Name Of SD Ale Upsets American Indian Activist
by Associated Press
November 11, 2013 6:02 AM
A Spearfish brewing company plans to change the name of a seasonal brew next year after complaints by an American Indian activist.
The Crow Peak Brewing Company's seasonal brew is called Bear Butte Nut Brown Ale. United Urban Warrior Society President James Magaska Swan says Bear Butte in western South Dakota is a sacred place to the Lakota and the Cheyenne. He doesn't like that alcohol is being associated with it.
Brewing company co-owner Josh Fritz said that a lot of the company's beers are named after geographical sites in the Black Hills. He says he had no ill intent when he named the beer - but he plans to give it a new name next year.