There's a long list of craft beers brewed specifically for Major League Baseball teams. Frankly, if you operate a brewery in an MLB market, I don't know why you wouldn't want to release a beer collaboration with your local team.
Everyone knows that baseball and beer just go together. Plenty of people enjoy going to baseball games just to sit outside and drink beer all afternoon, and if that's what gets them to a ballpark, that's fine by me.
Biscayne Bay Brewing in Miami is the latest brewery to hop on the baseball bandwagon. They announced today that they will be releasing the new Marlins Lager.
According to the Miami New Times, the beer is a "crisp, light-bodied, German-style lager that's the ideal teammate for baseball on a summer day."
Say no more. Even though I'm a Braves fan and am not very fond of the Marlins, I'd give this one a try. Biscayne Bay said the beer is available at local grocery stores in Miami, but no word yet on shipping.
If you listened to this week's podcast, you heard me say at the end that I'm going to my girlfriend's river house this weekend. (It's actually on the Chesapeake Bay, but her she calls it a river house).
So since I am spending my weekend hanging out by the water, I decided to do a beer review of the perfect summer beverage.
Bud Light Lime is the ultimate summer beer and nobody can tell me any different. The first time I had it was actually last summer at her river house, and it's been my go-to drink for summer activities ever since.
It's the perfect amount of refreshing and crisp beer, with enough citrus to make you feel like you're on a tropical vacation wherever you are.
When I went to Smith Mountain Lake late last summer with a couple of friends, I convinced them to try it. They were skeptical at first, but they liked it so much that we had to buy another 12 pack before the weekend was over.
I tried to convince my mom to get one at a Nationals game last summer, but you know how ballpark prices are. It was $15 for a can, and as much as I love this beer, I can't justify those prices.
My friends judged me a little bit when I told them how good this beer is, and they said my dad would be disappointed in me for drinking it. (He is kind of a beer purist and not a fan of mass-produced beers, but even he can enjoy a citrus-flavored beer every now and then.) I have had some beers that I'm somewhat ashamed of (see Naturdays), but Bud Light Lime is not one of them.
As with all the beer reviews I do, the ultimate test is whether or not you can drink it at a ballgame. The answer is 100 percent yes, as long as you're willing to shell out 15 bucks.
I hope you all enjoy your weekends as much as I will, and pick up some Bud Light Lime next time you need a relaxing getaway.
Untappd Rating: 4.0 out of 5
The Houston Astros are probably not too upset that the baseball season has been put on hold. All the talk has shifted from their cheating scandal to speculation on when the season will return and whether or not there will be baseball in 2020.
One craft brewery in New Jersey is trying to bring the Astros' talk back by releasing a new beer taking shots at the team's cheating ways.
Departed Soles in Jersey City released Trash Can Banger this week, an IPA obviously named after the way the Astros relayed incoming pitches to their batters. In a social media post full of Astros puns, the brewery unveiled the can, which is reminiscent of Houston's 1970s rainbow jerseys.
"Sometimes you need to bend the rules a little to Marwin the day, so we're up and at 'em a little earlier than we should be getting a new Hazy IPA in cans Justin time for a surprise Sunday release," the brewery posted on Instagram.
"Some of you may have gotten the Signs that this was coming today, but beer releases are like a pitcher's arsenal, and you never really know what's coming and when...unless, of course, you cheat."
If the beer name, can design and social media post weren't enough, the brewery announced that the new beer is dry hopped with 2017 grams per barrel of Galaxy and Strata hops. 2017 of course is the year in which the Astros won the World Series while operating their sign-stealing operation.
Even with all the craziness in the world right now, at least we can all still come together to take digs at the Astros.
You're at a baseball game on a hot summer day. You want a beer to go with your hot dog and peanuts, but you're not sure what to go for. There's the classic baseball beers like Budweiser or Coors Light, or you can find craft brews at some stadiums, like Goose Island at Wrigley or Terrapin in Atlanta.
If you happen to be at Coors Field in Denver, you'll be able to find Blue Moon throughout the stadium. Blue Moon has blurred the lines of craft beer since its introduction. It started out in 1995 as the craft beer division of Coors Brewing Company.
But as part of one of the largest brewing companies in the world, can you really call it craft beer?
Well that's not the point of this post, so we'll let someone else decide that.
Blue Moon's summer variety pack includes the usual Belgian White, a Mango Wheat and and Iced Coffee Blonde, all of which are fantastic beers. I had the Iced Coffee Blonde recently, and while I was drinking it, I thought it would be the perfect beer for a hot day at a ballgame. (Disclosure: I have no idea if this beer is available at any baseball stadiums, but it 100% should be.)
The Iced Coffee Blonde isn't too far off from the regular Blue Moon. It's a sweet, light blonde ale that is very refreshing. There are some hints of coffee towards the end, but it's not an overwhelming coffee flavor.
I could see myself enjoying this beer on a beach, after a hike, or, like I've said already, at a ballgame. When you're watching baseball, you don't need a beer that's too flavorful. It just needs to be crisp and refreshing, and this one gets the job done.
Untappd Rating: 3.75 out of 5
Of the beers that I've drank and reviewed, the ones I speak highly of have something in common: a very malty flavor.
That's what I look for in beers. My favorite style of beer is Oktoberfest, but I also like red ales and lagers and brown ales.
