As part of a unique partnership with Tradition Brewing Company, the Peninsula Pilots (summer collegiate; Coastal Plain League) are introducing a mug club for 2018.
The last few seasons have yielded stronger connections between baseball teams and craft breweries, a trend that has extended from the majors down to the summer collegiate ranks. In this case, the Pilots will partner with the Newport News, VA-based Tradition Brewing Co. to form a mug club.
Members of the mug club will be eligible for discounts at both War Memorial Stadium–the Pilots’ home in Hampton, VA–and Tradition. Mug clubs are a fairly common offering at certain breweries and bars, but the Pilots and Tradition Brewing Company are planning their own baseball-oriented spin for 2018. More from the Daily Press:
The key aspect of the partnership will be the “Baseball Bat Beer Mug Club.” Peninsula Pilots general manager Darin Knicely said the membership will include in-stadium discounts at the Pilots’ Tiki Bar as well as discounts at Tradition. There are only 140 spots available this season, he said.
Members will receive a 12-ounce wooden baseball bat beer mug that features a custom logo of War Memorial Stadium with Tradition and Pilots logos.
A membership pre-sale will run April 1-30 for $99 and increase to $129 on May 1. In addition to the mug and discounts, the cost also includes a $50 gift card for food and beverages at Pilots games, Knicely said.
“It’s a great partnership,” said Tradition Brewing Co. owner Andy Beale. “You can’t go to a ball game if you’re of age and not have a beer.”
The Pilots are slated to play their 2018 home opener on June 1, when they host the Fayetteville SwampDogs.