The Sacramento River Cats (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) have upped the craft beer offerings this season at Raley Field, with the ballpark featuring several unique brews.
Craft beer has become more prominent around ballparks over the last several years, and many facilities around Major League Baseball have embraced the trend in unique ways. That has held true throughout Minor League Baseball as well, with expanded beer options at ballparks and team-branded beers becoming commonplace in recent years.
In the case of the River Cats, the team has taken some steps to raise the level of craft beer options at Raley Field. An area known as Knee Deep Alley has debuted this season, while an expanded beer garden features several distinct selections. More from the Sacramento Bee:
A beer oasis was added to the Raley Field this season with the debut of Knee Deep Alley, a mini-beer garden off the first base line that pours six beers from the popular Auburn-based brewery, including the baseball-themed Sac Fly-PA and the controversial Breaking Bud….
In addition to Knee Deep Alley, there is an expanded Beer Garden behind the left-field seats at Raley Field. Both areas are themed to craft beer in the same way that Frontierland is themed to the Old West – strings of overhead lights and barrel tabletops give the illusion of authenticity. You are still far more likely to encounter “corporate craft” options from Ballast Point, Lagunitas, 10 Barrel, Hop Valley and Golden Road than you are beers by local, independent breweries like Device, Track 7 and YOLO.
Sac Fly-PA debuted this season, part of a partnership between the River Cats and Knee Deep Brewing Company.