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What John and Cait Drank: Bernie’s Barrelman Ale

“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!”

-John & Cait

Bernie’s Barrelman Ale

During each homestand, we 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.

Earlier this month, we held a contest asking fans to vote on the name of a New Brew that would be created in a partnership   between the Milwaukee Brewers and Leinenkugel Brewing Co.  Over 10,000 votes were received and by an overwhelming margin, Bernie’s Barrelman Ale was selected as the winner.  This new beer will be available exclusively at Miller Park beginning this Monday, May 27, but we were lucky enough to attend the launch party last night and bring back a review for you!

Bernie’s Barrelman Ale

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The newly created beer is an ale, brewed with pale and roasted caramel malts along with cascade, nugget and willamette hops.

Cait: I must admit, I am not a huge beer drinker. In fact, usually my beer intake is limited to chasers for my beverage of choice, Bloody Marys. I just feel very full when I drink beer and I’m usually not a huge fan of the taste, save for a few of the Leinie’s flavored beers like Lemon Berry Shandy and Honey Weiss. But for a beer named after my favorite mascot and sold uniquely in my favorite ballpark, I will gladly make an exception.

Again, not a connoisseur, so I’m not really able to describe the beer in a way that will resonate with aficionados, but, in my own words, this brew was very flavorful yet still light enough that I didn’t get that overly full feeling. In other words, I could easily drink Bernie’s Barrelman Ale and still have room for some of the other yummy ballpark fare that John and I review.

I think the only problem fans are going to have with this brew is that they won’t be able to get it outside of Miller Park!

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John:

I’m with Cait in saying that I’m really not an expert on beer and craft beer. That being said, I was excited to try Bernie’s Barrelman Ale and came away surprised and pleased. I could taste that this wasn’t an ordinary beer, this was something special that the people at Leinenkugel’s took time in brewing. It wasn’t too heavy, but at the same time had rich flavor.

I enjoyed two glasses and left with a satisfied, but not an overly full feeling.  It was crisp and refreshing, perfect for a summer evening at Miller Park. I know craft beers are a trend right now and if that is something you are into, I would not visit Miller Park without trying Bernie’s Barrelman Ale. How many sports teams, let along mascots, have their own special brew!? It is fitting for the Brewers and I encourage everyone (21 years old and over, of course), to try this next time at Miller Park.

And don’t just take our word for it…

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Rating:

5 Sausages(out of 5)

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: Bernie’s Barrelman Ale is available exclusively at Miller Park and fans will be able to buy the “New Brew” at locations on the Field Level behind sections 103, 118 and 125; on the Loge Level behind home plate and sections 206 and 213; and on the Terrace Level outside sections 413, 420 and 432.  Served in a 20-ounce cup, it is $7.75.

What about you? Do you have a favorite ballpark snack? A question about concessions? Something you’d like to see featured here? Post your comments below!

Bon Appetit!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Double Clutch Menu for the Dodgers Series – Shrimp Baja Burrito

The Brewers are back at Miller Park after a ten-game roadtrip and that means a new item at the Double Clutch Food Truck – Shrimp Baja Burrito.  If the dollar hot dogs at Miller Park this week for Spring Madness are not your style, you won’t want to miss this special item.

Inspired by Southern California food trucks, the made-to-order burrito comes filled with fresh Cajun-seasoned shrimp, avocado,  bacon, basil aioli and slaw.  It’s a pretty hefty serving and don’t forget a fork and knife to make sure you get every last bite!  A side of Miller Park’s famous homemade chips is on the side.

The Shrimp Baja Burrito is $9 and will be served at the Double Clutch stand for the three-game series this week with the Dodgers.

A staple of the Double Clutch, the Spaghetti-in-a-Meatball is also available again and features a 1/2 pound beef and veal meatball stuffed with spaghetti and mozzarella cheese and topped with marinara sauce.  That is also $9.

The Double Clutch stand is on the Loge Level outside section 215 (on the first base side of the press box).

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

What John and Cait Ate: The Plaza Grill

“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!”

-John & Cait

The Plaza Grill

During each homestand, we 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.

The Plaza Grill is located on the Field Level near section 110 in an outdoor seating area called The Plaza Pavillion.  The Grill features a number of great, made-to-order items served hot off the grill. There are plenty of picnic tables to enjoy your meal and even a tented area in case the sun is a little too intense.

Milwaukee’s Best Steak Sandwich $10.50

Milwaukee's Best Steak Sandwich

Milwaukee’s Best Steak Sandwich

Served on a rustic roll, this seared steak is doused with sharp and hoppy beer cheese and served with a sautee of sweet peppers. The famous and delicious house made chips go with the sandwich.

