Imagine the merriment at your corner coffee shop as new mothers roll in with strollers, their toddlers happily waving tiny look-alike bottles of Bud and Miller Lite. Ha. Ha.
Anheuser-Busch didn’t see the humor either. The King of Beers filed a federal lawsuit March 8 against a Maryland firm offering products for “your little drinker.”
The company sold plastic 16-ounce baby bottles with working nipples that resembled bottles of Budweiser (labeled “Bunwiper”) and Miller Lite (“Little Tikes”).
"We didn't want our brand associated with this," Anheuser-Busch said in a statement. "We protect our trademarks from similar misuse by anyone who tries to trade on our name."
The brewer, which also makes Michelob, Natural Light, Becks and several other beers, is seeking any profits made by Baby Beer Bottles, as well as additional damages and attorney fees.
The Capital reported that the former offices of Baby Beer Bottles on Riva Road in Annapolis were vacant last week. Employees of neighboring businesses told The Capital they saw people moving out of the offices a few weeks ago. The founder, Jones, was not available for comment.
Baby Beer Bottles were supposed to be used as gag gifts, according to the company’s now-defunct Web site. It may be Jones who is gagging now.