A Call to the Beer Pen
Friday evening I enjoyed a lovely happy hour on 8th Street (a delightful corridor for pre-game mingles) before enjoying the 15-minute stroll to the Stade. I will take a slight tangent here and say that I really did enjoy that stroll. It's not redeveloped to the nines yet and you get a fascinating glimpse into that old military brickyard architecture. I'll be sad when it's just an overpriced loft farm.
In any case, my Grounds Crew mission for the evening was to learn more about the MillerLite Beer Pen, which was alluded to by commentator "Section 419+1" in my last posting. (Thank you, Section 419+1, for your actually helpful comments). My seats being along the first base line, I never really had any reason to walk that other section coming from the Red Porch, which is why I had little prior exposure to the MillerLite Beer Pen.
I was delighted to see those terraced, standing-height tables looking down on left field and thought it would be the perfect place to perch before heading to 321, but, alas, it was indeed closed off for what is an every-Friday MillerLite promotional event.
The very enthusiastic team of mini-skirt-clad MillerLite girls explained to me in great detail how it works: You sign up to be on a special e-mail list, in which you are made privvy to a set of Miller Lite events at local watering holes that week. If you go to an event, you have the chance to win raffles prizes, including tickets to the game and free beer. The winners get in to the special Beer Pen and enjoy their very own Miller Time for the entire game.
While I will say with pride that Miller Lite is my favorite of the "big three" light beers, usually a couple of free ones wouldn't necessarily impress me as much of a corporate promotional event. But then when you realize their $7.50-a-pop status at the park, I will definitely go ahead and give Miller Brewing a pat on the back for its generosity.
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