Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Anheuser-Busch Wants to Trademark Your Area Code

Posted By on Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 2:35 PM

click to enlarge Anheuser-Busch may not want to use this trademark -- but they definitely want to own it. - IMAGE VIA
  • Image via
  • Anheuser-Busch may not want to use this trademark -- but they definitely want to own it.
If brewing giant Anheuser-Busch gets its way, we won't just be living in the 314.

We'll be living in the 314 (TM).

The St. Louis-based brewery, now owned by Belgian conglomerate InBev, has applied for a federal trademark on the area codes of fifteen cities, including Cleveland, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix and -- yep -- St. Louis.

As the Nashville Tennessean reports, InBev recently acquired the Chicago-based brewery Goose Island, which markets a beer called the 312. The paper speculates that, now that the company owns the brand, it may want to protect its asset by preventing copycats in other cities.

Or maybe the Belgians aren't content with controlling America's domestic beer supply and want to take over its cities -- one area code at a time!

An Anheuser-Busch spokeswoman confirmed the fifteen patent applications to Daily RFT, but said the company would have no further comment at this time.

Tags: ,

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 19, 2022

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2022 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation