Skull Splitter complaint gives brewer a headache

22 September, 2008

Orkney Brewery is facing potential action from drinks industry watchdog the Portman Group over its Skull Splitter beer.

The 8.5% abv product, once named champion winter ale of Britain, is named after a former Viking earl of Orkney called Thorfinn Einarsson – commonly known as Hausakluif, or “Skull Splitter”.

Portman has received a complaint about the naming of the beer because it is deemed to be too violent.

The group’s Independent Complaints Panel will meet later in the year and decide whether to uphold the complaint and potentially ban the beer from shops. Sinclair Breweries, which owns the Orkney Brewery, said it was “stunned” by the complaint and would be defending itself vigorously.




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