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Brewery removes Hindu god from beer label

Published: June 9, 2014, 4:13 pm, by Jen Mulson

Rajan Zed 5Odd13 Brewing, a brewery in Lafayette, is not making any friends among Hindus.

From a press release:

“Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that inappropriate usage of Hindu deities or concepts or symbols for commercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurt the devotees.

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, stressed that Lord Hanuman was highly revered in Hinduism and he was meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines and not to be used in selling beer for mercantile greed.”

I couldn’t find a photo of the beer label, but wondered if anybody else is offended by a Hindu god plastered across their beer bottle?

UPDATE: The brewery removed the label. From a second press release:

“Ryan Scott, brewery’s co-founder, was quoted in the media today: We didn’t mean for it to be offensive… the name for the beer originally came from a Facebook contest.”