'Legal Weed' Beer Slogan Has Feds Hopping Mad

Brewer in Weed, Calif., told to scrap his caps
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2008 8:32 PM CDT
Bottles of Mt. Shasta Brewing Co. beer, with the logo "Try Legal Weed" on the caps are seen in a market in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, on April 23, 2008.    (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

(Newser) – The feds are cracking down on a small brewer in Weed, Calif., because they're very much unamused by the slogan on his bottle caps: "Try Legal Weed." A bureau of the Treasury Department says the phrase not only alludes to marijuana but misleads consumers about the ingredients of Weed Ales, reports the Los Angeles Times. The 61-year old brewer faces big fines and sanctions but isn't budging.

"This is ludicrous, bizarre, like meeting Big Brother face-to-face," said Vaune Dillmann, who says he's gotten more than a thousand letters, e-mails, and phone calls of support. He's also enlisted the help of his local congressman and Senator Barbara Boxer, who are trying to press regulators to lighten up.