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No longer can the gay community complain that there’s no beer specifically marketed to them. A Minerva micro-brewery claims its Artisan Honey-Ales: The Purple Hand Beer and Salamandra, will appeal to those sections of society commonly ignored by large heteronormative multi-national brewers.

‘We’re out in the market with great respect with the idea of offering a product directed to the gay-lesbian community that has been ignored for too long but is important and very demanding,’ Dario Rodriguez Wyler, from distributors Bodega 12, told the Efe news agency.

Both beers have labels that can be removed and which the brewery hopes drinkers will wear as ’symbols of pride.’ The Purple Hand Beer recalls gay rights protests in San Francisco during 1969.

The beer is available in bars and restaurants in Mexico, Japan and Columbia. The brewery now hopes to create a strawberry-flavoured beer, a wine brand and, eventually, a bar.

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