Opening Day

Happy Oberon Day, Michiganders

Ludwig, Maryanne, and Paul live in Michigan, where two spring traditions reign supreme: Tigers Opening Day and Oberon Day.

Today, Michiganders flocked to their favorite establishments to enjoy a pint or two of this year’s release of Bell’s Oberon. This American wheat ale was originally called Solsun, but the owners of Mexico’s Sol beer slapped Bell’s with a cease-and-desist order. Larry Bell, who had been in drama club in high school, renamed the beer Oberon, after the king of the fairies in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Solsun/Oberon has been part of Michigan’s craft beer scene for 25 years, and many of its fans have posted memories of the beer on social media. Amy Sherman of MLive.com has compiled the best walks down Memory Lane.

As for the Tigers, their home opener is Friday, April 7.

Craft Beer at the Ballpark 2016

BallparkDigest.com keeps track of promotions scheduled at minor league ballparks, and many of this season’s promotions involve beer.

A growing number of teams are offering their own beers in conjunction with local breweries. The Durham Bulls went one step further, opening the Bull Durham Beer Company in their ballpark.

Teams are adding craft beer nights to their promotions calendar. For example, the Wilmington Blue Rocks, in Delaware, will host Beer:30 Thursdays in conjunction with Delaware-based Dogfish Head Craft Brewery; and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will sell beers and bratwurst for $2 apiece on Thursdays.

Other teams, including the Fort Myers Miracle and the Reno Aces, are hosting beer festivals. Many take place during the off-season, but the Toledo Mud Hens’ fest is part of the team’s Opening Day celebration. The price of admission includes tickets to both the festival and ballgame, as well the post-game block party in the stadium’s entertainment district.

Opening Day Snark

It’s Opening Day of baseball season, and Jay Brooks joins the festivities with a snarky beer and baseball team pairing.

A few examples:

  • Houston Astros and O’Douls. “Something technically not a baseball team deserves something technically not beer.”
  • New York Mets and Cobra. “This snake bitten franchise secretly hopes they’re drinking poison.”
  • Tampa Bay Rays and Natural Ice. “By far the best beer bang for your baseball buck.”

Unfortunately, Brooks forgot to include the old joke about the teams who can’t serve beer because they lost their opener.

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