Portland Beer Irks India Parliament

Naming a Portland beer after a Hindu goddess was apparently not appreciated by some Hindu members in India’s Parliament this week who summoned the U.S. ambassador after hearing about the special brew.

“Kali-Ma” beer was scheduled to be launched today (May 15) by Portland-based Burnside Brewing Company, but was then canceled after the Hindu protest. The company has apologized and will rename the beer and change its label. The brew is imperial wheat ale flavored with Indian spices and Scotch-Bonnet peppers.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who spearheaded the protest, called identifying of the beer with Goddess Kali “inappropriate,” but has thanked and commended the company for showing responsibility, respect and maturity by taking quick action and for having an understanding for the hurt feelings of Hindu community. It was a step in the right direction, he said, according to Burnside’s Facebook page.