Brewdog says no to Gay-Bashers

Words by Billie Jenkins

Unsure how you’re going to fill the time you would have spent watching the Winter Olympics before they decided to host it in a country where their chosen leader states that the gay community “can feel at ease here, just leave kids alone, please”? Brewdog has the perfect solution. Their ’Hello, my name is Vladimir’ beer, with ’not for gays’ printed in small text across the bottom makes a bold statement. On the back further reassurance is given to the drinker modern heterosexual values are guaranteed, “Drinking me gives you energy, ignorance and dogmatism required to shoot a deer (with your top off) and pass internationally denounced, discriminatory legislation (top optional) before you’ve even had your caviar breakfast.” Over-looking the obvious commercial benefits of releasing such a beer in the current anti-Sochi climate,  Brewdog have made a perfect, punchy protest step. To recognise the ridiculous nature of Russia’s government (’I am one hundred percent hetero, and will pass laws to prove it’), and to show them up as the views of silly boys gives the right message both sides of the border. Although the beer, and the cases sent to Putin himself may do very little to affect the President it adds another voice to an increasingly loud opposition. Furthermore, to mock the views he spreads will serve to drive homophobia further underground on our shores, out of the mainstream into the front rooms of the sad and outdated, leaving the best pubs like Brewdog free for the nice people to play in.

’Hello, my name is Vladimir’, 8.2%. £2.89 – available at

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