What Cait Ate: Bloody Marys with a Beef Straw…AND A CHASER!

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

-Yogi Berra

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it…and try these concessions!”


Miller Park Bloody Marys

During each homestand, I will be meeting with John DiMartini, Executive Chef at Delaware North Sportservice/Miller Park to sample some of the latest and greatest Miller Park fare and review it here, for you.

Bloody Mary-$11.25 + $3.50 Beer Chaser

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Those of you who know me or have been reading the blog for awhile now may have picked up on the fact that I like love am mildly obsessed with Bloody Marys.

For those of you unaware, they are my drink of choice. Whether it’s 10am or 10pm, there is no bad time for a Bloody, in my opinion. I like my Bloody Marys spicy with a variety of fixin’s and I even consider myself somewhat of a connoisseur, trying them at varying restaurants and rating them on my own scale.

I have my own personal Bloody Mary blog. I make it a point to attend at least one Bloody Mary festival each year (our fine city has several great ones); I have made a pilgrimage to the place where the Bloody Mary was purportedly invented (King Cole Bar in the St. Regis Hotel in New York City); and I have even made Bloody Mary-inspired recipes like a Bloody Mary salad or Bloody Mary Soup, which shows you how much I just crave that taste. I guess it helps that tomatoes are my favorite food to begin with.

Anyway, needless to say, I have my favorite spots to get a Bloody around the city. Thus, this is why you shouldn’t take this lightly when I say– without bias– that Miller Park is one of them.

SportService puts their own twist on the Miller Park Bloodys by combining Skyy Vodka and Ocean Spray Bloody Mary Mix, along with some extra spices like worcestershire sauce, Tabasco and celery salt. You can order them mixed to your liking–mild, medium or spicy, although, I’m told spicy is the preference of most Brewers fans. The drinks are then topped off with standard fixin’s like pickles and olives.

But they just keep on getting better and better! Last year, they brought Benny’s Bloody Mary Beef Straws into the fold and this year, they’ve added a Miller Lite Chaser!

Miller Park Bloody Mary

For the uninitiated, beef straws are beef sticks hollowed out into a glass-to-mouth transportation device:

Beef Straws at Miller Park

I came across this genius product on my own almost two years ago (they are available at select retail locations). I tweeted about the straws and the next thing I knew, two packages arrived from Benny (Ben Hirko) himself. After receiving the straws, I was anxious to make myself a bloody and let me tell you… It took me back to the days of my youth, using a Twizzlers to drink soda and add a bit of cherry flavor. In a more grown-up version, Benny’s straws absorbed the Bloody Mary goodness from the inside out as well as the outside in.

That’s why I was so very excited when we started using Benny’s Bloody Mary Beef Straws in all of our Bloodys at Miller Park last season, becoming the first MLB Ballpark to do so.

This homestand, I finally had the opportunity to meet Benny and hear his story in person as he was in town on business. Benny told me that he spent quite a few years in the restaurant business, then started his own lawn care company. One day, while he was working, the idea popped into his head and he just couldn’t let it go. He started doing the research and a little over two years and a lot of hard work later, he had his product.  I have to say, I really admire him for his ingenuity and commitment to making his idea become a reality.

Here's me with Benny, who was in town making sure his product was up to snuff. I was working so, alas, I couldn't partake.

Here’s me with Benny, who was in town making sure his product was up to snuff–livin’ the dream! I was working so, alas, I couldn’t partake.

Now, I’m always working during the home games, so I try to avoid looking at the Bloody Mary carts as I pass by:

So, it wasn’t until I went to meet up with Benny that I noticed that we now offer the option of a  Miller Lite Chaser in an adorable little can for $3.50 extra.

In my travels, I’ve noticed that Wisconsin is one of the only states where a beer chaser with a Bloody Mary is quite common, so I love this option and the attention to detail.

So, the next time you’re out at Miller Park, check out the Bloody Mary cart. While you’re sipping the delicious beverage through your beef straw, silently toast Benny, enjoy and remember to drink responsibly!


(out of 5)

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: Fans can find the Miller Park Bloody Mary on the Field Level on two carts near the Home Plate Gate and on a cart near Section 117; they are also available on the Loge Level, near the Press Box and in the right-field corner.

NOTE: On Sundays, you can find a Build-Your-Own U-Skew Bloody Mary station near the Home Plate Bar on the PNC Club Level. Those are $12 each, made with Jimmy Luv’s mix, and include all the fixin’s you can fit on a skewer. Choose from options such as: celery, asparagus, sausage, cheese, mushrooms, hard boiled eggs, olives, pickles, cherry tomatoes and more.




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