Sexist Beer Names/Labels

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by mfunk9786, Feb 27, 2015.

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  1. mfunk9786

    mfunk9786 Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2007 Pennsylvania

    So I know there'll be a contingent here who'll dismiss this out of hand, but in perusing the website for the new-ish Village Idiot Brewing in Mount Holly, NJ, I saw that one of their house beers is the "Thong Remover Tripel." Aside from being an awkward mouthful, the name struck me as just one in quite a few sexist and even rape-y beer names and labels from the more clueless/antisocial/whatever craft breweries out there over the last few years, largely newer ones. Be it the needlessly vulgar name of DuClaw's Bare Ass Blonde or the unfortunate and hilariously amateurish label for Prism's RedZone, not to mention the much talked about Clown Shoes Tramp Stamp, there seems to be, among some upstart craft brewers (and usually ones that aren't exactly doing anything exceedingly well, for the record - I definitely can see a correlation there), a problem with comprehending that women drink craft beer too. And while BMC does a lot of stuff wrong, particularly in some of their advertising, they don't call Bud Light Lime "Twat Grabber" or something,.. there's a level of decorum that's just common sense for most people.

    What are some of the best examples you can think of when it comes to this corny (at best), ignorant and malicious (at worst) trend?

    Oh, and I'm just gonna skip Village Idiot. No one who names their beers Thong Remover and Teddy Hopper is doing anything worthwhile when it comes to their actual product. Call it a hunch.
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  2. mfunk9786

    mfunk9786 Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2007 Pennsylvania

  3. mfunk9786

    mfunk9786 Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2007 Pennsylvania

    This is the Prism label I was referring too. Presumably made by someone's nephew who "knows how to use computers"

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  4. RyanK252

    RyanK252 Poo-Bah (4,456) May 18, 2014 California
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    The beer behind the label was just as bad. I was at a pool hall where they sold it as "Stripper Ass" as a novelty just to get rid of it.
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  5. WillemHC

    WillemHC Initiate (154) Jun 21, 2013 Utah

    I dunno if you're being snark but this is a boring response, and the thread offers a perspective that certainly is worth considering. One if the things Ive observed is that, whether or not only non-white males drink craft beer, the majority of people that work in craft beer are white males. I would argue that the fact that mostly white males work in the industry means that there will inherently be garbage sexist (and potentially racist..) crap that comes out of the industry. I personally think it is grotesque, and Id happily take a less passive stance on the matter. With that in mind, I'd like to thank the OP for creating this thread. I will happily boycott the breweries with sexist brand names. I think as an industry we can move beyond naming things like "thong remover tripel.."
  6. SensorySupernova

    SensorySupernova Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2014 California

    On the plus side, if it's called Thong Remover Tripel, and the brewer is referring to removing a woman's thong, then that implies that they think women drink it. Progress!

    By the way, don't look up Belching Beaver Brewing.
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  7. SackBlabbath

    SackBlabbath Initiate (0) Nov 28, 2014 Kentucky

    Just trolling for a laugh :slight_smile: Although i never got sexist vibes from Clown Shoes Tramp Stamp, i think it's more poking fun at the trashiness of those tattoos, which aren't something men wear. Doesn't make it sexist to me, maybe to you. Unless now we're not allowed to make any jokes having to do with women, directly or indirectly.
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  8. olradetbalder

    olradetbalder Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2011 Sweden

    Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus
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  9. josmickam

    josmickam Initiate (0) Apr 19, 2013 Georgia

    From a designer/artist's view, Allagash has the sexiest labels.
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  10. SackBlabbath

    SackBlabbath Initiate (0) Nov 28, 2014 Kentucky

    Activating flares, manning rear-mounted MG's.
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  11. SackBlabbath

    SackBlabbath Initiate (0) Nov 28, 2014 Kentucky

    Offer OP a bottle and watch his head explode.
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  12. humuloner22

    humuloner22 Initiate (0) Feb 7, 2013 North Carolina

  13. BowWowWowYippyYoIPA

    BowWowWowYippyYoIPA Initiate (0) Dec 30, 2014 California

    Are you sure this thread wasn't meant to be called sexiest beer names/labels? Me-ow! :sunglasses:
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  14. SackBlabbath

    SackBlabbath Initiate (0) Nov 28, 2014 Kentucky

    Oh behave!
  15. hopnado

    hopnado Devotee (417) Aug 13, 2014 Michigan

    So it's not okay to have cans on my cans? F U
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  16. Akerstache

    Akerstache Initiate (0) Feb 20, 2015 Germany

    So.. this thread got kinky quick.

