Baseball season is upon us. If you're going to Miller Park to take in a Brewers game, Badger Mixologist Aubrey Dodd takes you on a tour around the park to show you what everyone is sipping on this summer while cheering on the Brew Crew.
By: Aubrey Dodd, Badger South Mixologist
Coming off one of the best seasons ever and having the National League's MVP, The Brewers continue to make Milwaukee proud this season. Not only are they giving us plenty of wins to celebrate, but they are making heartwarming headlines with free puppies and one glorious homage to Mean Girls.
With a team like this, it’s unlikely that anyone with a little hometown pride will make it through the season without going to a home game at least once (or twice, or three times…)
To complement its winning team, Miller Park has stepped up its own game, turning America’s pastime into a full on experience not to be missed. Concession stands that once offered beer, brats, and little else, now offer a plethora of worldly food dishes, Instagram-able ice-pops, and our personal favorite addition: craft cocktails.
Featured heavily throughout the park are products by Milwaukee's own Central Standard Distillery. Their whiskey is topped with ginger beer and lime in the Wisconsin Standard Mule, and proves to be a perfectly chuggable base for the Patio Pounder cocktail, mixed with sweet & sour soda and refreshing cranberry. Their newly released North 40 Brandy made its debut this season as the official brandy of Miller Park. It can be found at every concession stand and featured prominently on the Johnson Controls Stadium Club cocktail menu. The brandy is finished in bourbon barrels to add a subtle sweetness, and is one of the only local brandies available on the market despite Wisconsin boasting the second highest rate of brandy consumption in the country.
If you’re a Kentucky bourbon purist, you can find plenty of Jim Beam cocktails such as the Honey Do, a summer-y blend of honey, ginger, lemon, and whiskey, and the Jim Beam Bourbon Old Fashioned crafted in house and served on tap so you don’t have to miss a second of the game waiting for your cocktail.
For you lucky suite-holders, a Mule Bar package is available. Simply pick from your choice of vodka, Jim Beam Bourbon, or Sauza Tequila, and mix up your own mules with ginger beer and a variety of garnishes. The suites also offer an impressive list of fan-favorite spirits, including Absolut Vodka, Sipsmith Gin, and Malibu Rum, along with fourteen whiskies to sip on ranging from American favorites like Basil Hayden’s to worldlier options such as Jameson and Johnnie Walker.
Guests visiting the Johnson Controls Stadium Club will have access to an extensive wine menu with Kendall Jackson Vintner’s Reserve, Tom Gore, and Chateau St. Michelle. Veuve Clicquot is also offered by the bottle, perfect for celebrating a big win or soothing the anxiety of a hard fought game. The Stadium Club also offers high end cocktails such as the Walk Off, a riff on a perfect Manhattan, complimenting spicy Knob Creek Rye with a touch of banana liqueur.
In addition to the elevated beverage options for sale throughout the stadium, Miller Park has added Elote en Vaso (that delicious and salty Mexican corn-on-the-cob which happens to be both vegetarian and gluten free), BBQ from Smoke Shack, and frozen treats from Pete’s Pops and Sprecher’s Freezer Brews (basically, an adult freeze pop!).
You can read more about the food available in the park here, and if you’re not strictly a beer + brat person, create your own iconic food and beverage combo to enjoy during the games. Because if you’re drinking with food you can call it a “pairing,” so it’s classy.
Cranberry Sauza Margaritas + loaded pork tamales anybody?