The surprising ingredient Budweiser and baseball have in common

Few things in this world are as synonymous as beer and baseball. 

On a warm summer day, there's nothing more picturesque than watching a ballgame with a cold, refreshing brew in your hand. The drink and sport are a perfect pair -- but there's a surprising link between them that you may not have realized. 

And George Springer, right fielder and 2017 World Series MVP for the Houston Astros, has helped to take the relationship between beer and baseball to an entirely new level. 

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When your team faces the defending champion Astros this season, take a look at the bats in Springer's hands and you'll notice they have a different shape than the round-handled hardware other players use. Springer utilizes Axe bats, which have a slightly different handle shape than the bats many are used to.


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"I've always held my bat awkwardly," Springer said. "The Axe bat actually fit right into how I hold the bat. For me, it helps me stay flatter, which is ideal for trying to hit the bottom of the ball."

"It felt good. I liked it. I've stuck with it since August of 2016 when Mookie Betts actually left me a bat in Baltimore. I haven't gone back." 

The unique shape isn't all that makes the World Series MVP's bats special. Springer partnered with Axe bats to create a line of hardware made from beechwood, a material many Americans are unknowingly intimately familiar with.

Take a look at the star outfielder's career: 

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HOUSTON - AUGUST 19: The Houston Astros announce that they have signed their first round pick, outfielder George Springer out of Connecticut at a press conference at Minute Maid Park on August 19, 2011 in Houston, Texas. Spirnger is shown with Astros Assistant General Manager/DIrector of Scouting Bobby Heck (L) and Astros Amateur Scout John Kosciak. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - AUGUST 19: Outfielder George Springer is introduced as the Houston Astros' first round pick during a press conference at Minute Maid Park on August 19, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
KISSIMMEE, FL - FEBRUARY 21: Outfielder George Springer #75 of the Houston Astros poses for a photo during photo day at Osceola County Stadium on February 21, 2013 in Kissimmee, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 19: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros stands in front of the dugout before the game against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on Saturday, April 19, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
APRIL 26 2014: Houston Astros right fielder George Springer (4) reacts at the plate during the baseball game against the Oakland Athletics. Houston Astros defeated Oakland Athletics 7-6 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX. (Photo by Juan DeLeon/Icon SMI/Corbis via Getty Images)
21 May. 2014: Houston Astros (4) George Springer on the field during batting practice before a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim played at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Photo by John Cordes/Icon SMI/Corbis via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 08: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros laughs against the Minnesota Twins on June 8, 2014 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Astros defeated the Twins 8-0. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
JUPITER, FL - MARCH 28: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros bats during a spring training game against the Miami Marlins on March 28, 2015 at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra /Sports Imagery/ Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 24: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros returns to the dugout after striking out against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at O.co Coliseum on April 24, 2015 in Oakland, California. The Houston Astros defeated the Oakland Athletics 5-4 in 11 innings. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 8: Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros talks with Jake Marisnick #6 and George Springer #4 before the game against the Chicago White Sox on June 8, 2015 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JUNE 18: Rightfielder George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros makes a diving catch on a line drive by DJ LeMahieu #9 of the Colorado Rockies in the seventh inning during interleague play at Coors Field on June 18, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. The Astros defeated the Rockies 8-4. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 16: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros waits on the field before the start of their game against the Detroit Tigers at Minute Maid Park on April 16, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - MAY 02: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros draws a walk in the third inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins at Minute Maid Park on May 2, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - MAY 09: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros reacts after scoring in the third inning against the Cleveland Indians on a single by Colby Rasmus #28 at Minute Maid Park on May 09, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 24: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros triples in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Minute Maid Park on September 24, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 06: Houston Astros center fielder George Springer (4) waits for the National Anthem to begin during the MLB game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros on August 6, 2016 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04: Houston Astros George Springer on the field during batting practice prior to MLB baseball game between the Houston Astros and the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX. (Photo by Juan DeLeon/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 18: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros hits a home run in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Minute Maid Park on April 18, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 11: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros looks on during the game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on May 11, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 11: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros hits a two-run home run in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Minute Maid Park on June 11, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 06: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros reacts on second base after hitting a double in the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox during game two of the American League Division Series at Minute Maid Park on October 6, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 20: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros catches a pop up fly at the wall hit by Todd Frazier #29 of the New York Yankees during the seventh inning in Game Six of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 20, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros hits a two-run home run during the eleventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game two of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 1: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros looks on during Game 7 of the 2017 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros celebrates with teammates after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game seven of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 1: Kevin Burhardt of FOX interviews 2017 Willie Mays World Series MVP George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros after he is presented with the MVP trophy after Game 7 of the 2017 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, USA - MARCH 12: 2017 World Series MVP George Springer is congratulated by President Donald Trump during a ceremony honoring the Major League Baseball 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros at the White House in Washington, USA on March 12, 2018. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 05: Houston Astros George Springer holds the 2017 World Series Championship trophy as he takes a photograph with former President George H.W. Bush at NRG Stadium on November 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Indianapolis Colts beat the Houston Texans 20-14. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
WEST PALM BEACH, FL - MARCH 21: 2017 World Series MVP, George Springer, shows off a limited-edition Axe beechwood bat at Spring Training inspired by Budweiser's beechwood at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on March 21, 2018 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Budweiser)
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In addition to being the main ingredient in Springer's bats, beechwood plays a major role in the brewing of Budweiser, a ballpark staple and longtime partner of the MLB.

