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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!”

-Cait

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!

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.

 

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Score a Free Autographed Baseball with $150 Purchase in the Brewers Team Stores

Now, when fans purchase $150 or more of Official Players Licensed merchandise in the Brewers Team Stores at Miller Park, they will receive a free autographed baseball from a Brewers player.

Gomez Baseball

Examples of merchandise include, but are not limited to: player tees, specialty player tees, player bobbles, pennants, jerseys of current players, 8×10 photos, etc. Game used items (i.e. Authentics Kiosk), as well as much of the newly arriving All-Star Gear (more on that to come!) are also included  in this promotion.

The baseballs fans will receive will be randomized, but that’s part of the fun! This promotion ends on August 24, 2014, or while supplies last.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

 

Time to Take Your Tailgate Up a Notch with Brewers Tailgate Games

The weather is finally turning nice and warm and it seems like (I hope, at least)  summer is here to stay for awhile.

So why not consider ramping up your tailgate with our Homestand Highlight from the Brewers Team Store by Majestic?

Homestand 8 - The Ultimate Tailgate

Brewers Tailgate Games. Choose from Baseball Toss, Washer Toss or Ladderball. They are Brewers-branded, easy to assemble and fun for all ages.

Want a chance to show off your skills?

If you’re here for a Sunday game, be sure to stop by the Brewers Merchandise Trailers located near the Sausage Haus or Helfaer Field for a chance to compete in the Tailgate Games Challenge (bean bag toss and baseball toss)! Winners will receive $10 in “Bernie Bucks” which can be used toward merchandise in the Team Stores at Miller Park! And, if you don’t win, you still walk away happy because you’ll get a voucher to redeem at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic in the Hot Corner for a personalized key chain.

Brewers tailgate essentials are also available online at the brewers.com shop.  In addition, we’ve created a Pinterest board dedicated to tailgating–visit it to keep up with the latest tailgate gear, checklists, tip and more.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Davis & Lohse Visit with Brewers Season Seat Holders

Today was the Brewers Season Seat Holder luncheon, the second of two such events this season where Season Seat Holders with packages of 20+ games have the opportunity to attend.

The event, which takes place in the Skyy Lounge, includes a plated lunch (which was delicious!), a Q &A with Brewers players, and the opportunity to win prizes.

Today, Season Seat Holders were treated to a Q & A with Brewers outfielder Khris Davis and pitcher Kyle Lohse, emceed by Brewers TV Announcer Brian Anderson.

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Questions ranged from workout routines and mentors to what they do with their free time and entrance music.

Some quotes and highlights:

Q: Khris, What do you talk about with opposing players when you get on base? Kyle, what does the catcher say to you when he visits the mound?

Khris: “I had an interesting conversation with the other Chris Davis. He said I reminded him of someone from the movie ‘Mr.3000′. Other than that, you pretty much just say, ‘What’s up?’”

Kyle: “I tell Luc not to even ask me what pitch I want to throw. I say, ‘You’re just gonna tell me something different anyway.’ That’s the kind of relationship he and I have. We’re tight.”

 

Q: Kyle, what do you tell your son (Kameron, age 7), who has started playing and has been in uniform around the clubhouse?

Kyle: “I just let him go have fun. Parents of the other kids on his teams ask me what they should do. I tell them to just let them have fun, don’t worry about techniques, just make them love the game. Kam loves coming to the park. It’s just one of those things where I’m fortunate enough to be able to do that and for him, he thinks coming in, high-fiving Ryan Braun is normal. One of these days he’ll be old enough to understand and really appreciate it.”

 

Q: You both have chosen entrance songs by Dr. Dre. Why did you choose your particular entrance music?

Kyle: “I’m from Cali and grew up listening to Snoop, Dre, Biggie, old rap stuff. My song ["Next Episode" by Dr. Dre] is one of my favorites from back in high school.”

 Khris: “I picked mine [“Xxplosive” by Dr. Dre] because I liked the drums. Dr. Dre puts out good beats.”

 

Q: Besides baseball, what sports do you like to watch? To play?

Kyle: “I like watching football and I actually enjoy watching golf, probably because I like to play golf and because I have friends on the PGA Tour and I like to see how they are doing.”

Khris: “I like to watch college basketball and in the offseason, I’ll shoot hoops. I also like to read and play video games.”

 

Q: Kyle, can you tell me the difference between your breaking ball, curve and slider?

Kyle: “Well, ‘breaking ball’ is a term that the TV announcers like to use if they are not sure if it was a slider or curve,” he said, pointedly and jokingly in the direction of Brian Anderson, who laughed along with him. Kyle then proceeded to grab a baseball and show the crowd his various grips for his repertoire of pitches:

Kyle demonstrated the different grips he uses for his pitches.

Kyle demonstrated the different grips he uses for his pitches.

Q: What type of bat do you like to use?

Khris: “I prefer swinging ash. The wood bends with an ash bat vs. a maple bat. I like the flex the ash bat gives when I hit.”

