Given the weirdness of the name and the goofiness of the press release, I am unsure if this is an early April Fools joke, but in the interest of passing along the knowledge (and I found it amusing), see below. And hopefully I didn’t get punk’d.
Feb 28, 2012, 07:46PM CDT
MANDEVILLE (AP) – In what is sure to be the biggest shake-up in the Craft Beer World since it was discovered that “hops” actually referred to a plant used in brewing and not what most NBA players have lots of, the formerly well known and established (on paper at least) Mandeville, LA based Pelican Brewing Company, has been renamed and is now known as the Chafunkta Brewing Company. Rumor has it that multiple lawyers (strangely all from Mandeville) were involved, and that Josh & Jamie Erickson, the proud owners of Chafunkta Brewing Company, had no other choice but to make the name change (word is that Mr. Erickson has little to no tolerance for overpriced lawyers taking craft beer money away from craft beer brewers).When asked about it, Mr. Erickson said “How can I possibly in good conscience allow money which could be spent on grains, hops, and yeast, instead go towards paying for rounds of golf where herds of lawyers spend hours drinking countless “XXX-Light” beers and continuously wondering when the taste will come?”.
Truth be told, inside sources have confirmed that it really wasn’t lawyers that prompted the name change, but instead it was simply that Mr. Erickson wished to avoid any confusion of his tasty brews with those brewed by a well-known similarly named Brewpub out on the West Coast, but only Mr. Erickson and the one upstairs knows the truth about that (rumor also has it that his wife lives upstairs).
Regardless, what we can all look forward to with this late-breaking news is that there should no longer be any confusion on the age old question, “Which Pelican Brewery is this beer from again?”. And that alone is the only reason one should need to raise a pint and toast the newly formed Chafunkta Brewing Company! So cheers to them, and cheers to all of you craft beer fans for your continued support of craft beer and their breweries, no matter what they’re called!
-Associated Press (aka Josh & Jamie Erickson, proud owners of the Chafunkta Brewing Company)