Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A LITTLE SUMPIN’ SUMPIN’ FOR THE BALLGAME

Going to San Francisco Giants home games in 2011 is as good as it’s ever been. Why, you ask? Well for starters we’re the World Champions. (Hey, I only get to say that for 3 more months, bear with me). Secondly, as just as important, we’ve now got this place THE PUBLIC HOUSE right there attached to AT&T Park, where our world champs play. We had it last year as well, but it was only this season that I discovered that patrons are able to travel from the bar/restaurant into the park (with a ticket, of course) and vice-versa. This’d be no big whoop if not for the stellar craft beer selection at The Public House. I kid you not – right this very moment they’ve got draft beers from Russian River; Allagash; The Bruery; Deschutes; Green Flash; North Coast; Firestone Walker and so on. And this at the yard, the ballpark, the place where good beer appetites go to die. Not anymore.


A week ago I traveled out to the ‘ol yard to watch the Giants prostrate themselves before the mighty Pittsburgh Pirates, who were riding a horrific 10-game losing streak before arriving in San Francisco to get themselves right again. So the game was awful – a 5-0 shutout that we left after the sixth inning – but not before taking a trip down the ramp to The Public House, where I ordered up a nice plastic cup full of LAGUNITAS “A LITTLE SUMPIN SUMPIN” imperial wheat ale. See it pictured here – ain’t she a beaut? Man, this beer, despite a fairly high alcohol quotient (7.5% - I guess “high” depends on who you’re askin’), is immensely drinkable, despite a little funk (!) detected in every swallow. Maltiness totally coats the tongue here – it’s a real enveloping sort of taste, and the hop level’s far higher than you might expect in a “wheat” beer – which this may or may not be. They say it is, but you be the judge. Said hops are citrusy and there’s a little bit of honey taste too. If you've ever had the Southern Tier "Heavy Weizen" before, this is right in that league. Like I said, I wasn’t paying attention to the ballgame much so I had all the more room to consider this beer. What I consider it is an eye-poppin’ 9/10.

3 comments:

Mark said...

Wow, and here I thought I was special when I spotted an Anchor Steam and Victory Summer Love at a Phillies game. That's a pretty good lineup of taps you've got there at your ballpark (I was going to say, for a ballpark, but it's actually pretty good, period.)

Jay H. said...

Mark, it's pretty amazing to have around. Inside the ballpark proper a big cup of Anchor Stream is $10, no lie, but in the adjacent Public House a weird-ass micro goes for a mere $6.

Anonymous said...

Must try that one - thanks - actually they haven't made a bad beer yet.