Great American Beer Tasting at Fifth Third Field
By Kevin J. Gray
Is there any better pairing than beer and baseball? What about sampling a variety of domestic and imported beers at Fifth Third Field? Heidelberg Distributing Company and the Dayton Dragons are proud to host the fifth annual Great American Beer Tasting on Saturday, August 4 from 2- 6:00 p.m. at the Dragons’ stadium.
The event is a showcase for some of Heidelberg’s newest products and features a mix of American macro and microbrews. Participants will have more than 70 beers to choose from, running the gamut from offerings from large American breweries to smaller craft beers to European imports.
From Budweiser, look for Bud Light Platinum (a six percent ABV, triple-filtered light beer), Bud Light Lime Lime-a-rita (a margarita made with a “twist” of Bud Light Lime) and Select 55 (a 55 calorie light golden lager with 1.9 grams of carbs).
Michelob will also be available with several malt beverages and beer alternatives, including Michelob Ultra Light Cider (a gluten-free hard cider), Michelob Ultra 19th Hole (a light tea and lemonade-flavored malt beverage), Michelob Ultra Lime Cactus (a pilsner–style beer with an fruity aroma and citrus finish), Michelob Ultra Pomegranate Raspberry (a pilsner-style beer with a berry aroma and a hint of pomegranate) and Michelob Ultra Dragon Fruit Peach (a pilsner-style beer with peach flavors).
Yuengling will be present with the traditional and light lagers, but also the Yuengling Original Black & Tan (a blend of porter and premium beer), Yuengling Dark Brewed Porter (a full-bodied beer with hints of chocolate) and Lord Chesterfield Ale (a malty beer with a noticeable hop presence).
Craft and import beer drinkers will have plenty of beers to choose from, including beverages from Goose Island, Redhook, Widmer, 21st Amendment, Leffe, Duvel, Chimay, Smuttynose, Sierra Nevada, Young’s, Samuel Smith, Samuel Adams and many others. Some of the craft highlights include Goose Island Matilda (made with a rare yeast that suggests a fruity spicy flavor), Goose Island Pepe Nero (a dark farmhouse ale brewed with black peppercorns), Omission Pale Ale (a gluten-free bold and hoppy American Pale Ale), and 21st Amendment Monk’s Blood (a Belgian-style dark ale brewed with cinnamon, vanilla, oak chips and dried figs). In addition, there will also be ciders available from Cincinnati’s Angry Orchard.
Throughout the event, there will also be special, limited-offering samplings at table 21. Product is first-come, first-served while supplies last, according to the schedule below.
2:30 p.m.: Widmer Marionberry Hibiscus Gose: Gose is a traditional cloudy German-style wheat beer that balances tart and slightly salty flavors with a soft malt background. Widmer Brother’s unique take uses a healthy dose of Oregon-grown Marionberries as well as dried Hibiscus flowers for a tart, floral profile with clove and coriander flavors to round it out.
3:15 p.m.: Goose Island Lolita: a pink rose colored Belgian-style pale ale fermented with wild yeast and aged on raspberries in wine barrels. Aromas of fresh raspberries, bright, jammy fruit flavors and an effervescent body.
4:15 p.m.: Brooklyn Beers, Brooklyn Local 1: Belgian-inspired strong golden ale. Behind the full golden color is an alluring aroma, a dynamic complex of flavors, Belgian flair, Brooklyn fortitude and a dusting of special yeast. To create this beer, an old technique of 100 percent bottle re-fermentation is used.
In addition to the beer, there will be food and games. Cornhole will be set up on the field, as will several carnival-style games. Guests can also join the raffle for prizes such as a Bud Light mini fridge, Budweiser cruiser bike, iPod dock, dart board, coolers, autographed Dragons merchandise, gift cards and more. One lucky guest will win two tickets aboard the Bud Light Port Paradise Party Cruise. The cruise sets sail in mid-November and stops at a private island in the Bahamas. There, the winner will experience two days of music performances from major artists.
The cost to attend is $25 per person in advance or $35 the day of the event and includes 20 four-ounce samples, a custom-designed souvenir sampling glass and one raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the event. Designated drivers need not miss out on all the fun: tickets for those abstaining include four non-alcoholic samples, a souvenir sampling glass, one raffle ticket and one non-alcoholic drink from the concession stand.
The schedule for the day will be as follows:
2:00 p.m. – Gates Open
-Beer tasting tables open
-Cornhole Games available on the field
-Carnival Games available on the field
-Drop off your raffle ticket at the raffle table by 4:45 p.m.
2:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.
-Special Samplings at Table 21 (see list above)
-Raffle Prize Drawing (must be present to win)
6:00 p.m. – End of Event
Tickets are on sale now at the Dragons Box Office in person, online at daytondragons.com or by calling (937) 228-2287. Advance tickets can also be purchased at Applebee’s Delco Park, Applebee’s Wilmington Pike, Applebee’s Xenia, Applebee’s Springboro, Amber Rose Restaurant, The Dublin Pub, Brixx, Archer’s Tavern, Belmont Party Supply, Cooper’s Deli, Boston’s Bistro, Fricker’s Huber Heights, Miami Valley Wine and at the Heidelberg Draught Office/Gift Shop.
The Great American Beer Tasting: Great beer. Great atmosphere. Great company. What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon? For more information on the event visit www.daytondragons.com or call the Dragons at (937) 228-2287. Cheers!
(You must be 21 years of age to attend. Please sample responsibly.)
Reach DCP freelance writer Kevin J. Gray at KevinGray@DaytonCityPaper.com