Alaska Baseball League games are great in the land of the midnight sun! We have a wooden bat college league right here of our own. If you show up to an Anchorage Glacier Pilots home game, you can watch the game from the Pilots’ beer garden, which has its very own bar with an impressive selection of craft beer on draft like Fresh Squeezed IPA by Deschutes Brewing, or Sockeye Red IPA by Midnight Sun Brewing! The best part is that a pint is only $6! Where else can you get that kind of price on craft beer at a sporting event? I chose to paint a tall boy PBR can in this painting, because the draft beer is served in a generic plastic cup, and wouldn’t add much to the composition, but PBR is one of the beers you can get at these games. The beer garden is so close to first base, you have to really pay attention, or your beer may be knocked over by a foul ball. So a can is a safer bet.
Alaska baseball has been showcasing some serious talent since 1974. Famous players like Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, Randy Johnson, and a list of many others played here before going pro. All got their start right here way up North. If you are on a trip to Alaska, and you have a few extra hours, I recommend stopping by one of the four ballparks. Every one of them is worth a visit if you are a diehard baseball fan!
Cheers to the truly all American game of baseball! What could be better than a bag of peanuts, a cold brew, and hours of cheap, clean entertainment?
This week’s featured Thirsty Thursday beer painting is of Denali Brewing Company’s Louisville Sour, which is a Sour Barrel Ale. You may ask, what a Sour Barrel beer actually is. There is not really a guideline for this style, but I’ll do my best to describe this particular beer. This tart and zangy beer is fermented in oak barrels, which introduce a boatload of critters (micro-organisms) into the fermentation process. Namely, Pediococcus, Lactobacillus, and Brettanomyces; each bringing a particular flavor. The strongest flavor in this beer is the sour Lactobacillus. Denali’s stub-bottled beer is as refreshing as a tart lemonade on a warm summer day.
If you love baseball, nothing is sweeter than going to an Alaska Baseball League game on a sunny day. Alaska may not grow lemons, but we home-grow some great college, minor-league, wood bat baseball. Catching the last few innings of a double-header under the midnight sun at one of the five stadiums in Alaska is an experience. The mountain views can be distracting. Keep your eye on the ball, because some of these kids can hit! There is nothing worse than getting a foul ball right in your beer cup. This year the Mat-Su Miners are the league champions, which is very fitting as Louisville Sour is brewed an hour and a half down the road in Talkeetna. You won’t find this beer at the ballpark, and may have to be at the right place, at the right time to find it anywhere else, for that matter. Once it hits the shelves, it sells out fast! Sour beer fans will tell you, Denali Brewing hit Louisville Sour right out of the park!