The next time you crack open Iowa's favorite beer you can thank the rules and regulations of Major League Baseball for being able to enjoy it.

Here is the story of how spite, and a bit of ego, brought Iowa its favorite beer.

Major League Baseball Rules

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In the 1950s stadium naming rights in Major League Baseball was a fairly new and controversial thing.  At that time stadiums could not be named after alcoholic beverages.

Since then naming rights are common and nearly every stadium in every sport has some type of corporate naming sponsor.  Including Coors Field in Denver and at one point Miller Park in Milwaukee. (Crying shame that it's changed to American Family Field)

The other stadium named after a beer was actually named before the beer existed.  Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

How Busch Beer Was Made To Spite The MLB

In 1953 Anheuser-Busch bought the St. Louis Cardinals.  At the same time, the new owners bought the stadium, known at that time as "Sportsman Park".

The new owners instantly wanted to name the stadium after their crown jewel beer and call it "Budweiser Stadium". But the MLB commissioner vetoed that.  So the stadium was named after the Cardinals owner "Gussie Busch".

Two years later, Busch beer was introduced to the public. Proving sometimes you have to put the cart before the horse to get what you want.

So the next time you are sipping on a cold Busch Light you can thank Major League Baseball, spite, ego, and the St. Louis Cardinals. Sorry Cubs fans.

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Craft Breweries in the Quad Cities Area

We're very lucky to live in an area with such an amazing, thriving "craft beer scene". You'll be able to find everything you could want.

Not sure what you want? That's ok. The bartenders at these establishments are very well versed and can guide you through a wonderland of Ales and Lagers.

From "coffee infused" to "riff infused".

From "pale ales" to "peanut butter porters".

Fruity, Sour, Hoppy, Malty, Crisp, Crushable beers in all shapes and sizes.

Crowlers, Growlers, Cans & Kegs...the Quad Cities Craft Beer scene has it all.

And of course...a great beer isn't complete unless it's paired with some amazing food. Whether it's made in the breweries kitchen or in the food truck in the parking lot...brewers know that people love food with their beer. 

Take a look at the 19 Quad Cities Area craft breweries!

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