Story by SBN contributor Chris Clemetson.
Safeco Field has something like four options for hotdogs. Luckily, they have much more variety in the beer department, although things are a bit different at Safeco Field for 2011. After my third Mariners game this year, I think I finally have the beer situation figured out; just in time for the roof to be open more often than it will be closed.
You can get a center field bleacher seat for seven bucks, but don’t expect a premium pour for less then that. So if you get to Sodo early, I suggest stopping in to one of the many establishments around the area. Elysian Fields (542 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104) boasts 22 taps of which you can usually find a couple nitros and a cask conditioned beer. Closer to the stadium is the Pyramid Alehouse (1201 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98134). Pyramid hosts an outdoor beer garden on game days and indoor seating with more options at the bar, including seasonals and special beers.
Last year the “hidden” place to find all the great beer at Safeco Field was the Power Alley Long Bar (behind section 133 near the baseball museum). This is not the case this year. While they do have local micro brews on tap, the selection is nothing like it was last year. The new hidden gem is the Hit it Here Café bar located in right field and above the main concourse, but I’ve got both good and bad news. The good news is that the selection is great. I had an Iron Horse Irish Death on one occasion and a Harmon Point Defiance IPA on another. I also saw they had Fremont Interurban IPA, Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, Redhook Big Ballard Ale and many more. The bad news is that the really interesting selections are not on draft but come in 22oz bottles that are poured for you. On second thought, it’s not really that bad of news. It’s a win-win situation in my book.
The Bullpen Market, now re-branded and much improved as “The Pen”, has the typical Safeco micro brew selections. The selections are available in more concession stands but less varied than they were last year. Despite the lesser selection, the fact that you can watch the pitchers warming up so close makes this a great place to grab a beer and explore.
Around the main level concourse you can find portable beer stalls. For instance, some of the carts outside section 130 carry Dick’s Danger Ale, Lazy Boy IPA, Lazy Boy Pilsner and Skagit Scullers IPA.
The only options I have not personally explored are in the upper concourse. According to the Mariner’s web site you can find a variety of local craft brews at Good Hops Beer located near sections 319 and 330. Sounds like a good excuse for me to find it the next time Felix is pitching at home to confirm this…. all in the name of Seattle Beer News, of course.