Friday night, after immersing ourselves in Pabst, we went to Miller Park to see the Milwaukee Brewers play the Colorado Rockies. Miller Brewing paid forty million to have the stadium name and title sponsorship. The fact that the ballpark is named Miller reflects the reality that Miller is the only Milwaukee macro brewery still standing. In the late nineteenth the big three brewers of Milwaukee were, Schlitz, Pabst and Blatz. Miller was not a contender. In 1950 Schlitz was first and Pabst was fourth while Miller was not in the top ten. Today Miller-Coors is the second largest brewer in the country and contract brews Pabst, Schlitz, and Blatz, although not in Milwaukee.
Miller Park has a fan shaped dome which is the only one in the country. From the outside when it is closed the shape is distinctive. Because it was freezing it was closed. The stadium has huge parking lots with many people tailgating. Inside the stadium was nice but not as nice as the new Yankee stadium. It does not really have the feeling of an old ballpark. Like the old Shea Stadium and US Cellular field, there really isn’t any neighborhood around Miller Park.
The crowd was okay, not super rowdy but they do seem to like to eat a lot. There was a tremendous amount of getting up and down throughout the whole game. A person sitting in front of me bought a full size batting helmet filled with nachos for twenty dollars. That is a lot of nachos.
In the seats the only beer sold were Miller or Coors products. I had Miller Genuine Draft. As macro, mediocre beers go, it wasn’t bad. It tasted like something which is an improvement over Bud Light and it was refreshing. It had no hop flavor and was pale yellow, not nice amber or brown like many craft beers.
Both the Brewers and the Rockies are middling teams and the Brewers lost. When a member of the team hits home run they shoot off fireworks. There were cheerleaders and there was a sausage race which is something you don’t see that often.