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Distributor accused of selling out-of-date stock as fresh.

Distributor accused of selling out-of-date stock as fresh

The sole distributor of Stroh's beer in Denver has allegedly disguised old beer as fresh brew in an apparent attempt to sell off a large out-of-date stock of the beverage, a Denver newspaper has charged.

Employees of Murray Distributing Co. apparently stamped an official-looking but nonsensical sequence of letters and numbers on the cardboard cartons of beer, obliterating the brewery-stamped freshness date, The Denver Post said in a copyright story Sunday.

At one store, The Post found two 12-packs of Stroh's Light that should have been pulled from the shelves May 5, the paper said, adding that the beer was so old it was in an older style can that is not sold.

The consumer protection division of the Colorado attorney general's office reviewed the matter after hearing The Post's report.

Last week, the Colorado Department of Revenue revoked the companies liquor licenses after it found the company had stamped full-strength Pabst beer as 3.2 percent beer and stocked it into four Cub Foods stores. Grocery stores in Colorado cannot legally sell any beverage with an alcohol content higher than 3.2 percent.

Murray company President Paul V. Murray Jr. admitted he ordered the labeling switch.

Dave Burlage, one of Murray's attorneys, stressed then that Murray's action in disguising the strong beer as 3.2 beer was an isolated incident and that his client was an honest businessman.
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Title Annotation:Murray Distributing Co., Stroh's beer
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Dec 18, 1989
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