Anti-Vladimir Putin beer launched to support gay rights at Sochi Winter Olympics

Anti-Vladimir Putin beer launched to support gay rights at Sochi Winter Olympics, February 4, 2014
by Paul McMillan
Anti-Putin beer launched to support gay rights at Sochi

He’s the strongman of the world stage who does not mind the odd bare-chested photo of himself.

But Russian president Vladimir Putin has been taken to task – or cask – over his anti-gay stance ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Scottish beer maker BrewDog has produced what is believed to be the world’s first ‘protest beer’.

The drink, labelled Hello My Name Is Vladimir, comes in a bottle featuring five garish Warhol-style images of the former KGB officer.

In another twist, the brewery has made the 8.2 per cent strength IPA with Limonik berries – considered by some Russian hunters to enhance sexual performance in men.

BrewDog co-founder James Watt posed shirtless on a horse to mock the notoriously macho Putin, who has been slammed for his homophobic legislation.


Anti-Vladimir Putin beer launched to support gay rights at Sochi Winter Olympics

‘It’s been our mission at BrewDog to upend the status quo in whatever form it occurs,’ he said.

‘Whether it’s the stranglehold the mega brewers have had on beer production in Europe over the last 50 years, or in the case of Russia, the sick legislation that discriminates against millions of its citizens.’

BrewDog will be donating 50 per cent of profits from the beer, which costs £2.89 per bottle, to charities which help oppressed minorities.

Mr Watt added: ‘We sincerely hope that when Vladimir Putin is tired from a busy day riding horses with his top off, grappling with burly men on the Judo mat or fishing in his Speedos, he reclines on a velvet chaise longue and has one of his handsome helpers wet his whistle with a glass of Hello My Name Is Vladimir.

‘As Hello My Name Is Vladimir is clearly marked “not for gays” we should bypass the legislation introduced by Putin outlawing supposed “homosexual propaganda”, so Vlad shouldn’t have an issue with it.

‘He might even invite us to ride bareback with him in the Siberian mountains.’

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