all-star beer-ball team
keep your bases, and self, tastefully loaded
Mike Roy firstname.lastname@example.org
What a weekend; the
trading deadline passed and much to everyone’s applause Manny is still
with the Nation. This got me to thinking about how one would build a
“beer” ball team. Do you spend top dollar and buy a future hall of famer
to can appreciate the complex flavors? Perhaps you’d rather purchase a
journey man fringe player and hope that he can get the job done. It
might even be that you’d like a balance of both.
Regardless of what
you’re thinking, right now it’s all about me. So I began brainstorming
about how I would fill my roster and to help out I stopped into North
End Superette to see what Manchester had on hand for me to begin my
draught ... um I mean draft.
Every team needs a
Johnny Damon, a lead-off man, in this case (without all the hair) a beer
that can start off the game for you with a bang. My choice is
appropriately straight out of Cooperstown (literally!), Ommegang’s
Hennepin. Much like starting off the evening with a champagne toast,
this Belgian-style golden ale is effervescent with tantalizing notes of
fruit and spice.
Once you’ve got a man
on, you need to move him over, so that’s where a good contact hitter
comes in handy. North Conway’s own Tuckerman Pale Ale will fit perfectly
here. A good beer that knows its place, it’s not going to swing at bad
pitches or go for the fences, it just looks for a chance to be a team
player by giving you good malt character balanced by some assertive
floral and spicy hops.
Of course what would
your lineup be without a clean-up hitter? Nowhere of course! I’m sending
Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale to the plate to knock them all home. This big dead
guy has a huge malty character, subtly sweet with a flavor reminiscent
of bread and biscuits.
Now every team needs a
good bench if it’s going to be successful, so I looked long and hard for
a good utility player. My choice is an American classic, Sierra Nevada
Pale Ale, as consistent and versatile as they come, able to be plugged
into any hole in the lineup on a given night. This benchmark of pale
ales has a crisp fruitiness and a pronounced spicy citrus character that
always come to play.
We all know though,
when it all comes down to it, pitching wins championships. A staff needs
an ace, someone to shut down the competition, at times go the distance
and lead the team to victory. Smuttynose IPA will be leading my
rotation; it’s aggressive and not afraid to pitch inside with the hoppy
In recent years we’ve
seen more than ever how important it is to have a good setup man; if you
can’t get to the 9th successfully then all is lost. Another key
ingredient of a good setup man is that if you need to finish the game;
they can answer the call. Raison D’Etre from Dogfish Head will be
serving this role with its sweet malty depth, warming alcohol,
raisin-like fruit note and spice.
It’s time now to roll
out the guns, and play “Imperial Death March” from Star Wars as this
Vader-like presence makes its brisk calculated walk from the beer pen.
Unibroue’s Trois Pistoles from the Montreal suburb of Chambly packs more
muscle than Eric Gagne’s forearms. Its aroma takes you hostage with
toasted bread, nuts, dark fruit and caramel. Its warming port wine-like
alcohol character goes right by you like a 100 mph fastball and you’re
Well that’s how I’m
building my team. Have a different view? Email me then at email@example.com,
I’d love to hear it.
Mike Roy is brew master
at Milly’s Tavern at 500 Commercial St. The Beer Cellar will appear
semi-monthly in the Hippo.