After a long, cold winter on the North Coast, there is nothing better than a sunny day at the ballpark, with a hot dog (with Bertman’s Mustard of course!) in one hand and a tasty brew in the other! My home field is The Jake (yes, I still call it that, even though Jacob’s Field is now dubbed Progressive Field–just doesn’t have the same ring to it). Every year we make it to a handful of baseball games to cheer on our Tribe–and though they haven’t been contenders lately, we always have a good time. The season has already kicked off with a couple of good away games and the home opener is this Monday. Though the forecast calls for a chance of showers, we Clevelanders are just happy if it isn’t snowing on Opening Day.
Fortunately, the Indians’ management sees to it that craft beer fans have more to choose from than the standard ballpark Big Name beers. Several Great Lakes brews are available, as are craft beers representing our rival teams. A recent issue of Beer Connoisseur magazine quotes Dan Smith, the team’s food and beverage V.P., as saying “beer offerings are tweaked throughout the season to appeal to fans of the visiting club. That means it is possible to find brews by beloved brands like Bell’s, New Holland, Avery, Bear Republic, Moylan’s, Full Sail, Weyerbacher, Sam Adams, Harpoon, Goose Island and Dogfish Head, depending on who’s in town.”
Who are you cheering for this year? And what will you be drinking at the park? “Play ball!” boys of summer, and we’ll be there to cheer you on, beer in hand!