Nothing compliments the smell of freshly cut grass, the sounds of ballpark organ melodies, and the excitement of having Nationals Tickets more than an expertly crafted beer. Many people wouldn’t necessarily associate the baseball experience with high-end brews, but Nationals Park offers many artisan concoctions in all corners of its complex. Wash down those peanuts and crackerjacks with one of these fine concoctions.
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Local brewery, DC Brau, has been in business since 1956. They brew The Public pale ale found in the stadium. This American-style pale ale is made with rich, dry, and caramely C-60 and Vienna malts that create a scent reminiscent of citrus and white grapefruit. This crimson copper brew packs a bit of a punch too, topping out at 6.0 percent alcohol by volume.
Crafted on the north side of DC, 3 Stars brings its line of artisan beers to fans at Nationals Park. The brewery introduced its Citra & Lemon Peel Saison when it opened up shop in the stadium for the first time in July 2013. Made from Citra, Centennials, and Cascades hops, this crisp citrus saison brings a bit of the kick you’d expect from a lemon-inspired beverage. Its makers recommend pairing it with anything cooked on the grill, especially during the summer.
Having access to a variety of great local beers, like the Port City Optimal Wit brewed in nearby Alexandria, Va., is one of the many benefits of buying Nationals tickets. The Optimal is brewed in the Belgian Wit Bier tradition, using coriander, orange peel, and grains of paradise to bring nuanced, sophisticated flavors to any imbiber’s palate.
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Flying Dog’s Snake Dog India Pale Ale is great for fans looking for a heavier, bitter-tasting beer during the game. The Frederick, Md. brewery suggests pairing this ale with either spicy, creamy, or fatty foods, something that shouldn’t be hard to find in a baseball stadium. The Warrior and Columbus hops bring out citrusy grapefruit and caramel malt nuances that would go well with the kind of dishes you’ll find at the Red Porch, where the beer is served. Flying Dog also offers its UnderDog Atlantic Lager and Raging Bitch beers at other locations in the stadium.
Dogfish Head brings its locally crafted 60 Minute IPA to Nationals Park. The brewery is located in Milton, Del. The crafters adhere to 60 for nearly everything about this beer: 60 Northwest hop additions over a 60-minute boil to bring out a flavor ranking of 60 on the International Bitterness Units scale. Dogfish touts it as a citrusy beer for hardcore enthusiasts reminiscent of a “busty chardonnay.”
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Also found in the Red Porch, Allagash White is a Belgian-style wheat beer spiced with coriander and curacao orange peel. Its light, crisp, fruity, and spicy taste makes a fine compliment to the sunshine and splendor of America’s favorite pastime.
The idea of having a few brews with friends seems like a home run, but always remember to drink responsibly. And don’t forget to check out ScoreBig.com for below box office pricing, guaranteed, on Washington Nationals Tickets!