Texas exorcises ban on La. beer named for voodoo


AUSTIN, Texas -- The great voodoo brouhaha is over.

State regulators, who put a hex on sales of Dixie Blackened Voodoo Lager in Texas, have rescinded their ban on the Louisiana-made dark beer.

"Our legal counsel advised us that it is not in good taste and probably not necessarily in good public policy -- but there's nothing legally he feels we can do to turn it down," said Randall Yarbrough, assistant administrator of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

The commission called Dixie Brewing Co. in New Orleans Wednesday, "telling them [to] ship it into Texas," Mr. Yarbrough said yesterday.

"I am happy our Texas neighbors will have the opportunity to enjoy our bewitching brew," said Kendra Bruno, a spokeswoman for Dixie Brewing.

Texas regulators, spooked by the reference to voodoo on the label, had banned the beer after concluding that it conjured up witchcraft.

The matter came to a head last week when the Louisiana House voted to retaliate by urging its alcoholic beverage commission to outlaw sales of Lone Star beer.

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