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Babies and bottles normally get along just fine, unless a picture of that baby happens to be plastered to the front of a bottle of beer being sold in New Hampshire.
Currently, a bottle of Breakfast Stout crafted by Founders Brewery Co. in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is illegal in New Hampshire. Under the law, the Founders baby is being equated to Joe Camel, the controversial cartoon Camel cigarettes pitchman that was ultimately outlawed.
But legislation proposed this year would permit brewers to peddle their drinks in the Granite State even if the label shows images of minors.
State Rep. Keith Murphy of Bedford, who also is a local bar owner, is sponsoring the new measure that would allow images of kids on alcoholic beverage packaging as long as the state's Liquor Commission determines the picture isn't meant to entice minors to drink.
Murphy calls Breakfast Stout — with a label depicting a rosy-cheeked infant — his favorite beer. He says the brew is a big seller at his bar and it breaks his heart that he cannot buy it in stores.