Take me out to the ball game..
A wonderful time of year, pretty much anywhere in Florida the sun is getting higher in the sky and the little bit of cooler weather is gone but not yet replaced by the hot, humid summers we are used to. Perfect time for a few days of spring training baseball games, especially Blue Jays games since they are after all less than a mile away. Now I am not really a loyal baseball fan, on TV the games are the best way for me to be seduced to a nap, but to go and see a game and have a hot dog and a beer IS truly an "All-American" pastime. There is only generally one problem with this.. Beer at my local stadium sucks! I was lucky enough to sit in one of the luxury boxes for one of the games and had a never ending supply of Labatt's Blue which was palatable but when you are down in the regular Joe seats it's more meager.. The big "AB selection" and not even the new more "handcrafted" Michelob products just Regular, Light, and I think I have seen the Lime for the really adventurous.. If you really want to throw your money down the tubes you can drink Corona or Corona Light, and the guy will even hook you up with a lime..GREAT! Yuck!! I choked through 2 of them when a pal button hooked me and announced he wasn't drinking anymore at a recent game.. I thought about tossing it, but I am a little cheap so I suffered through it cursing my buddie the whole way. Man, I never thought they could make that beer less enjoyable, and I am usually the proponent for canned beer but that was another story.
Now I have to be subjective, and like I have noted before faced with the prospect of drinking cheap beer that I really do not like I consider it a learning experience. I drink a few and realize why I am dedicated to my mission to help everyone consider better beer, they are right you want it to be cold, really cold because if you taste it you might not finish believe this in their million dollar advertising campaigns..
By the way, the Phillies stadium in Clearwater has made the commitment to better beer even having Dunedin Brewery's Piper's Pale Ale on tap for the last 3 seasons now. In addition to this they have about 100 other selections in bottles and a few others on tap, definitely an easier place for a person like me to watch a ball game just not easier to get home from afterwards. I also know that soon the Devil Rays will be playing their regular season games at the Trop in St. Pete and this is another place I know you can get a quality pint if you look hard enough at least in the past. I will have to wait for an update from the beer geeks who will get down there as soon as the season opens to find out if it is still that way this season too. GO RAYs!