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Kona Beer's Name Causes Something Of A Brouhaha

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Kona Beer's Name Causes Something Of A Brouhaha

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Kona Beer's Name Causes Something Of A Brouhaha

Kona Beer's Name Causes Something Of A Brouhaha

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A class-action lawsuit accuses Kona Brewing of creating the impression that all of its beer is brewed in Hawaii. The company says its labels are clear.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Years ago, I lived in Hoboken, N.J., and discovered Hoboken Beer, which according to the label was brewed in Connecticut. Similar confusion has engulfed the Kona Brewing Company. A class action lawsuit accuses the brewer of creating the impression Kona is brewed in Hawaii. The company says its labels are clear. Kona beer is made in Hawaii for Hawaiians. Although labels show if you buy it elsewhere, Hawaii's pride is made in Oregon or Tennessee. It's MORNING EDITION.

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Correction March 8, 2017

A previous version of the headline stated that despite the name, Kona Brewing isn't in Hawaii. While not all of Kona's beer is brewed in Hawaii, the company notes that its flagship brewhouse is in Kailua-Kona on Hawaii's Big Island.