The topic of “Kali-Ma” beer was reportedly raised in the upper house of India’s Parliament on May 15 with demand of immediate summoning of US ambassador. According to reports, it was stated in Rajya Sabha in India’s capital New Delhi on this issue that the religious feelings of Hindus were being hurt. Is there no manufacturing code there, it was said.
In an announcement published on their Facebook page on May 11, the Company wrote: In response to pleas from the Hindu community we have decided to postpone the limited release of "Kali-ma" our imperial wheat ale flavored with Indian spices and Scotch-Bonnet peppers…to anyone we have offended we sincerely apologize.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who spearheaded the protest, calling identifying of the beer with Goddess Kali as “inappropriate,” has thanked and commended the Portland-based Burnside Brewing Company for having an understanding for the hurt feelings of Hindu community and for showing responsibility, respect and maturity by taking quick action in apologizing, postponing the release and renaming it. It was a step in the right direction, he added in a statement.
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