Baseball season is finally back, and with it comes the announcement of the Twins’ starting lineup for the home opener today—and Target Field’s 2015 lineup of local beers.
First, let’s go over the seasoned players of the stadium’s locally-brewed options:
- Indeed (Dandy Lager, Day Tripper, Shenanigans)
- Summit (EPA, Hopvale, Maibock, Saga, other seasonals)
- Surly (Furious, Bender, Hell)
- Fulton (Lonely Blonde, Sweet Child of Vine)
- Grain Belt (Premium, Nordeast, Light)
- Schell’s (Goosetown, Maifest)
- Finnegans (Irish Amber)
- Third Street (Three Way, Lost Trout)
- Lift Bridge (Farm Girl, Hop Dish)
The majority of these beers were available in years past and will be again this season. Just like before, most of them can be found at Minnesota Brews Portables in sections 126 and 320. A few, like Third Street, are in section 116 (Twins Brews). Surly and Fulton are in 141’s Twins Pub.
Now for the new recruits: Bauhaus Brew Labs just announced via clever video and press release that 12-ounce cans of their Wonderstuff Neü Bohemian Pilsner and Sky-Five! Midwest Cöast IPA will be available in sections 116, 126, and 322. They also plan to rotate in their Stargrazer German Style Schwarzbier and Wagon Party West Cöast Style Lager throughout the season.
Another local-brew newbie will be North Lake Brewing Company’s Honey Brown Lager. Originally founded in Ramsey, Minn., in the early 1900s, North Lake was shut down by prohibition in 1919. They reopened in 2013 and specialize in small-batch lagers. Their sessionable Honey Brown (4.8% ABV) is a medium-bodied beer that pairs well with pretty much any food—and, naturally, lots of baseball.
Two local spirits will also be joining the Target Field drinks roster, both available in section 111. The first, Panther Distillery, of Osakis, Minn., will be serving its much-buzzed-about Spiked Apple Whiskey with ginger ale, as well as Manhattans, whiskey sours, and whiskey Cokes. Second, south Minneapolis’ Du Nord Craft Spirits will be keeping things cool with Moscow mules and gin daiquiris, and heating things up (which by the looks of things will be much appreciated at the home opener on April 13) with spiked hot chocolate.
Last but not least, we present the very best drink deal you’ll ever find at Target Field (or anywhere else downtown on a Thursday night): Barrio Tequila Bar, Town Ball Tavern, and Hrbek’s will be offering a Thirsty Thursday promotion before every Thursday night game. The deal: $2 beers and $2 rails from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Yep, you read that right. Sure, it’s only for an hour, but what a glorious hour it will be.
Happy baseball season, friends. Let’s go Twins!