Dodger Stadium added craft beer options as part of the overall improvements to the classic stadium last year, and it has continued to expand the offerings for the 2014 season. There are now more craft beers available -- including locally brewed options -- than ever before, as long as you know where to look.
You can find the odd craft beer tap -- mostly Golden Road’s approachable offerings -- scattered around the ballpark, but if you’re a dedicated craft lover who has to have a selection of India Pale Ales, stouts and amber ales during the nine innings, you will want to secure seats on the loge level. At each end of the loge-level concourse, the Think Blue Bars that debuted last season have returned with even more craft brew options.
The 16-ounce cups of draft crafts return and will run you $13. The offerings rotate and during the recent series with the Cardinals, there were 10 legitimate craft beers on tap, including local favorites El Segundo Brewing Co.’s Blue House Citra Pale Ale, Angel City’s Witbier and Grandma’s Pecan Brown Ale from the Dudes.
New this year is the option to purchase a large-format bottled craft beer for a whopping $15. I saw bottles of Eagle Rock Brewing’s Revolution XPA, Stone’s IPA, and an Imperial Stout from Lagunitas (and at nearly 10% alcohol, it wins the bang-for-your-buck award).
These loge-level concessions also have the distinction of offering the increasingly infamous Kirin Frozen Draft. A mash-up of slushie and light-lager, the gimmicky concept involves a cup of Kirin’s uninspired lager topped with a swirl of frozen foam. The cup is $11, and I couldn’t resist trying it out.
Did the frosty treat satisfy? In all honesty it was better than I anticipated. Kirin is a refreshing lager, and the cap of icy foam was fun and added some interesting texture to an otherwise unnotable brew. It would have really hit the spot had it been warmer during the game, or if my seats had been in the sun. I probably won’t queue up to order another any time soon, but if you’re a beer geek, it’s an interesting experience that’s worth the $11.