Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Opening Day at Angel Stadium

Yesterday I had the chance to visit one of my favorite places, Angel Stadium for Opening Day!  Of course, I had to start off my adventure by visiting one of my favorite local breweries, Noble Ale Works.  Since Opening Day coincided with an Anaheim Ducks game, it was a bit crowded. But, I never mind waiting for good, local, craft beer!  I decided to have one of my favorite beers, Big Whig IPA.  I also had a chance to sample a newer beer made by Noble, Simcoe Showers, a tasty DIPA.  

Big Whig IPA
After a quick walk over to the Big A, I was eager to check out one of the craft beer stands in the stadium, Draft Pick.  Draft Pick is located on the field level of the stadium on the third base side of the stadium, near Gate 2.  Last year, I wrote about the craft beer options at the stadium, and was curious to see what changes had been made during the off-season.  I was pleasantly surprised to see so many more options available!  Last year, there were six craft beer breweries available at the stadium.  This year there are now twelve!  
The breweries available at Draft Pick include: Stone Brewing Co, Saint Archer Brewery, Hangar 24 Brewery,  Golden Road Brewing, Karl Strauss Brewing, Rough Draft Brewing Company,  Firestone Walker Brewing Company, New Belgium Brewing, Ballast Point Brewing, Bootlegger's Brewery, Goose Island Brewery, and Kona Brewing Co.  Even more exciting to me, is that nine of the twelve breweries are from California.
The prices of the beer are pretty reasonable, $12.75 for 24 ounces of delicious craft beer.

So many great beers available at Draft Pick!
After grabbing some beers, next stop was one of my favorite places to view a baseball game at Angel Stadium, the left field pavilion.  I love the great view this area offers!  Opening Day never ceases to amaze me with all of the special events, such as the amazing U.S. flag which nearly fills the entire field. 

I kept looking up in the sky for a flyover, but then realized instead of a flyover, there would be people parachuting!  The Navy Parachute team, the Leap Frogs arrived right before 7:00 and were awesome.  As a Navy brat, it made my heart so happy to see the Navy represented at Angel Stadium!  

All the feels.
Even though the Angels didn't win the game, I still had a fantastic time at the game.  I can't wait for the rest of the season!

Goodnight, Big A, see you next time!


  1. And five of the tap handles are from San Diego! SD Rocks!

  2. I will give it to the dudes at Saint Archer. While I think their beer is "meh," their marketing and distribution team are insanely good because their beer is everywhere.

    Seriously, only one of their "Our Team" profiles even mentions beer, and even that just says that the dude has an "intense passion" for it. When he's not skateboarding or something.