Saturdays Suds: Baseball & Beer #89 – Gose O’s

3 12 2022

In my hiatus, I had a few baseball related beers, a couple from Baltimore.

Brewery: DuClaw Brewing Company in Baltimore, MD


Beer: Gose O’s

Description:  “This Gose is brewed with cantaloupe and black lava sea salt for a light, refreshing mix of sweet, salty and smoky flavors. The choice of orange and black ingredients is no coincidence, where we come from, these are the colors of summer! Step up to plate and swig away!

This is a solid tart ale with some salty-ness along with the style for a Gose.  I liked it.

Medium:  12 ounce cans.

How it’s related to baseball:  DuClaw got some props from the Orioles to sponsor this beer.  I like it, I’m always for more of these MLB team / brewery collaborations.

Saturdays Suds: Baseball & Beer #88 Broken Bat Can of Corn

12 11 2022

As I said last week, I have a number of these I can queue up, so I’m gonna try to do that.  Matching the Saturday Suds from last week is the other licensed beer related to the Field of Dreams game.  This one is from a brewery in Milwaukee.

Brewery: Broken Bat Brewery in Milwaukee, WI

Beer: Can of Corn

Description:  “A ballpark ale brewed with the actual corn harvested from the Field of Dreams movie site, ‘Can of Corn’ was brewed to bring those who truly love the purity of the game together, just like Ray built the field. find your seat and dream a little, grab a cold one, and enjoy two of America’s greatest pastimes, beers and baseball.”

This is a good corn-adjuncted lager, no complaints on my end. Sweet and drinkable like it should be!

Medium:  16 ounce cans.

How it’s related to baseball:  Like the one from Textile – this is a beer brewed with corn from the Iowa fields near Dyersville.  I actually got this back in 2021 for the first iteration of the Field of Dreams, went up to the brewery.  Broken Bat is a brewery built around a baseball theme – so I’m sure that has to do with why they got to do this affiliation.  When my son and I went to the MLB Field of Dreams game this year, this beer had been re-brewed and was available at the game.

Saturdays Suds: Baseball & Beer #87 Textile If You Brew It…

5 11 2022

I have a number of these that I could queue up, but this one is a baseball-themed beer I had more recently.

Brewery: Textile Brewing in Dyersville, IA

Beer: If You Brew It…

Description:  “If You Brew It…” is a light lager with both rice and corn which are two ingredients historically used in American brewing (before quality barley existed). It uses classic German hops to pay homage to our immigrant brewing forefathers who developed the American Brewing tradition. This finished product is a true “beer flavored beer.”

Textile is the local Dyersville Iowa craft brewery.  I got a 4-pack in August and had my last one on Thursday for Game 5 of the World Series.

Medium:  16 ounce cans – and was also on draft at the brewery.

How it’s related to baseball: This beer was brewed in conjunction with the Field of Dreams game just outside of Dyersville, IA.  I took my 10-year old to this year’s game, iteration #2 where the Cubs played the Reds, and it was just about the coolest sports experience I’ve ever attended.  Since we live in Chicagoland, my son has been a Cubs fan since 2016, and my Redleg affiliation made this too good of an opportunity to pass up.

We tried to do the experience right, watching Field of Dreams with our whole family Wednesday night before the game.  Then he and I drove up to Dyersville that morning, getting in town around 11am for a 7pm game.  Our first stop was the new museum that opened there, which is a project from Dwier Brown, who played John Kinsella in the movie (Kevin Costner’s dad).  It’s called Baseball Hall of Dreams, and is next to another baseball museum.  It’s all pretty cool for baseball geeks.

We went to Textile for a late lunch, where we saw Ronnie Woo-Woo of Wrigley fame.  Textile is a nice brewery in a building with some history.  They make good beer and are perfect for the town.  After that, we went to the game, which involved a lot of ooh-ing and ahh-ing by both of us before the actual baseball even started.  You walk through the corn on the actual movie site (which we have been to be 5 or so years ago), to get to the MLB park.  Overall just a really cool experience.  The Cubs won, which disappointed me a bit, but I can’t describe how many friendly people asked us what the deal was with me wearing a Reds jersey and Brady wearing a Cubs outfit.  Everyone seemed so happy to be there.

