The Tigers will travel to Baltimore to play the Orioles starting tonight. Where the Tigers are in the standings is not all that surprising given their talent as well as having 21 home games to only 12 on the road. The Orioles are a little more surprising.
After a little over a month, they are a game and a half up on the Yankees thanks mostly to a 9-3 record in 1-run games and a 4-0 record in extra innings games. While this isn't the 2012 Buck Truck reincarnated, these games could be uncomfortable if the Tigers don't put them away early. They will be missing Matt Wieters behind the plate, and they are willingly paying Delmon Young, but this will still be a good series.
For the Beer of the Series, we're jumping across the bay onto the DelMarVa peninsula to one of my favorite breweries in the country. Dogfish head has been one of the strongest forerunners of the craft beer movement nationally out of a facility in, of all places, Delaware. Their stable of beers includes some great double and triple IPAs, but for this series, we're highlighting their fantastic Midas Touch ale.
The Midas Touch is an ancient ale based on ingredients found in a 2,700 year old tomb. The nose will be heavy on spices (saffron, nutmeg, coriander) with a slightly sweet, meady taste. The clear golden color and fluffy, open straw head will give notes of melon and biscuit as well as convey the bounty of papaya and chardonnay that will finish with a clean, dry mouthfeel. This beer pairs nicely with fish and chicken, especially spicy dishes, but at 9% ABV and 12 IBUs, this is not a beer to slam down a six pack of per game. Pace yourselves, and savor it.
Dogfish Head Brewing Company is located in Milton, DE. They have three tap rooms in the greater Chesapeake area. If you are near one, go. You will thank me later.