    Stupid puns aside, not sure what I'm supposed to think about that. I mean, if I would actually find out that the brewers are in fact sexist/racist/xenpohibic sh**heads invested in spreading that - I wouldn't buy their stuff. If we're talking about labels I'd say this is on a different level than doxing, catcalling, shaming someone for their sexuality and various other issues of systemic inequality. Can't say I've ever seen too much stuff like that with European breweries apart from Cantillon's Rose de Gambrinus (which, honestly - not my favorite label) and Camba's Love Beer (which looks more like a psyched out 60s cover).

    I'd also go as far as saying that people designing those labels (and involved in the decision process) probably think you'll just get tons of people's attentions by having "unconventional" labels. Like 5.0 cans have this "cult following" because it's called "5.0" and has no ads.
  17. rozzom

    rozzom Meyvn (1,059) Jan 22, 2011 New York

    Just to play devils advocate - can a guy not wear a thong? Or is there a female-specific label/tap handle?

    Also in light of the topic I was expecting something a lot different from the red zone beer.

    Finally - another Cantillon beer to throw in there - Fou Foune. But then nobody would talk smack about Cantillon....
  18. Akerstache

    Akerstache Initiate (0) Feb 20, 2015 Germany

    Bringing back all those Haselhoff memories..

    While I'm not sure what's on the label all I can make out is something that looks like part of a landscape on the moon and an aprociot in the sky.
  19. rozzom

    rozzom Meyvn (1,059) Jan 22, 2011 New York


    And re: fou foune - yeah just referring to the name here
  20. Akerstache

    Akerstache Initiate (0) Feb 20, 2015 Germany

    That name has a specific meaning? I just thought it was the nickname of some French apricot grower.
  21. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,999) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    "You put a greased naked woman on all fours with a dog collar around her neck, and a leash, and a man's arm extended out up to here, holding onto the leash, and pushing a black glove in her face to sniff it. You don't find that offensive? You don't find that sexist? "
  22. Kaz_DemonKnight

    Kaz_DemonKnight Initiate (0) Jul 8, 2014 Illinois

    I don't get offended by sexist beer labels, but it doesn't mean I agree with it. I think vert few people could relate to that becuase I feel like a lot of people see things black and white. Three Floyd's is my favorite brewery, and they have a beer called "Big Tiddy Assassin." Im not offended by this one bit, but it's not something I would name a beer. And the people that are offended by it, you all know damn well that you guys are still going to drink a Zombie Dust or perhaps even that beer. Why, because Three Floyd's makes world class amazing beer. And nothing is going to keep me from enjoying an amazing beer or brewery. And I support that kind of artistry.
  23. Akerstache

    Akerstache Initiate (0) Feb 20, 2015 Germany

    As I already implied above, I think it depends. Like, is the brewery or are their employees intentionally being sexist? Or are they the kind of people that think we live in this great Utopia where equality has been achieved, sexism is a thing of the 60s and "there has never been a history of racial tensions here"? Or did they just go for something "extreme" for hilarity/popularity/whackiness' sake? If the former are the case, I don't want to support these breweries or at least not support them to a greater extent. To me it's the same thing with musicians, there may be musicians who are putting out or have put out really good music but I wouldn't want to support them. That ranges from Metallica to Dave Mustaine to Varg Vikernes (or if we're going to take a 'hip' and 'modern' example Chris Brown, although I think his music is trash, too).
  24. jonb5

    jonb5 Meyvn (1,244) May 11, 2010 England

    Keesmann Herren Pils.

    I've often wondered what the PC brigade in England would make of that particular beer title.
  25. Torch_Lake

    Torch_Lake Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2013 Ohio

    I think intent and context matter here, and that gets pretty subjective. Overall, much of the craft beer community embraces a detached irony of sorts, and I believe a brewery like Clown Shoes doesn't mean to objectify women; they just love to wallow in the ridiculous.

    Obviously some of the labels posted above are not in that spirit, and those can be a little more problematic to me, not to mention just sad and pathetic attempts at "sexy."

    Unlike other cultural movements, such as a particular music scene, there's no ethos holding together craft beer drinkers. Most of the people with whom I drink are educated, liberal and sympathetic to issues like this. But those labels don't apply to all of us, nor should they. Drink what feels right, and follow your conscience.
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  26. Testosterownd

    Testosterownd Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2014 Michigan

    I would say the sexiest name is Goodnight Bodacious by Shorts Brew.
  27. Torch_Lake

    Torch_Lake Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2013 Ohio

    Goodnight Bodacious is named after a famous bull.
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