Saturdays Suds: Baseball & Beer #86 Lawson’s Triple Play

15 05 2021

Another baseball-ish beer!  This one I had very recently!

Brewery: Lawson’s Finest Liquids in Waitsfield, VT

Beer: Triple Play IPA

Description:  “A trifecta of hop varieties (Citra, Simcoe & Amarillo) which delivers a symphony of juicy fruit-forward hop flavors and a delightful bouquet of aromas. Winner of Brewing News National IPA Championship (2011), there is simply ‘no batter beer’!”

I’m huge into beer these days, and this “traditional” (meaning it ain’t hazy) IPA was pretty much amazing.

Medium:  16 ounce cans – I assume it’s on draft around Vermont when they brew it as well (in normal times).

How it’s related to baseball:  It’s got a baseball motif on the can design and the name is obviously a reference to a pretty rare play in the game!

Saturdays Suds: Baseball & Beer #85 Tree House Fall Classic

3 04 2021

One more beer I’ve got to catch up on for this series!  I had this back in November and forgot to take a pic when I had the beer!

Brewery: Tree House Brewing in Charlton, MA

Beer: Fall Classic

Description:  “Fall Classic was constructed as the ideal beverage to enjoy while watching major league baseball during the autumn season. It is also simply an homage to an incredible game. Nothing else elicits such a strongly nostalgic, all-American response quite like the crack of a bat on a cool autumn day. Or, experiencing the sights and sounds of a ballgame in the flesh. Brewed with clean American ale yeast and hopped with Strata, El Dorado, and Citra, Fall Classic pours a lovely orange color in the glass and puts forward potent flavors and aromas of tropical fruit, citrus, and earthy pine. It is dry, thirst-quenching, and incredibly easy to drink. It’s hard to believe this is the first classic American IPA we have brewed, but when you drink fall classic you will have the same thought that we did – better late than never!”

Medium:  16 ounce cans – 2020 was the first year Tree House released this.

How it’s related to baseball:  It’s got a baseball motif on the can design and the name is a reference to the World Series.

Saturdays Suds: Baseball & Beer #84 Solemn Oath Warning Track Power

27 03 2021

I always love doing this series.  I was super excited when I saw this beer was coming from Solemn Oath, a fairly well-known and established brewery in the Chicagoland area.
Brewery: Solemn Oath Brewery in Naperville, IL

Beer: Warning Track Power

Description:  “Hazy Pale Ale featuring Citra, Sultana, and Azacca hops brewing in collaboration with The World Wiffle Ball Championship.”

This is a hoppy hazy beer on the lighter side of the ABV spectrum. Was a tasty crusher with an awesome can design.

Medium:  4 packs of 16 oz stickered cans, and I’m sure there was some draft available.

How it’s related to baseball:  This is about as good as it gets for this blog.  They have copied the 1987 Topps design (my all-time fave) and it’s a collaboration with the World Wiffle Ball Championship.  There’s also some sneaky Guaranteed Rate Field (U.S. Cellular?  New Comiskey?) stuff going on in the background.  This came out when nobody was allowed in baseball parks, but it would do well at the craft section of the Sox ballpark!

Saturdays Suds: Baseball & Beer #82 Sketchbook Night Game

23 01 2021

This summer I did a post about Sketchbook Day Game – I also had their other baseball themed beer a couple months after that. It’s called – Night Game!

Brewery: Sketchbook Brewing Co. in Evanston, IL

Beer: Night Game

Description:  “Double IPA with Mosaic Hop and honey.  Huge tropical fruit, citrus and floral flavors and aromas.  The malt is simple and lends a drier and refreshing IPA.”

This is basically their Day Game beer – a “Midwest” IPA with honey – but as an imperial IPA.  So 8% plus ABV instead of 6%.  It was a bit sweeter than the regular and obviously packed a bit more punch.  I enjoyed this one – but actually liked the Day game better.

