The Wedge Brewing Company out of Asheville has a little message for North Carolina lawmakers in regard to its controversial anti-LGBT bathroom law that forbids public schools from allowing transgender students to use the correct bathroom, for which it is currently being sued by the U.S. Justice Department for violating the Civil Rights Act. And that message is currently printed on the bottom of its Iron Rail IPA cans.
HB2 is the name of the anti-trans bathroom bill that has been a source of economic backlash for North Carolina businesses since the bill became law in March. Asheville in particular (one of the most politically progressive areas in the state) has been hit hard by the anti-LGBT bathroom law, with tourism losses reported at almost $2 million. With those sorts of numbers (and the blatant discrimination toward transgender students of North Carolina, of course) it’s no wonder that the local businesses are hitting back. What better kind of business to send a message than a brewery?