“The Beast” $9.00

"The Beast"

“The Beast”

This is truly a unique item that one would find only in Milwaukee.  The Beast is a grilled bratwurst sliced in half and stuffed with a grilled hot dog.  Those two items are then wrapped in bacon and grilled to perfection.  Served with sauerkraut and grilled onions on–of course–a pretzel roll.  House made chips and a pickle are also served on the side.

Homestand Special – Zesty Asian Glazed Chicken Chop $9.00

Zesty Asian Glazed Chicken Chop with Asian Slaw

Zesty Asian Glazed Chicken Chop with Asian Slaw

This item was available for the last homestand and will most likely make a return for the upcoming homestand at Miller Park.  A bone in chicken chop with a sweet and sour Asian glaze served with Asian Slaw.

Cait: John and I tasted these sandwiches on a beautiful, sunny day out on the Plaza. You could smell the meat cooking on the grill and for a moment, it almost felt like summer (which, I am assured, is eventually coming this year).

We were met with a smorgasbord– these three amazing sandwiches. Of these, my favorite was “The Beast,” almost a novelty but oh, so much more. It’s like the Milwaukee version of Turducken, a dish consisting of a de-boned chicken stuffed into a de-boned duck, which is in turn stuffed into a de-boned turkey: a hot dog, stuffed in a brat, wrapped in bacon (on a pretzel bun nonetheless). However, there is NO WAY I could eat an entire one by myself. It’s a lot of food. I suggest splitting it with a friend or three!

The other two sandwiches were also very good, you just can’t go wrong on the Plaza Grill!

John: The Plaza Grill is definitely a hidden gem at Miller Park. It is a great place to socialize and enjoy a fantastic meal before any Brewers game at Miller Park. For night games, you can enjoy the late afternoon sun on the patio picnic tables. As for the food, the “Milwaukee’s Best” steak sandwich was definitely my favorite.  t came fresh off the grill (the entire stand is made to order, which is great) and was the perfect amount of food.  he chicken chop had a great flavor as well.  The sweet and sour glaze was something different and pairs perfectly with the chicken. “The Beast” is definitely a novelty item, but worth a shot.  It is unlike anything I have ever tried (or even imagined), but Chef John and his crew always seem to be pushing the envelope with what they can get away with and this is certainly no exception!

Rating:

(out of 5)

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: The Plaza Grill is located down the right field line on the Field Level just beyond Section 110.  The area has picnic tables and high top tables for enjoying along with a tented area as well.  Keep in mind that parts of the Plaza Pavilion allow smoking.

What about you? Do you have a favorite ballpark snack? A question about concessions? Something you’d like to see featured here? Post your comments below!

Bon Appetit!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

What John and Cait Ate: Bernie’s Blends Fruit Smoothies

“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!”

-John & Cait

Bernie’s Blends Fruit Smoothies

During each homestand, we 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.

Fresh Fruit Smoothie -$5.50

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It’s been a cool start to the baseball season in Milwaukee, there is no arguing with that fact. Lately, though, spring is in the air, the temperatures are rising, and nothing sounds more refreshing than a fresh fruit smoothie. Brand new to Miller Park this year, the “Bernie’s Blends” cart is located down the right-field line outside section 112.  With four different options to choose from, the options will leave something for every one. We know we often push some outrageous food items here on occasion (Remember the “Giant Slugger!?”), but it is good to know that there really is something for everyone to enjoy at Miller Park.

To start, choose a yogurt base or a frozen orange juice base. The fruit options include either a mixed berry blend that includes frozen strawberries, raspberries and blueberries or a strawberry-banana blend. The smoothie is blended fresh while you wait and is served in a 16 ounce cup.

Cait: I love smoothies, so this is a welcome addition to the selection at Miller Park; undoubtedly, these will be a hit during the hot summer months. I gravitated toward the mixed berry & yogurt combination and it was delicious. Very creamy and smooth and I liked that I felt like I was making a healthy choice. I highly recommend that you check out Bernie’s Blends next time you’re at the ballpark on a warm summer day.

John: Often at home, I throw all sorts of fruit in the blender and see what happens.  I find the fresh fruit and yogurt blend to be a delicious and refreshing healthy treat and it is great that you can now get one here at the ballpark. If you are ever in the mood for something a little on the healthy side while at a Brewers game, this will definitely do the trick. Perfect consistency and flavor and just the right amount. I started with the yogurt blend and then mixed berries. I will definitely be back to try all the different combinations.

Rating:

(out of 5)

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: Fans can find the Bernie’s Blends on the Field Level just outside section 112.

What about you? Do you have a favorite ballpark snack? A question about concessions? Something you’d like to see featured here? Post your comments below!

Bon Appetit!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Double Clutch Menu for the Cardinals Series – Beef Barbacoa Tacos

A four-game weekend series with the St. Louis Cardinals begins tonight at Miller Park.  With that, we have a new food item at the Double Clutch stand on the Loge Level at Miller Park.