"Nothing goes together better than Budweiser and baseball," Ricardo Marques, the company's Vice President of Marketing, said. 

"Just in time for Opening Day, we created a limited run of custom Axe bats made of beechwood -- an integral part of the Budweiser brewing process -- to celebrate the upcoming season of America’s favorite pastime with America’s No. 1 classic lager."

Even though Beechwood is an integral ingredient to the Budweiser you know and love, you don't actually taste it when you drink the beer. The wood chips are added during the maturation stage of brewing as a place for yeast to land and rest. 

"Yeast is like us," Craig Tomeo, Senior General Manager of Budweiser's Jacksonville Brewery, said of the process. "Some of us want to chill, some of us want to party."

See inside Budweiser's brewery in Jacksonville, Fla.: 

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A spray painting outside Budweiser's Jacksonville brewery depicts the company's iconic Clydesdale horses. 

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Inside the Jacksonville Budweiser brewery.

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Budweiser's "Copper Cellar" inside the brewery.

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A view into the Copper Cellar from inside the brewery. 

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Budweiser has used the same recipe for its beer since 1876. 

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The use of rice in the recipe is what dignifies Budweiser as an American lager. 

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It takes a total of 30 days to brew Budweiser.

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Beechwood chips are seen before being utilized in brewing. 

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The beechwood chips are used as a resting place for yeast during the aging process of the beer. 

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A Budweiser employee has to be inside the tank while another shovels the beechwood chips towards him. 

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Beechwood chips being added into Budweiser during brewing.

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Inside the packaging area at Budweiser's Jacksonville brewery.

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Budweiser is tasted five times during the brewing process to ensure consistent taste. 

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Beechwood was officially approved to be used in MLB bats in 2014, and has only grown in popularity since then. Experts say beechwood is a hard, flexible and balanced wood with an elastic memory. Those factors lead to better exit speeds and increased distance -- especially when paired with the powerful swing of a World Series MVP. 

Related: See MLB players currently using Axe bats: 

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MIAMI, FL - JULY 11: The bat of Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox is shown during the 88th MLB All-Star Game at Marlins Park on July 11, 2017 in Miami, Florida (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 3: Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox at bat during the fourth inning of the opening day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Fenway Park on April 3, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FT. MYERS, FL - MARCH 2: The bat handle of Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox is shown in the batting cage before a Spring Training game against the Tampa Bay Rays on March 2, 2017 at Fenway South in Fort Myers, Florida . (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
FT. MYERS, FL - MARCH 2: The bat handle of Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox is shown before a Spring Training game against the Tampa Bay Rays on March 2, 2017 at Fenway South in Fort Myers, Florida . (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 5: The bat of Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox is shown before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 5, 2017 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 12: The bat of Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox sits in teh dugout before a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on April 12, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 3: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox at bat during the fifth inning of the opening day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Fenway Park on April 3, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - MAY 19: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox wearing Franklin batting gloves holds onto his bat in the dugout prior to the start of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on May 19, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
FT. MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 27: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox holds his bat during the third inning of a Spring Training game against the St. Louis Cardinals on February 27, 2017 at Fenway South in Fort Myers, Florida . (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 24: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros walks through the dugout with bat in had before a game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on June 24, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. The Astros won 5-2. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 20: A detailed view of George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros wearing MVP Nike batting gloves while holding the handle of his bat in the on-deck circle against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the first inning at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on June 20, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 28: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros bats against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Minute Maid Park on Sunday, August 28, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
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