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Talk brewing over Asheville's Shiva beer

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Shiva IPA made at Asheville Brewing Company (FOX Carolina/ Dec. 3, 2013) Shiva IPA made at Asheville Brewing Company (FOX Carolina/ Dec. 3, 2013)
ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

There's talk of sacrilege brewing around the beer Shiva India Pale Ale.

"I've had Shiva IPA. It's delicious. I really like it," Galen Marshall-Clark said.

On Tuesday, she said she didn't mind having a glass of wine or beer every now and then at dinner, especially if its Shiva from Asheville Brewing Company.

"It's a good brewery and a good beer," Marshall-Clark said.

But Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism in Nevada, doesn't think so.

"Shiva is highly revered in Hinduism," Zed said.

He said Lord Shiva, a Hindu God, is meant to be worshipped and shouldn't be plastered on cans and bottles if beer.

"Once you use the can or the bottle, then you throw it in the garbage - that is highly unacceptable," Zed said.

Now he wants managers with the Asheville Brewing Company to change the name and to remove the image of Shiva from the beer.

"To offend anybody or hurt anybody is definitely not in our daily plan," Mike Rangel said.

He's the president of Asheville Brewing Company.

"We tried to come up with a name that was an embodiment of strength and power. It's a stronger beer," Rangel said.

He said Shiva is the company's no. 1 seller and the beer has received national recognition in Time magazine.

"We definitely felt like we've done our diligence with our local community, and we've had two complaints in 16 years," Rangel said.

Rangel said he met with several representatives from a Hindu temple in Canton, NC, about the name of the beer. He said during the meeting they came to a respectful agreement about the Shiva image.

Rangel said he works hard to respect the Asheville community and said Zed hasn't contacted him directly about the beer.

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