On the menu for the Cardinals series: Beef Barbacoa Tacos.  Two soft shell tacos featuring slow braised beef chuck roast, smoked here at Miller Park.  Topped with a green chipotle aioli and onions and served with cilantro rice and pickled veggies.  The aioli is delicious and the beef is fresh and very tasty.  The tacos can be a bit messy, so don’t forget a fork.  This meal is $10.

Beef Barbacoa Tacos

Beef Barbacoa Tacos

The Spaghetti-in-a-Meatball is also again available featuring a 1/2 pound beef and veal meatball stuffed with spaghetti and mozzarella cheese and topped with marinara sauce.  This is a favorite of mine and is $9.

The Double Clutch stand is on the Loge Level outside section 215 (on the first base side of the press box).

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

What John and Cait Ate: Bloody Marys…with a Beef Straw!

“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!”

-John & Cait

Miller Park Bloody Marys

During each homestand, we 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

Miller Park Bloody Marys

Let me start off by getting this out of the way: I like love am mildly obsessed with Bloody Marys. 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 the Tomato Romp on Milwaukee’s East Side each year; 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 burgers, 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 fixin’s like pickles, olives and, new this year, Benny’s Bloody Mary Beef Straws.

Yes, you read that right–BEEF STRAWS,  a beef stick hollowed out into a glass-to-mouth transportation device.

Beef Straws at Miller Park

I came across this genius product on my own about six months 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.

A little background on the origin of it, from Benny, via the company’s website:

During my 15+ years in the restaurant/bar business I’ve always loved trying new things to make people smile. One evening while bartending I was chatting with 2 customers. They had brought beef snack sticks with them to enjoy while having a couple of beers. Always hungry, I asked for one. While snacking on the stick, I thought to myself these would taste fantastic in a bloody mary! I began thinking of the best way to use it, and immediately thought it should be a straw instead of just a stick. As a straw, the bloody mary would be able to soak into the beef and be a juicy snack all the way through. Armed with this new idea, I started making them at home for my friends and family. Everyone loved them, and after some research I thought I should make these available for everyone. I hope my idea can add a bit of fun, and great taste to your bloody marys for years to come.

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 to hear that we’d be using Benny’s Bloody Mary Beef Straws in all of our Bloodys at Miller Park this season, becoming the first MLB Ballpark to do so.

I’m hoping you’ll enjoy the straws just as much as I have, especially in the Miller Park Bloody Mary.

These four Brewers fans from Rockford are also fans of the Miller Park Bloody Mary!

These four Brewers fans from Rockford are also fans of the Miller Park Bloody Mary!

Enjoy and remember to drink responsibly!

Rating:

(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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-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

What John and Cait Ate…Desserts, Candies and Floats, Oh My!

“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!”-John & Cait

During each homestand, we 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.

Pastries at the Park

This season, Miller Park has a new pastry chef, Chef Brett and she’s making herself known with desserts such as Lemon Poppyseed Shortcake, the Miller Park Bar, Vegan and Gluten-Free Carrot Cake, and Triple Decker Chocolate Fudge Cake will be available all season long for just $8.

Take a look at our mouth-watering gallery here:

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The Candy Shop-$8.00

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Fill up the acrylic cup on the left with as much of your favorite candies as it will hold for just $8 and take home the souvenir cup as well! (The glass mug is for root beer, keep reading!)

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Is this talk of candy and desserts making you thirsty?

Root Beer Floats-$15-$25

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New for 2013, Chef John, Chef Brett and their team are offering Root Beer Floats made with Sprecher Root Beer.  The floats are available starting with a child-size for just $15, or an adult size (served in the souvenir glass mug pictured above) for $20. Adults also have the option of purchasing the float made with Sprecher Hard Root Beer for $25.  A root beer float at a baseball game?!  Just as American as a hot dog at a baseball game!  You can’t go wrong.  In addition, it’s great to know that it is made with Milwaukee’s famous Sprecher root beer.

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: The dessert display is located near the Home Plate elevators on the Club Level at Miller Park (see photo below).  The dessert and root beer float carts also pay visits to the Suites.  Desserts are also available in the Johnson Controls Stadium Club.

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Rating (out of 5):

5 Sausages

What about you? Do you have a favorite ballpark snack? A question about concessions? Something you’d like to see featured here? Post your comments below!

Bon Appetit!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

What’s cooking at the Double Clutch Stand at Miller Park this homestand?

In case you missed it, new for 2013, the Chef’s Table has transformed into a food truck called the Double Clutch, located outside Section 215 on the Loge Level. Instead of menu items related to our opponent, the Double Clutch aims to feature unique fare that would be something similar to that found on a food truck. The concessions will change frequently and offer a fun variety.

