SALEM, Va. – A Virginia brewery has apologized for a beer that shares its name with a Hindu deity.
Olde Salem Brewing Company said in a statement to WSLS-TV that it was making a musical reference when it named its Spanish milk stout "Hanuman." The brewery says it was unaware of the religious connotation, and would work to find a solution.
Universal Society of Hinduism President Rajan Zed had drawn attention to the name, saying linking alcohol with Lord Hanuman was disrespectful.
As a central character in the Ramayana epic, Hanuman is known for his strength and appearance as a monkey.
Olde Salem's website says the stout is meant to evoke "flamenco on the radio." The Mexican flamenco fusion duo Rodrigo y Gabriela has a song called "Hanuman" that's dedicated to Carlos Santana.