April brings new hope every year to the Colorado Rockies -- and new beers to the Blue Moon Brewing Company at the Sandlot, the in-stadium brewery owned by Coors.
This year, the Sandlot has two new beers lined up for Opening Day at Coors Field, which is Friday, April 4, against the Arizona Diamonbacks. They are Batters I-PA, a pale ale made with Mandarina Bavaria, a hop variety not used very often in the United States, and Willis Brau, a 5.5 percent ABV black lager.
Batters I-PA was brewed in honor of the team's 21st anniversary, says Sandlot brewer Tom Hail, based on the success of a 20th anniversary beer that the Sandlot made last year. "Last year's was an amber. This one is a little more bitter, like a Sierra Nevada."
The Sandlot will also be tapping Llano Lager, a 6 percent ABV Helles-style beer that it has made before, along with Pine in the Neck, Tongue Thaied, Belgian White, Rounder and Farmhouse Red, all of which were brewed on site.
The brewery underwent a facelift before the season last year, adding beetle-kill wood on the bar and around the seating area, as well as Blue Moon murals. The Sandlot also stayed open for certain hours during non-game days and continued to be open over the window as a tasting room -- something it hadn't done in more than a decade.
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