Chefs Table 2013

The features for the upcoming homestand (Brewers vs. Giants and Brewers vs. Cubs) are:

Smoked Brisket Grilled Cheese served on Texas Toast, made with Muenster cheese and topped with fried onions.

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And, the popular “Spaghetti-n-a-Meatball,” a meatball stuffed with spaghetti, topped with sauce and provolone cheese, is also back for $9.00.

 Meatball

Check back here all season long for What John and Cait Ate reviews, including the updated Double Clutch items!

- Cait

Johnandcain@brewers.com

What John and Cait Ate…Ribbie’s Cafe

“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!”-John & Cait

Hello readers!

We’re really excited to bring back the food review series that we started in 2011: What John and Cait Ate.

During each homestand, we 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.

Sportservice provides the food and drink concessions for 25 major league sports clients at 23 venues, including 10 Major League Baseball stadiums.  As the exclusive food, beverage and retail provider for Miller Park, Sportservice offers so many concession stands and such a wide variety of food options that fans dashing out of their seats for a quick snack between innings may be missing out on some of the best ballpark bites.

Don’t worry. We’re here to help.

We started the 2012 What John and Cait Ate series with a look at some of the new smoked meat products available at Miller Park. This year, that selection has expanded.  The beef brisket and smoked turkey are both back.  But we looked at some new items available this year.

Smokin’ Delicious!

Today, at our first meeting with Chef John, we were treated to an array of smoked products. Last year, Sportservice acquired a smoker and refine their classic smoked turkey and brisket plates.  This year, they plan on adding specials varying by homestand–it could be anything from Prime Rib, Mahi Mahi Tacos and Leg of Lamb to what we feasted on this time: a 10oz Smoked Pork Chop and the Beer Can Chicken (how appropriate for Miller Park!).

10oz Smoked Pork Chop-$10.00

10 ounce Pork Chops

10 ounce Pork Chops

Add two slices of white bread, some homemade BBQ sauce, a scoop of macaroni and cheese and a pickle and, my friends, you have a meal!

Finished product.

Finished product

John: A sizable portion at 10 ounces, the pork chop is marinated in apple cider brine and a special seasoning, smoked the day of the game. It’s then drizzled with Miller Park’s homemade barbecue sauce.  The meat was very tender and full of flavor.  Served over two slices of wheat bread, the pork chop could be eaten like a sandwich or cut up.  It was a smoked flavor in the meat combined with the tangy sauce that made this meal a good start to the 2013 season.  A healthy portion of delicious mac ‘n cheese on the side was also served.  It is a bit difficult to eat unless you have a table and it is likely that you will need a fork and knife to eat this.

The Beer Can Chicken-$10.00

Good old fashioned beer can chicken!

Good old fashioned beer can chicken!

A generous portion of macaroni and a pickle round out this ballpark meal!

Quite the feast!

Quite the feast!

Cait: With the chicken, you also get a generous portion. It’s marinated with Guinness and slow-roasted on a beer can for two days, seasoned with Old Bay. Like the pork chop,  the meat was very tender and full of flavor. Delicious mac ‘n cheese and a pickle make this into a meal. As John pointed out, the only drawback to this delicious fare is that it can be  difficult to eat unless you have a table as you will need a fork and knife to eat it. However, that’s just one more reason to get to the ballpark early, have your dinner and then get another snack/dessert somewhere around the 4th or 5th inning!

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: Both of these sandwiches are available at the patio outside the right-field corner on the Field Level & Ribbie’s Cafe outside Section 221 on the Loge Level (pictured below).

Rating (out of 5):

4 Sausages

 

 

Well, that concludes our first food critique of 2013. We hope you enjoyed reading it half as much as we enjoyed tasting these new items. We also hope we’ve inspired you to step outside of your brat and beer routine (not that there’s anything wrong with that) next time you’re at Miller Park to check out the wide variety of concession offerings.

What about you? Do you have a favorite ballpark snack? A question about concessions? Something you’d like to see featured here? Post your comments below!

Bon Appetit!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

What John and Cait Ate… The New Double Clutch Stand at Miller Park!

Last year, SportService debuted the Chef’s Table , a stand featuring concession options that changed based on the opponent we were playing (think Cincinnati Chili when we play the Reds, pierogies when we play the Pirates, etc.

Chefs Table 2013

Well, new for 2013, the Chef’s Table has transformed into a food truck called the Double Clutch, located outside Section 215 on the Loge Level. Instead of menu items related to our opponent, the Double Clutch aims to feature unique fare that would be something similar to that found on a food truck. The concessions will change each series and offer a fun variety.

The feature for the Opening Series vs. the Rockies is a meatball stuffed with spaghetti, topped with sauce and provolone cheese for $9.00.

 Meatball

Check back here all season long for What John and Cait Ate reviews, including the updated Double Clutch items!

Happy Opening Day!

- Cait

Johnandcain@brewers.com

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