Enforcement of censorship for denying applications for labels for Santa’s Butt Winter Porter and two other beers it wants to sell in Maine.
Does this mean it’s acceptable to call someone a “horse’s (any other animal’s) butt” in polite conversation? Somehow horse’s beer barrel just doesn’t have the same ring. Does it?
Oh Kraftfahrzeug Radkappe Tannenbaum
Here in the city there are always hubcaps along the sides of the road. There are some shops that collect them and resell them (with or without the car attached). But this Christmas season someone decided to collect them with a very different purpose.
All I can say is: You probably won’t see this on DIY network or Martha Stewart … althought it would be interesting to see what would be said during the program. “Now, Martha, while we wait for the crankshaft shaped fruitcake to cook, let’s take this crowbar and insert it right there on the hub cap of this car and ….”