You can now order 'The F Word' beer at Missouri brewery

December 31, 2013 3:49:23 AM PST
You can now order 'The F Word' from a small Missouri brewery after its owner received a cease and desist letter from Starbucks.

The brewery had sold a beer called 'Frappicino,' which is similar to Starbucks' 'Frappucino.' When word got to the coffee giant, they sent brewery owner Jeff Britton a letter.

"When I got the letter, I had to laugh," Britton told TV station KSDK.

The letter reads, in part, "As you probably know, Starbucks Coffee is the owner of a number of trademarks, including the well-known Frappucino trademark."

Britton, who says he does understand Starbucks' position, wrote a very sarcastic letter back, ensuring that he'd change the name of his beer to 'The F Word' as to not violate any copyright laws.

He added in the letter, "We never thought that our beer-drinking customers would have thought that the alcoholic beverage coming out of the tap would have actually been coffee from one of the many, many, many stores located a few blocks away."

He also included a check for $6, which is how much he said he would have made from the three people who say they drank 'Frappicino' beer.

When asked for comment, Starbucks told KSDK, "this was a respectful request asking Exit 6 Pub and Brewery to refrain from using the term 'Frappiccino,' which differs by only one letter from our 'Frappuccino' product. Like many businesses, trademark law requires companies to consistently protect their brand. We appreciate Exit 6 Pub and Brewery respecting our request to stop using the term 'Frappicccino' to avoid any confusion among customers."

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