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Idaho Bans Polygamy-Themed Vodka

Utah's "Five Wives" brand is banned in Idaho, possibly for fear of offending Mormons.

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By Bryan Le

05/31/12

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"Five Wives" vodka gets big love in Utah, but no love in Idaho—it has been banned by Idaho's state liquor board, presumably for fear of offending Mormons. "We feel Five Wives Vodka concept is offensive to a prominent segment of our population and will not be carried," an Idaho official explains. "We can only presume he means Mormons," says Steve Conlin, VP of Ogden's Own Distillery, which bottles Five Wives. "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." For the uninitiated, Polygamy Porter is a beer with such tag lines as “Why just have one?” and “Bring some home for the wives.” The Salt Lake City Tribune suggested that the cause for the ban may have been the images of "19th century women in petticoats holding kittens near their lady parts." Conlin shot back, "but they have a Hooters [Restaurant] in Boise!” He claims that "Five Wives" title actually has nothing to do with polygamy, and in fact commemorates the first wagon train of 66 men and five women to roll through Utah. Either way, the distillery is still making money off its label in Idaho by selling “Free the Five Wives” t-shirts, which Conlin reports are flying off the racks.

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