Bradenton has become a mecca for craft-beer drinkers, and that expertise is extending to LECOM Park this spring, as Darwin Brewing is prepping a special golden ale to mark 50 years of Pittsburgh Pirates training in the Florida city.
The family-owned Darwin Brewing Company — across the street from LECOM Park, at 803 17th Avenue West — has been a favorite of Pirates spring-training fans since the brewery opened its present location in 2014. Whether buying Darwin Brewing offerings at the ballpark or spending some time at the brewery before and/or after a game, the whole LECOM Park/Pirates experience now includes some local beer.
On tap for this coming spring training: a new golden ale to mark 50 years of Pirates spring training in Bradenton. (Yes, a golden ale for a golden anniversary.) It’s currently being brewed and will be ready for February games. From bradenton.com:
The specialty beer is a combination of malt and hops that will give the beer a golden color with a balance between sweet and bitter and a five percent alcohol by volume (ABV), Rosabal said.
The beer will measure between 22 and 25 bitterness units, a scale used to measure a beer’s bitterness. According to TheBrewEnthusiast.com, most beers have a rating of 5 and 120 on the International Bitterness Units scale.
“It’s going to be bright gold with a beautiful, vibrant white head on it and we’re super excited to be pouring it at spring training, here in the taproom and across the street at LECOM Park,” said Matt Cornelius, an owner and general manager of Darwin’s.
The new brew will also be on tap at Darwin Brewing. It’s not yet been named, so that’s the next step in the process.