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Red Stripe Gets Sued

August 5, 2015 – What took them so long? Red Stripe was on our list of beers from elsewhere brewed in the good old U.S. of A. But not to worry, the fearless legal profession in San Diego, home of lawsuits against the alcohol industry, has now filed a suit in federal court against Diageo, owners of Red Stripe.

The suit alleges that the company willfully misleads customer into thinking Red Strip is brewed in Jamaica. They use phrases such as “Jamaican Style Larger” and the squat brown bottle says it contains the “taste of Jamaica”. It also costs more than domestic beers. The label says it is brewed and bottled by Red Stripe Beer Company, Latrobe, PA but the plaintiffs say it is hard to read. Diageo moved production to the U.S. in 2012 from Kingston, Jamaica.

Anheuser-Busch recently settled similar suits against Beck’s and Kirin so Red Stripe drinkers may have teeny, tiny refunds in their future and the company will change its packaging to be a tad more honest. And the lawyers? They’ll get rich.