The act of buying a cold one while taking in a baseball game on a hot summer’s day goes almost hand-in-hand with the inception of charging audiences an admission in the earliest days of the sport. The ballparks of this country have long served the malts, lagers, ales and porters brewed throughout America, and Safeco Field has been one of baseball’s more reputable parks to visit in this regard since 1999.
Located in the modernly gentrified SoDo district, the home of the Seattle Mariners offers fans a great viewing experience complete with the best beverage lineup in all the land.
While your run of the mill, mass produced swill can be found in most ballparks in America, it is the art of producing and selling a high-quality, craft “hop-ish” beverage with full-bodied flavor that gives Safeco the unique distinction of having the finest selection to choose from. According to the Washington Post, Safeco ranks first in two of three categories for locality and uniqueness, while placing fourth in quality.
The overall result — there is nowhere better in the business at serving up baseball and quality suds than Safeco.
Brews are rated on a scale of 100, where anything 95-100 is considered world-class. 90-94 is considered outstanding, 85-89 very good and 80-84 is good. On Opening Day, about 70 percent of Safeco’s taps were devoted to quality craft. Some of the finer craft breweries of the Pacific Northwest region that can be found flowing from their taps are Workhorse IPA (94) from Portland, Ore., a Summer Ale (91) from the Fremont Brewing Company in Seattle, and Field 41 (90) from the Bale Breaker Brewing Company in Yakima, Wa.
All of these are not far off from being world class brews and all are offered exclusively at Safeco Field.
Of the 32 brews rated “good” or better at Safeco, only seven of them can be found at other stadiums throughout MLB. This exclusivity, paired with the premium quality of brews that can be consumed at Mariners games, gives fans added incentive to take in a game in person in 2014. With the playoff race intensifying by the day, Mariners fans should be proud of their competitive team, but also of their beverage selection that leaves the competition in the dust.
Salute Seattle, to both your baseball team and your ever-endearing motivations to quench a man of his thirst on a warm summer’s eve.