Food and Wine
July 17, 2018 3:30 pm
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Discussing politics over a beer is nothing new. In fact, having a place to debate the issues of the day over a drink is practically why pubs were invented. But typically, the beers themselves aren’t prompting the topic. The owners of a forthcoming Indiana brewery say they want to change that by giving their beers names that—regardless of your politics—are provocative to say the least.

According to a recent profile by the South Bend Tribune, Lakeville Brew Crew, a Lakeville, Indiana-based brewery slated to open this fall, is planning to launch with a number of controversially-named beers including “Flint Michigan Tap Water,” “Black Beer Matters,” “White Guilt” and “Mass Graves.” Though tapping into such polarizing topics might sound like little more than a publicity stunt, the brewery insists it chose the names in hopes of getting people to talk about these issues.

Duncan told the paper that when the brewery opens, the plan is to have up to eight other beers as well, potentially all with contentious names.

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In a non-sequitur at the end of its article, the Tribune also quoted Duncan as saying he planned on “making Lakeville the Walt Disney of beers,” mentioning that the goal is to make the brewery family-friendly and “all about the beer.”

Politically-themed and controversially-named beers are nothing new. Both Barack Obama and Donald Trump have had beers named after them. A group of breweries recently teamed up to produce a series of beers to support the ACLU (so far, Lakeville Brew Crew has not announced any plans to donate to the causes that inspired their beer names). And even very specific events have gotten beer tributes: For instance, President Trump’s recent meeting with Vladimir Putin prompted a Finnish brewery to create a beer called “Let’s Settle This Like Adults.” However, a completely new brewery planning to launch with what sounds like a lineup of almost entirely provocatively-named beers? It’ll certainly get people talking—though whether that’s good or bad for Lakeville Brew Crew is yet to be seen.