I really haven’t done a “Saturday Suds” for a specific beer in quite a while, but I found at the local Binny’s one that definitely qualifies . This beer was brewed in conjunction with a local minor league team out in Oregon.
Brewery: BridgePort Brewing in Portland, OR
Beer: Long Ball Ale
Description: This Golden Ale has a good amount of carbonation. It kind of reminded me of champagne, though it’s obviously less sweet and, of course, has hops! It was a really good beer and I bet it does well at the ballpark.
Medium: I bought a 12-oz bottle from Binny’s as part of a create your own 6-pack. Though I may go back and get a full 6-er of this beer. Naturally, if you live in Portland, you can get it at the ballpark as well.
How it’s related to baseball: This is a beer produced specifically for a minor league team, the Hillsboro Hops. The Hops are the short-season A-ball affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. They were founded in 2013 when the Yakima Bears moved to Hillsboro (a suburb of Portland). They became the Hops, and a brewery became a natural sponsor. BridgePort Brewing, known as Oregon’s oldest craft brewery – which is saying something – stepped in.
They created a special brew to be sold at Ron Tonkin Field, and BridgePort sponsors the Brew Pen, where you can get beers, hot dogs and other concessions.
My uncle and his family live in Portland; someday I may make it out there and can try this beer in its natural environment!