Man fights for beer bottle pledge

Nov. 23, 2010 at 5:05 PM

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles man said he is fighting the United States government to allow his Oklahoma company to print the Pledge of Allegiance on bottles of its beer.

Don Sessions, 75, founder of the Oklahoma City-based Ol'Glory energy drink company, said he is expanding his business into Ol'Glory beer but he has run into a hurdle with the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, which told him a federal statute prohibits use of images and statements related to the U.S. flag, The Oklahoman reported Tuesday.

Robert Lehrman, an attorney representing Sessions and the Cold Spring Brewing Co., which makes the beer for Sessions' company, said he filed an appeal with the bureau Friday and is prepared to take the case to court on First Amendment grounds.

"There shouldn't be a patriotic test," the lawyer said.

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