October 17, 2017

Upset Indo-Americans urge withdrawal of Gandhi beer in Connecticut

Upset Indo-Americans have urged Woodbridge (Connecticut, USA) based New
England Brewing Company to immediately withdraw its "Gandhi" beer, calling
it highly inappropriate.
Distinguished Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada
(USA) today, said that peace icon Mahatma Gandhi abhorred drinking. Selling
beer named after him was highly damaging to his legacy and hurt the
feelings of Indo-Americans and Indians.
Zed, who is Chairperson of Indo-American Leadership Confederation, pointed
out the marketing beer for mercantile greed using Gandhi was trivialization
of Gandhian principles and belittling of the Indo-American community and
Mahatma Gandhi was one of the few men in history to fight simultaneously on
moral, religious, political, social, economic, and cultural fronts, and he
continues to be widely respected as one of the greatest moral and political
leaders of the twentieth century, Rajan Zed noted.
New England Brewing Company, whose tagline is "Drink it. It's good.", is a
craft brewery launched in 2003 which claims to be listed as one of the top
20 breweries in the country, only second craft brewery on the entire  East
Coast to have its beer for sale in cans, and “bring passion for flavor”.
Rob Leonard is founder/owner while Matt Westfall is the head brewer who
created Gandhi-Bot beer. Its brews are claimed to be “loaded into over 300
bars and restaurants”.
Company website states: “Gandhi-Bot is an intensely hopped double India
pale ale with a blend of three varieties of American Hops. Aromatic and
fully vegetarian, Gandhi-Bot is an ideal aid for self-purification and the
seeking of truth and love.” Beer can shows Gandhi’s sketch with one hand
raised as in blessing.

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