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After ‘raging’ legal fight over name, Md. brewery starts free speech group

 In this April 13, 2016 photo, Flying Dog Brewery CEO Jim Caruso, left, and brewmaster and COO Matt Brophy pose with two of the more than 40 beers they produce in Frederick, Md.(Dan Gross/The Frederick News-Post via AP)

In this April 13, 2016 photo, Flying Dog Brewery CEO Jim Caruso, left, and brewmaster and COO Matt Brophy pose with two of the more than 40 beers they produce in Frederick, Md.(Dan Gross/The Frederick News-Post via AP)

FREDERICK — A brewery in Frederick is using the money it was awarded in a legal battle to establish an organization that supports First Amendment rights.

Flying Dog Brewery executive director Erin Weston says the company has created the 1st Amendment Society to advocate for free speech and fight censorship.

Last march, the brewery won a six-year legal battle with the Michigan Liquor Control Commission after the commission rejected the company’s “Raging Bitch” IPA name and label.

The commission reversed its initial decision in 2011 and approved the label, but Weston says the company continued the legal fight in order to set a precedent.

The 1st Amendment Society will officially launch May 31 in Washington. The launch coincides with SAVOR, a weeklong beer and food event.