The Day Game beer I enjoyed when baseball was on COVID hiatus and during a Field of Dreams viewing in our house.  Conveniently, I had the Night Game version in September when baseball was back and I was able to watch a night game!

Medium:  I had it from a 16 oz can, I’m sure they also put it out on draft.

How it’s related to baseball:  It’s named after a baseball term!  This is one of 2 beers with this theme.  This one, as the nighttime version, is meant to be drank at night when you don’t need to worry about staying as sober!

Saturdays Suds: Baseball & Beer #81 Sketchbook Day Game

18 07 2020

It’s been about a year since I did one of these posts.  I actually timed having this beer with watching Field of Dreams a few weeks ago.

Brewery: Sketchbook Brewing Co. in Evanston, IL

Beer: Day Game

Description:  “Day Game is brewed with Mosaic Hops for bright pineapple and grapefruit flavors and just a touch of Honey for a smooth body and soft honey finish.”

This is a “Midwest” IPA with honey.  It’s got a great balance of bitterness rounded off by that touch of honey – was very enjoyable beer to put down while watching Field of Dreams.

Medium:  I had it from a 16 oz can, I’m sure they also put it out on draft.

How it’s related to baseball:  It’s named after a baseball term!  This is one of 2 beers with this theme.  This one, as the lighter version, is meant to be drank during the day time so you stay a bit sober!

Saturdays Suds: Baseball & Beer #80 Hop Butcher Stealing Signs

8 06 2019

It’s been quite a while since I did one of these posts.  And I had this beer so long ago, I kind of forgot I wanted to post about it!  But here we are!

Brewery: Hop Butcher for the World in Chicago, IL

Beer: Stealing Signs

Description:  “Galaxy, Moutere & Simcoe-hopped Double India Pale Ale”

This is a New England Style IPA that is Hop Butcher’s main squeeze for the past ~2 years.  It’s got a creamy mouthfeel and is hoppy without the bitterness.

Medium:  I had it from a 16 oz can, which is about the only way you could get it.  And in the Chicago beer scene, that means it didn’t last long.

How it’s related to baseball:  It’s got a baseball on the logo.  That’s about it!  I think stealing signs has to do with the Moutere hop – they say they were really on top of finding that newer hop to play around with.  And this is the beer they came up with.  It’s a collaboration with Aslin Brewing from Virginia / DC Area.

Saturdays Suds: Baseball & Beer #79 Paw Paw Mr. Sunday

30 06 2018

It’s been a long time since I did one of these posts, which is funny because I’d attribute my abandonment of this blog to beer becoming my hobby (and just having kids in general).  But when I see a brew that could fit – well, I’ll buy it, wait a little while to drink it.  And then wait even longer to post about it!

Brewery:  Paw Paw Brewing in Paw Paw, MI

(yes there is a place called Paw Paw Michigan)

Beer:  Mr. Sunday

Description:  “Hopped up amber ale.  Named after Paw hometown hero: Charlie Maxwell.”

It pours an amber color – as you’d expect, though sometimes amber beers are more red than anything – and is more malt than they seem to say.

Medium:  I had it from a 12 oz bottle, but I’m sure you can get it on draft at the brewery or elsewhere locally.

How it’s related to baseball:  Charlie Maxwell is the namesake of the brew.  He was a local to the town of this brewery – he grew up in Paw Paw, Michigan, which is a little west of Kalamazoo.  Charlie eventually made it to the big leagues with the Red Sox, but – you’ve got to love a true homecoming story – made his way home and had his best years in Detroit from 1955-1962.  He made the All-Star team twice (’56 and ’57) and got MVP votes 3 times while with the Tigers.  Maxwell was primarily a Left Fielder and finished his career with 148 homers and 432 RBI in 14 seasons (basically 5 full seasons, 5 half seasons and 4 cups of coffee).

I love stuff life this where a local place pays tribute to a guy who isn’t gonna be in the hall of fame, but for sure is a local legend.  For my hometown that would be Jeff Russell, the former reliever known best for his years with the Rangers.  The beer wasn’t my favorite style, but it was well made and if I ever found myself 20 miles of Kalamazoo I’d be sure to stop by and order a pint.