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Brewery to rename Gandhi-Bot beer after complaints

Gandhi-Bot beer from New England Brewing | www.bauista.com

HARTFORD, Conn. — A Connecticut brewery says it will no longer use the name and likeness of Mohandas Gandhi on one of its beers after complaints that the marketing was offensive.

New England Brewing Co.‘s India pale ale is called Gandhi-Bot. It has a label with a cartoon image depicting a robot version of the late Indian leader. The Woodbridge-based company apologized earlier this month to anyone who found it insensitive.

In a statement Friday, the brewery said it decided to rebrand the beer after meetings with Indian-American business owners, temple leaders and state officials including Glastonbury state Rep. Prasad Srinivasan. It said the beer itself will remain the same.

The statement was posted on Srinivasan’s website.

The head brewer did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.