"We're taking the taproom back," jokes Tom Hail, who has worked at the Sandlot for more than twenty years.
What he means is that the brewery will no longer produce the many Blue Moon specialty beers that it had been brewing for the previous decade at the behest of the Coors-owned subsidiary. Although the famous Belgian wit beer got its start at the Sandlot — as Belly Slide Wit — most of Blue Moon's specialty beers are now brewed at Blue Moon's River North location, which opened in 2016 (the flagship beers are made at Coors plants).
Instead, the Sandlot will go back to making the German-style lagers that were once the house specialty, along with some other old favorites and new recipes. On Opening Day, those beers will include the Rockies' 25th Anniversary Vienna Lager, Where the Helles Bill, Smalls Pils, Naptime Stout and Wicked Hop IPA. Baseball fans will also be able to get Rightfield Red, one of the original beers the Sandlot made in 1995.
And for the first time, some of those beers will be available at the Rooftop bar, Hail says.
The Sandlot is located on the first floor and in the basement of an old warehouse at 2145 Blake Street that was restored and incorporated into the architecture of Coors Field in 1995. The five-story brick building, built in 1913, was called the Banker's Warehouse and housed the Student Movers company from 1974 until 1993. Much of the original brick and cement are still there, including parts of the warehouse loading dock.