'Little Bitch Otter' Beer Maker To Give Some Proceeds To Gay Rights Groups

May 28, 2014

Crooked Fence Brewing's Kelly Knopp created this image for its beer label.
Credit Courtesy Crooked Fence Brewery

The brewery we told you about two weeks ago that's fermenting a batch of political commentary plans to give a portion of its proceeds from "Little Bitch Otter" beer to gay rights groups.

Crooked Fence Brewing, the Garden City beer maker, and tap room Pre-Funk, have teamed up for a launch event. According to its Facebook event, Pre-Funk and Crooked Fence on Thursday will give 10 percent of its proceeds from "Little Bitch Otter" beer, and beer-label swag, to "organizations working towards equality in Idaho."

Brewing co-owner and marketing director Kelly Knopp says a portion of Thursday's sales will go directly to Add the Words Idaho, and the Pride Foundation.

Add the Words Idaho co-chairperson Mistie Tolman says her organization is an all-volunteer group working to add "sexual orientation and gender identity" to the state's human rights act. "We decided to put those proceeds to good use, to further equality in the state," says Tolman. "We’ll keep working hard to try and achieve equality."

The name of the brew and its corresponding label featuring an otter wearing a tie and cowboy hat seem to take a direct shot at Idaho's Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter.

"Anyone that is going to try to take away freedoms or not let someone be equal, Crooked Fence is against," Knopp told KBSX earlier this month.

"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." - KBSX

The beer announcement also came just days before Gov. Otter's primary election, which he won.

Giving a portion of its sales to two LGBT-focused organizations, solidifies Crooked Fence and Pre Funk's political message.

Knopp says he hasn't heard from Gov. Otter's office about their political product. The governor's office hasn't responded to our request for comment.

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