Saturday, April 4, 2009

Play Ball!

Sunday marks the beginning of the Major League Baseball season, and it is time to think about what to drink while you watch the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies beat the Braves (5:30 Sunday, ESPN). I tend to lean towards lighter flavored beers for baseball games, like pale ales and wheat beers. Local favorite Wildflower Wheat from Marble Brewery fits the bill here, as does the newly arrived Levitation Ale from Stone, which is only 4.4% and very drinkable. Big Sky's Scape Goat Pale Ale and Odell 5 Barrel Pale are also good choices. Or how about New Belgium 1554? Ok, it's not a lighter beer. But "1554" made me think of what the Mets' record will be half way through the season: 15-54. Yeah, I'm stretching things. But damn, it's hard to come up with baseball-themed beers. Pete's used to have Rally Cap, and Pyramid had a label with something about baseball on it. Why not go for something brewed in the city of your team? I'll be drinking something from a Philly area brewery in honor of my (did I mention they are World Champions?) Phillies- maybe a Victory Hop Wallop, Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale or Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA. I guess you should just drink whatever seems good to you at the time, root for your favorite team, and enjoy America's pastime.

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