Idaho Bans 'Five Wives' Vodka

May 29, 2012

A Utah micro-distillery can't sell its latest vodka in the state of Idaho. 

The Huffington Post reports the Idaho State Liquor Division banned Five Wives Vodka because the name is offensive.

Here's more from HuffPo:

"We feel Five Wives Vodka concept is offensive to a prominent segment of our population and will not be carried," Howard Wasserstein, deputy director of the Liquor Division, explained in a letter to distributor Elite Spirits of Boise. Steve Conlin, partner and vice president of marketing at Ogden's Own Distillery, the producer of Five Wives Vodka, found the Liquor Division decision to be "extremely misguided" if based on religious concern. "We can only presume he means Mormons," Conlin says in a press release emailed to The Huffington Post, "Though that makes little sense as they allow Polygamy Porter from Wasatch Beers of Utah to be sold. We're a little dumbfounded by it all."  - Huffington Post

A little more than a quarter of Idaho's population are members of The Church of Latter-Day Saints, Huffington Post reports. 

"The micro-distillery, which is based in Utah, claims that its label "pays homage to the early travelers to the West." Owner Tim Smith told the Salt Lake Tribune that he focused on Ogden's "dark history" when naming the spirit. Apparently, the first pioneer wagon contained 66 men and five women." - Huffington Post

What do you think about the Idaho State Liquor Division's decision? Is 'Five Wives' offensive?