A 15-year-old copyright battle over the sale of Homer Simpson's favourite brew Duff Beer has reignited in Australia, with 20th Century Fox taking legal action to stop a local wholesaler from selling the famous drop. And in a twist that would make prohibitionist Simpsons Treasury official Rex Banner proud, thousands of litres of the beer are being returned in order to be destroyed.

The latest legal imbroglio first began in February, when Fox and international law firm Baker & McKenzie sent out letters to bottleshops asking them to cease and desist retail of the ale. That missive was followed up recently by a fresh letter sent out by Perth-based Allstates Liquor Wholesalers, suppliers of the beer, requesting that their customers stop selling the beer, return it to Allstates and take down any advertising material related to Duff.