After coming up with a blended, alcoholic beverage called the “Frappicino,” Exit 6 Pub and Brewery in Cottleville, Missouri was sent a letter by Starbucks’ attorney Anessa Owen Kramer who claimed to be the owner of the trademarked term “Frappuccino.”
In response, brewery owner Jeff Britton responded with a rather sarcastic letter addressed to Ms Owen Kramer and “Mr Bucks” stating:
I would like for both Ms Owen Kramer and Mr Bucks to rest assured we meant no deception, confusion, or mistaking in the naming of the beer F Word. 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. I guess that with there being a Starbucks one very corner of every block in every city that some people may think they could get a Starbucks at a local bar. So that was our mistake.
Here’s the kicker:
Furthermore, in an effort to remain in good standing with Starbucks and Mr Bucks in general, please find enclosed a check for the full amount of profit gained from the sale of those 3 beers. Please apply the enclosed $6.00 towards the legal fees Ms Owen Kramer received for her efforts in nabbing Exit 6 in our dastardly F Word naming practices. We realize Mr Bucks probably paid her more than Exit 6 made last year. We just want to help a business like Starbucks. Us small business owners need to stick together.
While emails, Facebook messages, and phone calls have been piling up on both sides of the debate, Britton and Starbucks are both happy to have everything settled.
For more on this story, check out the article by Jim Salter on NBC News