Seattle brewery stamps beer cans ‘ACAB’ to show hatred for cops


A Seattle-based brewery deeply hates law enforcement officers. They demonstrated that hate by printing “ACAB” on the bottom of its beer cans this summer. It stands for “All Cops Are Bastards,” and they added, “MEANS ALL COPS.”

ACAB has become a prominent rallying call for anti-police rioters since the death of George Floyd in the custody of the Minneapolis police in May. That includes antifa, Black Lives Matter, and their subsidiaries.


Mirage Beer Co. released a beer called “Choosey Lover” in June. It had the words “ACAB MEANS ALL COPS” stamped on the bottom of its cans, KIRO reported.

“I used the markings because I stand against institutional racism, of which modern policing is a militarized arm,” Mirage’s owner Michael Dempster told KIRO in a text message.

This man is misinformed and you can thank the media for all this hate.

Dempster set off both the left and right.

“I’ve never seen or tasted a Mirage beer, and now never will,” @PollackJaxon tweeted.

Some attacked the store that carries the beer, but this is far-far-left Seattle with a Lenin statue in the square.

Statue of Lenin in hard-left Seattle.

Dylan Ziegler, manager of Chuck’s Hop Shop, told KIRO that he recommended Mirage beers to his customers on a regular basis.

The store manager said he doesn’t have a problem with the message that Mirage printed on the bottom of its June batch’s cans, KIRO reported.

“I don’t think it hurt his sales at all. I believe that his message is right and I think that uh, I’m proud of him for taking a stand, honestly,” Ziegler said.

Different Story in Pennsylvania

Jon Defibaugh

While politicizing adult beverages might work in Seattle, a brewer in Philadelphia learned the hard way in June that some people want to just buy beer without any political opinions, the Philly Voice reported.

The publication Breweries in Pennsylvania inadvertently outed the head brewer at Evil Genius Beer Co. in Fishtown in June after he posted a series of social media posts that featured him in an ACAB shirt and advocated violence against police officers.

“Violence is the only message thugs are able to hear,” head brewer Jon Defibaugh posted, according to Breweries in Pennsylvania. “If they could listen to reason, they wouldn’t become cops. Destroy all systems of control. All cops are bastards. It has been this way for as long as any of us can remember. The time for change is now. This is our country, let’s take control of it. By any means necessary.”

The post captioned a photo of Defibaugh wearing an ACAB shirt and giving the middle finger, the Philly Voice reported.

Social media blowback was so intense that the brewery had to shut down all of its social media pages temporarily.

Defibaugh apologized to save his job and deleted the tweet. He said he wrote it out of anger. It didn’t work.

They don’t believe in violence allegedly:

Then Evil Genius posted an open letter that said they had terminated Defibaugh for posting something that ran contrary to the brewery’s values, the Philly Voice reported.

“We do not believe in hatred, inequality or violence,” the brewery wrote. “We firmly believe in everyone’s right to be treated equally and fairly; everyone’s right to not live in fear; and everyone’s right to peacefully pursue their own happiness. Those values are paramount to our business. We will not stand by and allow anyone who acts contrary to our values to publicly represent our brand — not now and not ever.”

Defibaugh has been head brewer at Evil Genius since 2015.

Evil Genius has also posted support for peaceful Black Lives Matter protests, the Philly Voice reported.

Defibaugh appears to be working as a building manager for St. Joseph’s Landing.

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