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Is Anheuser-Busch planning an O’Hare-themed “ORD” brew?

Anheuser-Busch has trademarked airport codes ORD MDW. Are they planning some airport-themed beers.  |  Tom Gannam~AP file photo

Anheuser-Busch has trademarked the airport codes ORD and MDW. Are they planning some airport-themed beers. | Tom Gannam~AP file photo

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Updated: July 23, 2012 7:53AM

How does some airport-themed beer sound? What about an ice-cold can of ORD? Or some frosty MDW?

Anheuser-Busch has filed applications with the U.S. Patent Trademark Office for 42 airport codes, including ORD for Chicago’s O’Hare and MDW for Midway.

It’s anyone’s guess what the St. Louis-based brewer, maker of Budweiser and Bud Light, plans to do with the codes. The company didn’t comment Thursday.

Putting a local name on a regional beer would be a strategy in line with the brewery’s decision to file trademark applications for 15 U.S. area codes about a year ago. None was in Illinois.

Anheuser-Busch bought Chicago-based Goose Island, maker of 312 Urban Wheat Ale, in 2011 and could be looking to mimic the success of the brewery’s region-inspired beer.

While “MDW” makes sense as Midway’s moniker, “ORD” can be a head-scratcher.

The code is a nod to the airport’s roots. It was known as Orchard Place Airport/Douglas Field in the 1940s. It was built in an unincorporated area named Orchard Place and initially was used by Douglas Aircraft, which built World War II cargo planes there.

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