Last week, I spent some time on one of my favorite cities, Chicago. Between the Taste of Chicago, Giordano’s, Gino’s East, and the wide selection of craft and microbrews available, let’s just say I packed a little extra carry on for my return to Florida (and leave it at that!). But, all fat jokes aside, Chicago is a summer paradise for anyone who enjoys good beer. In the winter, it’s indiscriminately brutal.
In Florida, our beer selection is much more limited than our northern neighbors. Our specialty taps reach little further than Guinness, Heineken, and Landshark. While in Chicago, I made sure to spoil myself with the likes of New Belgium’s Fat Tire and 1554, Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Edmund Fitzgerald and Elliot Ness, and the local Goose Island’s 312. And, of course, I had an Old Style in Wrigleyville while rooting for the Cubs to triumph over the Sox (they didn’t).
Imagine my surprise when learning that Goose Island has recently been acquired by brewing behemoth Anheuser-Busch. The purchase most likely includes all trademarks and other intellectual properties owned by company behind Goose Island beers, along with the breweries and recipes that made the brewery famous. I was even more surprised to learn that AB has been applying for federal trademark registration of the area codes of other beer loving cities. Being a Clevelander in my early years, I searched the local “216″ area code in TESS. Yep, AB filed the application for federal registration directed at the Cleveland, OH market. A quick search of other cities I’ve called home revealed additional registrations for Miami, FL’s “305,” but oddly not for Columbus, OH’s “614″ or Tampa Bay “813″ or “727.” Go figure!
This make me wonder if Great Lakes Brewing Company, a Cleveland native with a very excellent line of beers, is planning to oppose the mark. If anyone from Great Lakes is reading, I would love to help. Just writing this article is making me crave a Blackout Stout.
Check to see if your city has been covered in the Anheuser-Busch area code sweep: