“There is only one game at the heart of America and that is baseball, and only one beverage to be found sloshing at the depths of our national soul and that is beer … beer needs baseball, and baseball needs beer – it has always been thus.”
– Peter Richmond, author and journalist
Growing up in Southern Indiana, one quickly comes to associate two of life’s most important pastimes with Dubois County: Baseball and beer.
NABC is taking a Bus to the Bombers on Saturday, June 14. Seating is limited. We’ll drive to the Schnitzelbank for a meal and attend the game. Price for the bus, driver and game ticket is $25 per person.
Indiana’s Baseball Hall of Fame is in Jasper, and recently retired major leaguer Scott Rolen starred at Jasper High School. Amazingly, at least four former major league players from olden times were born in the small town of Huntingburg: Bob Coleman, Ray Blemker, Alex Graman and Mitch Stetter.
As for beer, need we do more to document Dubois County‘s fermentable predilections than note its heavily German heritage? Jasper is home to the regionally famous Schnitzelbank Restaurant, since 1961 a popular destination for its German cuisine and solid beer list.
In 2013, Basket Case Brewing became Jasper’s first nanobrewery, bringing beer and brewing traditions back to their local, independent roots.
Consequently, this year the New Albanian Brewing Company will split beer vending duties at League Stadium in Huntingburg with Basket Case Brewing. NABC will start the season on May 30, with NABC beers on tap at League Stadium through June. For the season’s final month, the taps will switch to Basket Case.
The Dubois County Bombers play in the Ohio Valley League, a collegiate summer baseball league. Players with remaining NCAA eligibility compete with wooden bats, and live nearby with host families during the season.
Huntingburg’s League Stadium is a retro jewel, reconstructed from an existing grandstand to serve as the 1940’s-era home for the Rockford Peaches during location shooting of the film, “League of Their Own” (1992), starring Geena Davis, Madonna and Tom Hanks.
NABC is delighted to bring fresh, local beer to Dubois County for Bombers games for the fourth year. Unlike other baseball clubs nearby, which have been slow to grasp the evolution of consumer beer preference, Bombers management sees the natural alliance of local baseball and local beer as one perfectly placed to give fans more of what they want when attending games. It’s why the transition from NABC to Basket Case makes sense.
NABC’s beers will be available on draft from the beer trailer parked down the third base line. There is a roofed picnic area just in front of the taps, and the main concessions area, the NABC Craft Beer Bullpen, is adjacent. Expect to see perennial NABC favorites Beak’s Best Bitter, Community Dark and Tafel in 2014.