And, even though the question was directed a Khris, Kyle jumped in: “I prefer swinging the one that gets the most hits out of all the pitchers,” he joked, as he leads the pitching staff with 6 hits this season. Kyle went on to talk about how in reality, Yovani Gallardo is the best hitter of all the pitchers, which is why he was called upon to pinch-hit vs. the Orioles earlier this season– a decision that resulted in a walk-off double.

At the conclusion of the event, drawings were held for prizes which included baseballs signed by Khris and Kyle.

Thanks to those who came out today, fun was had by all.

Cheers,

-Cait

JohnandCati@Brewers.com

 

 

 

Welcome to Marquette University’s Steve Wojciechowski!

We were pleased to have the new head coach of  the Marquette University Men’s Basketball Team, Steve Wojciechowski, join us at Miller Park, along with his wife, Lindsay, and sons Jack and Charlie, where, prior to tonight’s Brewers vs. Phillies game, Steve tossed a ceremonial first pitch.

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Pitch Steve Wojciechowski copy

 

As a two-time Marquette University grad and an adjunct professor in the College of Communications, I was happy to have the chance to meet Steve and welcome him to Milwaukee.

We hope you enjoy Miller Park–Go Brewers!

Cheers!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

What Cait Ate: Carrot Cake Custard from AJ Bombers

“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!”

-Cait

Carrot Cake Custard from AJ Bombers

During each homestand, I’ll sample some of the latest and greatest Miller Park fare and review it here, for you.

One of the most fun, new additions to Miller Park this season has been AJ Bombers. The popular restaurant and bar-with locations in Milwaukee and Madison-now occupies the outside space formerly known as the Plaza Pavilion, along the west side of Miller Park near the right-field gate.

AJ Bombers offers a selection of cheeseburgers, egg rolls, tater tots, shakes, custards, specialty concrete mixers and more. The menu also include homestand specials, such as the player-themed burgers (Will Smith’s “Slider of Death” is still available this homestand) and city-themed concrete mixers, like this one, here for the Phillies Series only: Carrot Cake (because…Philadelphia Cream Cheese).

AJ Bombers Carrot Cake

I’ll be sure to check in with AJ Bombers often throughout the season to keep you informed on their newest menu items, just like I have been with the ever-popular Double Clutch!

Rating:

(out of 5)

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: Fans can find AJ Bombers on the Field Level, in the outside space formerly known as the Plaza Pavilion, along the west side of Miller Park near the right-field gate.

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!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Double Clutch Menu Item for the Phillies Series: Philly Cheesesteak

The Brewers kick off a seven-game set tonight at Miller Park against the Philadelphia Philles and appropriately, we’ve got Philly Cheesesteak–with peppers, onions, provolone and cheese sauce on a hoagie roll– on the Double Clutch Menu for $10.25.

Geno's? Pat's? Try Miller Park's Cheesesteak this weekend!

Geno’s? Pat’s? Try Miller Park’s Cheesesteak this weekend!

In addition, the Spaghetti-in-a-Meatball will also be available for $9.50.

As always, the Double Clutch is located outside section 215 on the Loge Level at Miller Park.

–Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Bucks First Round Draft Pick Jabari Parker Visits Miller Park

On Thursday, the Milwaukee Bucks selected Duke forward Jabari Parker with the No. 2 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft; yesterday he made his first public appearance, greeting fans at the Milwaukee Public Market and then at Summerfest; and today, he visited Miller Park, where threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to today’s game vs. the Colorado Rockies. 

He’s certainly wasted no time immersing himself in the Milwaukee culture and he seems to be having a lot of fun along the way. Here are some photos and videos of Jabari’s afternoon here at the ballpark:

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Photo Courtesy: Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers

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Photo Courtesy: Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers

Jabari

 

Welcome to Milwaukee, Jabari!

-Cait JohnandCait@brewers.com

CHIVAS GUADALAJARA AND SWANSEA CITY A.F.C. PROFESSIONAL SOCCER MATCH AT MILLER PARK LESS THAN THREE WEEKS AWAY

“Futbol Fever” is spreading across the globe as the World Cup matches heat up; and this year, support is especially fervent in America as the U.S. Men’s National Team advances to the knockout stage.

We’re very excited to cheer on USMNT again next week, and with that, we’re especially excited that, this year of all years, we’ll be hosting the first-ever professional soccer match at Miller Park, giving fans a chance to watch the sport, at one of its highest levels, in person.

On Wednesday July 16, we’ll host popular Mexican soccer club C.D. Guadalajara, affectionately known throughout the world as Chivas, and Swansea City A.F.C of the English Premier League. Presented by Miller Lite, the event is part of the Chivas’ annual U.S. Tour, which includes four matches against some of the best teams from top soccer nations – Brazil, England, Germany and Mexico

One of the most historic and successful clubs in Mexico, Chivas has captured 11 First Division titles in Liga MX and has raised two Copa México trophies. Additionally, the 108-year-old team is the only club in Mexico to exclusively field Mexican players, a concept that has made Chivas a steady contributor of players to the Mexican National Team. Standout players include Omar Bravo, Jesus Aldo DeNigris and Rafa Marquez Lugo. The team is managed by Carlos Bustos.

