Idaho Brewery Gets Political With 'Little Bitch Otter' Beer

May 16, 2014

Credit Courtesy Crooked Fence Brewery

An Idaho brewery is wading into political commentary with a new beer dubbed "Little Bitch Otter," which appears to take a shot at Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter.

The logo, made by Crooked Fence Brewing co-owner and marketing director Kelly Knopp, features an otter wearing a tie and cowboy hat.

"Anyone that is going to try to take away freedoms or not let someone be equal, Crooked Fence is against," says Knopp.

Knopp wouldn't be more specific on why their political cartoon appears to put Gov. Otter in the cross hairs, although the timing seems deliberate.

On Tuesday, a federal judge overturned Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage. Almost immediately, Gov. Otter filed a request to stop the ruling from taking effect and began an appeals process. The judge's ruling is temporarily halted, preventing same-sex marriage licenses from being issued.

Gov. Otter is facing a primary election on Tuesday.

"This is our way of nudging the issue and not being afraid to lose a few customers," says Knopp. "Let folks interpret [this] how they want to."

Gov. Otter's staff didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Knopp says the brewery hasn't heard from anyone who works for the governor. Knopp doesn't seem concerned about any legal issues.

"If they feel like it’s offensive we will deal with that when it arises," Knopp says.

The beer, an India brown ale, is being brewed and should be available on draft within the next two weeks. Knopp says they've already had requests from other establishments to buy a keg or two.

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