My Kind of Beer with Chris Goddard
TOP 5 BASEBALL BEERS
I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a “sports guy”. In the summer I regularly wear my Blue Jays cap with pride but I’m a pretty fair-weather friend when it comes to year-round support. That being said, one of my absolute favourite things to do when I’m visiting breweries is to head out to a game in whatever city I happen to be in. Preferably baseball in a beautiful outdoor stadium. For me it’s not just the stadium but the whole atmosphere. The sights, the sounds, the smells and of course — the beer.
The Blue Jays don’t boast a very robust line up of craft beer at their stadium (if any at all) which is actually an anomaly in baseball stadiums. Most of the ones I’ve been to throughout the US have a draught line-up that would make most beer nerds drool. When I was at Coors Field in Denver they had about a dozen different breweries available with a couple of brands from each including a ton of the local favourites; Great Divide, Odell and New Belgium and all for fairly decent prices.
So if I was to program the beer for the Blue Jays what would I put on the list? I’m glad you asked.
Steam Whistle Pilsner — the big elephant in the room when it comes to Blue Jays and beer. At one time you could get your hands on a tin of Steam Whistle at the Rogers Centre but then they were unceremoniously tossed out. To me, this one is a no-brainer as they are across the street so a fresher beer will never be found.
Amsterdam Cruiser All Day Pale Ale — Another brewery that has a brewpub within hitting distance of the Jays but not a drop inside the Dome. Cruiser is one of the best beers I’ve had from Amsterdam and has a beautiful balance between the juicy hoppiness and malt. It also comes in at 4.9% ABV which makes it slightly more sessionable.
Left Field Brewery — Another no-brainer. A local craft brewery that lives and breathes baseball almost as much as they do beer. I would probably go with their Eephus oatmeal brown ale to give fans a little variety in their life. A great, toasted malt nose with a hint of sweetness on the palate. Just enough hops to keep the malt in check.
Henderson’s Best — Brewed up in the Junction area of Toronto this beer is a modern version of a classic English ale. It sounds stuffier than it is. A slight caramel sweetness on first sip is balanced by some lovely English hops and finishes nice and clean.
Lost Craft Revivale — An interpretation of a classic Kolsch beer. It is designed with beers drinking in mind. Yes, beers drinking. You aren’t just having a little sample at the ball park and going for a new badge on Untapped. Revivale has been crafted with sessionability in mind and is a great gateway beer for those that are worried that craft beer will melt your face off with hops.
Not heading to the home opener? All of these beers are available at the LCBO so you can create your very own ballpark in your backyard.