Established in 1912, Swansea City became the first Welsh team to play in the English Premier League after earning promotion in 2011. In 2013 they won the Football League Cup Final, which earned them a spot in the 2013-2014 UEFA Europa League. Swansea finished in 12th place in the EPL in the 2013-14 season and is led by Manager Garry Monk.

To preview this event, we held a press conference at Miller Park today with Chivas, who was represented by World Cup legend and current Chivas Sporting Director Juan Francisco “Paco” Palencia. From the Brewers end, Paco was joined by Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger, Vice President – Brewers Enterprises Jason Hartlund and Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo.

L-R: Rick Schlesinger, Paco Palencia, Yovani Gallardo and Jason Hartlund. Photo Courtesy: Darren Hauck/Milwaukee Brewers

L-R: Rick Schlesinger, Paco Palencia, Yovani Gallardo and Jason Hartlund.
Photo Courtesy: Darren Hauck/Milwaukee Brewers

“We’re very excited to talk about this great match, with what’s going on in the World Cup and the excitement in the United States. Since the U.S. has advanced to the round of 16, I think the level of interest in soccer locally and nationally is probably the highest it’s ever been,” said Rick Schlesinger.

Jason Hartlund noted that his group, Brewers Enterprises, which is responsible for non-game day events at the ballpark, has been trying to secure a match of this nature for the past two years. Finally, this year, the baseball schedule coincided with that of Chivas’ tour.

“Whether it’s an international soccer match, or concerts, or a religious convention, which we had last weekend, Miller Park is clearly more than just baseball, so we are always looking to have new and exciting events,” Jason said.

Paco, who Rick referred to analogously as either the Robin Yount or the Paul Molitor of Mexican soccer, spoke next. “We are very excited to come here and play the first-ever soccer match at Miller Park,” he said.

“We have to thank all the fans who are supporting the event…we take (the match) very seriously because it is a huge event for us.”

Paco mentioned that when he was a child, he was a baseball fan and had started to play the sport along with soccer; however, he decided to continue on with soccer.

Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo, who is from Mexico, had the opposite experience. Like Paco, he grew up a fan of both sports and had played them both through high school, when he had to decision. Fortunately for Brewers fans, he chose baseball, but he still follows soccer closely.

“It’s pretty exciting for all of us. Hopefully we have the support from everyone in Milwaukee and show both of these teams the love that everyone has for soccer here in Milwaukee…. It takes a lot of talent for those guys to go out there and run for 90 minutes and do what they do with the soccer ball. I have a lot of respect for those guys and it is going to be an exciting game,” he said.

“I enjoy watching games, especially an event like this whenever i have the opportunity to be there live, and watch a game….If I’m able to do it, I’ll be there,” Yovani said.

The Brewers presented Paco was with his own jersey and in turn, Rick, Jason and Yovani received Chivas jerseys as well.

Brewers-Chivas jersey exchange!  Photo Courtesy: Darren Hauck/Milwaukee Brewers

Brewers-Chivas jersey exchange!
Photo Courtesy: Darren Hauck/Milwaukee Brewers

Paco will also throw out the honorary first pitch later that evening when the Brewers take on the Colorado Rockies.

“I’ve never been in a professional stadium before,” Paco said. “Maybe Yovani can warm be up a little before the game.”

Following the conference, Paco and Yovani went out onto the field, or pitch, depending on how you look at it, to have a little fun and Yovani and Paco did get to toss both a baseball and a soccer ball around together:

Paco tries his hand at baseball.... Photo Courtesy: Darren Hauck/Milwaukee Brewers

Paco tries his hand at baseball….
Photo Courtesy: Darren Hauck/Milwaukee Brewers

Yovani tries his foot at soccer. Photo Courtesy: Darren Hauck/Milwaukee Brewers

…And Yovani tries his foot at soccer.
Photo Courtesy: Darren Hauck/Milwaukee Brewers

Tickets are still available for this unique event, which is less than three weeks away. Prices range from $25 – $70 and parking is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the match. Tickets are available online at brewers.com/soccer, in person at the Miller Park Box Office, and by phone at (414) 902-4000.

The pitch will be laid out in an east-west orientation with one goal in left field and the other goal near first base (see below). The match will start at 8 p.m. and the gates to Miller Park will open at 6:30 p.m. Parking lots will open at 5 p.m.

Soccer Seating Miller Park

You can watch scenes from the press conference here:

8pm CT Update: Check out Paco’s pitch here:

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Double Clutch Menu Item for the Rockies Series: Colorado Pork Chili Verde Tacos

The Brewers kick off a four-game set tonight at Miller Park against the Colorado Rockies and we’ve got Colorado Pork Chili Verde Tacos on the Double Clutch Menu.

For $10.25, you’ll get  two corn tortilla tacos, cilantro rice, and black bean and corn salsa.

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In addition, the Spaghetti-in-a-Meatball will also be available for $9.50.

As always, the Double Clutch is located outside section 215 on the Loge Level at Miller Park.

–Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

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