After a roller coaster series against the Royals that saw the Tigers increase their lead in the AL Central, the team took a much needed day off before facing the peskiest team that they could face in many fans' opinions: the infamous #TwinsHit hitters themselves.
Minnesota is not having the best season possible, but that does not mean that they're not capable of showing up and turning into the 1976 Cincinnati Reds at a moments notice. Joe Mauer has been hitting the ball very well of late, Justin Morneau has had some key plays, and you just know that one of the AAAA starters they have will go 8 innings and only give up 2 hits.
On the plus side, we may have seen the rebirth of Prince Fielder's bat a bit in the last series. The Cupless Wonder had some key home runs and RBIs that helped the Tigers win a key series as well as making some solid contributions in the field. Combine that with Miguel Cabrera being ridiculous and Victor Martinez growing back into his role, and we could see this team live up to its lofty preseason press.
As for the beer, we're nearing the stretch run of breweries while only just starting to scratch the surface with breweries. Unfortunately, one season is not enough to hit all the great beers Michigan has to offer, but the best way to learn about them is to drink them. And the best way to drink a lot of beer is a beer festival. I posted about CANvitational in the last post, but I know that there are multiple festivals around the country. With so many displaced Tigers fans using Bless You Boys as a hub to connect over our common love of Jim Leyland's mustache and beer, I hope that the comments for these posts can be a way to network and check out these festivals. It's always more fun to go with a group. Plus, you may be able to find a beer or six I may have missed.
Without further ado, here's the beer for this series: The 400 Divine Rabbits Agave Wheat from Greenbush Brewing Company.
The rather uniquely named beer uses a rather unique ingredient: agave nectar. If you're a tequila fan, you may recognize agave as the fruit traditionally fermented to produce tequila. In this beer, it adds a subtle sweetness that smooths out the initial sharp bite from the hoppiness, and the bouquet of malt gives way to a light, crisp, clean finish. Hazy and golden, the 6% ABV and 15 IBUs allow you to drink and enjoy this beer all series without feeling too bad for Trevor Plouffe being embarrassed by Verlander's changerup.
Greenbush Brewing Company is located in Sawyer, MI.