This beer from Middle James Brewing in Charlotte fits my ideal description. The brewery says about Jamestown: "A collaboration with our friends at Town Brewing, this Scotch Ale is brewed with Simpsons Golden Promise malt from the UK. Expect huge caramel and toffee aroma and flavor, with a reddish/brownish color."
That sounds good to me. I got a lot of the malt flavor and could pick up some caramel notes, but I'll be honest, it was a hot day and I just wanted a beer. I wasn't too focused on trying to determine different flavors. What I can really tell you is that I really liked this beer. And at 7.2 percent alcohol, you don't need a whole lot of it.
Untappd rating: 3.75 out of 5
If you've read my beer reviews, you know I'm a fan of the products that Elkton Brewing Company is putting out. I've never gotten the chance to actually go there, as I came home right around the time everything started shutting down.
But my dad has stopped in there a few times to pick up some crowlers, and the beer they're brewing in Elkton is among the best of the breweries in and around Rockingham County.
This newest beer that they released is called Old Spotswood, and it might be my favorite of the three that they've released.
It was very similar in style to The Nutt, their brown ale, but in my opinion was a little better. At 8.0% alcohol, it also packs a punch.
The beer has malty, roasty and rich characteristics, with a bit of sweetness. The official description on Elkton's website reads: "Some might fault him for being loyal to the British, but times were different back then. And we'd like to think that he was always an American at heart (at least a Virginian!). This beer is a tribute to the olden days and to the heart of exploration which led Old Al to the valley!"
If you're anywhere near Elkton, I'd stop in and pick up a crowler or two of the Old Spotswood pretty soon.
Untappd Rating: 4.0 out of 5
There's nothing better than an American classic. Whether it's baseball, apple pie or hot dogs, you can't go wrong. The same thing goes for beer, too.
Budweiser is the classic American beer, and it goes perfectly with cookouts, ballgames, concerts and any other type of event you can imagine. It can always be your go-to beer, but sometimes, it's okay to change it up.
Anheuser-Busch has been coming out with new beers in their Reserve series since 2017 when they introduced the Repeal Reserve. Since then they've had some great selections, including the Jim Beam Copper Lager.
The latest style that they've come out with is the Nitro Reserve Gold. Craft breweries have been doing nitro beers for a long time, but this is the first time I've ever seen a mass-produced nitro beer.
The lager is infused with nitrogen gas to give it a smooth, creamy, draught-like feel. It's a fun one to drink, too, as Budweiser prints instructions on the can for how to pour the beer.
Traditional beers are usually poured down the side of the glass to prevent the head from foaming up too much. But with the Nitro Reserve Gold, you're encouraged to shake the beer upside down three times and then pour it straight into the glass to get the nitrogen infused throughout the entire beer.
While I like sticking with the classics, this new beer from Budweiser is one that's worth making a change for.
Untappd rating: 3.75 out of 5
Earlier this week I posted a beer review of Elkton Brewing Company's Reddish Knob. Today's review is another option from Elkton, The Nutt brown ale.
The newest brewery in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham area is knocking it out of the park with their selection, and The Nutt is proof of that. While I had some high praise for the Reddish Knob, this beer is a great choice as well.
It has everything you expect from a brown ale - a strong malt flavor, hints of caramel and coffee, and very smooth. Just like Reddish Knob, this beer is named after a local mountain, and I love the way they describe it on their website: "A classic brown, just like the ski slopes in March, except this one is smoother."
If you find yourself in Elkton soon, you better stop in and pick up some of this beer to go. I tried to get a whole crowler to myself, but my parents still weren't letting that happen.
Untappd Rating: 3.75 out of 5
Today is National Beer Day, and you're either working from home, or you're stuck at home with nothing to do (like me). In either of those situations, there's no reason to wait until 5 o'clock to crack open a beer and celebrate this most joyous of days.
In the spirit of such a great holiday, I've put together the ultimate playlist to enjoy a frosty beverage with. Everyone knows a beer is enhanced when you've got some good music to listen to. So whether you're drinking a local craft beer or Natty Light, sit back, crack open a brew and enjoy this carefully curated playlist.
If you've been reading my blog posts, you know I'm a big fan of bourbon. So when Budweiser came out with their collaboration with Jim Beam in the fall of 2018, it was something I had to try.
When I was going through our fridge recently, I found one bottle hiding in the back, so I decided to crack it open and do a beer review.
As far as bourbon-flavored beers go, this one has a lot less of a bourbon taste than the Hardywood Bourbon Cru that I wrote about last week. Budweiser says they aged the beer on Jim Beam bourbon barrel staves, so it imparts some of the flavors you would get in a bourbon without being overwhelming.
The official description of the beer says it has a "toasted oak aroma, a deliciously nutty taste with caramel rye and vanilla notes, and a smooth finish."
I've said before that I'm not an expert beer taster, if there is such a thing, but I know what I like. I can tell you that this is a very smooth beer and I definitely got some nut and rye flavors while I was drinking it.
Budweiser has been putting out some great stuff with their Reserve series, and I think this might be the best one they've release. I still need to try the Discovery Reserve and the Nitro Gold, but for a brand that my parents always told me was like drinking water, they've brewed some quality beers recently.
Untappd Rating: 3.75 out of 5