Northwest Beer Guide: Washington Beer Guide: 2014: Atlas of Beer at Safeco Field. Seattle Mariners Regular Season.

"Since the Inaugural Game on July 15, 1999, Safeco Field has gained a reputation locally, regionally and nationally as a terrific setting for baseball and a great place for baseball fans. Sweeping views of Seattle's downtown skyline, breathtaking sunsets over Puget Sound, combined with excellent views of game action from all angles give fans at Safeco Field an experience unequalled in Major League Baseball." -Safeco Field history, Seattle Mariners http://seattle.mariners.mlb.com/sea/ballpark/

image of "Giants v Mariners" sourced, through Creative Commons, from jaycoxfilm's Flickr accountAbsorbing the quote for a moment it's hard to believe that Safeco Field will be 15 years old this July. During those 15 years 'The Safe' has seen the induction of radio legend Dave Niehaus, the Mariners becoming one of only 2 teams (since 1969) to have over 110 wins in a single season, Ichiro Suzuki breaking George Sister's 84 year-old hit record, and Felix "The King" Hernandez throwing the 23rd perfect game in Major League Baseball history. There are obvious omissions in the interest of summary. The fact is Safeco Field, much like the team have provided the Pacific Northwest with some wonderful memories.

During those same 15 years, the city of Seattle has enriched and inspired craft breweries to call the "Emerald City" their home. Today one only has to visit neighborhoods with names like Fremont, Ballard, So'Do (South Downtown), Pioneer Square, West Seattle, White Center, or Southpark. With names like Elysian, Fremont, Populxe, Big Al, or Odin; the city has benefited from so many locally-produced breweries.

But would you believe that for many years the only way to enjoy an Elysian Immortal India Pale Ale, Big Al Local Hero, or Schooner Exact Three Grid, was outside of Safeco Field? How could this happen? How could a ballpark, only a few blocks from Elysian Fields, not have a single drop of Elysian Immortal, Elysian The Wise ESB, or Elysian Fields Pale Ale?

image titled "Go Mariners!" sourced, through Creative Commons, from erinkohlenbergphoto's Flickr account.Lamentable as it might be, the beer selection at Safeco Field hasn’t been the most rewarding for the demanding imbiber. In fact the local beer selection, prior to 2003, was mostly comprised of heavyweights like Redhook Ales and Pyramid - while out-of-state breweries included New Belgium and Alaskan*.

Fast forward to 2010 and something of a renaissance has started, with the inclusion of more local breweries, as part of the regular draft / bottled lineup. In fact this year the Mariners will host over 70 locations where one can get a pint of India Pale Ale, Wit, Brown, or Pale Ale. With this in mind here's a non-static list of beers that can be found at Safeco Field. As with anything the list is subject to change in both availability and formt (bottled versus draft).

  • 7 Seas Cutt's NW Amber
  • Alaskan Amber Alt Bier
  • Alaskan APA American Pale Ale
  • Alaskan White Wit
  • American Brewing Breakaway IPA
  • Bale Breaker Field 41 Pale Ale
  • Bellevue Brewing ESB
  • Brewdog Punk IPA
  • Diamond Knot Brown Ale
  • Diamond Knot Industrial India Pale Ale
  • Hale's El Jefe Weizen
  • Elysian Hombre Mexican Lager
  • Elysian Immortal India Pale Ale
  • Elysian Men’s Room Red Ale
  • Fremont Summer Ale
  • Fremont Universale Pale Ale
  • Full Sail Cascade Pilsner
  • Georgetown Manny’s Pale Ale
  • Georgetown Porter
  • Harmon Expedition Amber Ale
  • Laurelwood Workhorse India Pale Ale
  • Mac & Jack’s Amber Ale
  • New Belgium Fat Tire Amber
  • New Belgium Ranger IPA
  • Ninkasi Total Domination IPA
  • No-Li Brewhouse Crystal Bitter
  • No-Li Spin Cycle Red Ale
  • Northwest Brewing Company Mangoweizen
  • Oskar Blues Dales Pale Ale
  • Rogue Dead Guy Ale
  • Samuel Adams Rebel IPA
  • Schooner Exact Profanity Hill Porter
  • Scuttlebutt Homeport Blonde
  • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  • Sierra Nevada Torpedo
  • Silver City Ridgetop Red
  • Silver City Saint Florian India Pale Ale
  • Skagit River Sculler India Pale Ale
  • Two Beers Jive Espresso Stout

To assist you, prior to purchasing that ticket, we have this guide on where each brewery’s beers are. Included are also the type of service (draft versus bottled) and also some subtle food pairing suggestions.

Section 105 – Beer Cart **22 ounce bottles

  • Diamond Knot Brown Ale
  • Elysian Men’s Room Red
  • Fremont Universale Pale Ale
  • Ninkasi Total Domination India Pale Ale
  • Rogue Dead Guy Ale

Section 108 – Rolling Roof Refreshments

  • Georgetown Manny’s Pale Ale

Section 109 – High Cheese Pizza

  • Georgetown Manny’s Pale Ale

Section 115 – Beer Cart

  • Georgetown Manny’s Pale Ale

Section 119 – Holy Smoke BBQ

  • Mac & Jack’s Amber Ale

Section 121 – Beer Cart

  • Silver City Ridgetop Red Ale
  • Schooner Exact West Point Pale Ale

Want something to pair with that Ridgetop Red? How about some Holy Smoke Barbecue Brisket or Pulled Pork. Or pair that West Point Pale Ale with some Ivar’s Fish and Chips.

image of "Last Pitch. Pefect Game" sourced, through Creative Commons, from jaycoxfilm's Flickr account

Section 129 – Beer Cart

  • Bale Breaker Field 41 Pale Ale
  • Goodlife Sweet As Pacific Ale

Section 131– Beer Cart

  • Georgetown Manny’s Pale Ale

Section 134 – Beer Cart

  • Laurelwood Workhorse IPA
  • 7 Seas Cutt's NW Amber Ale

Section 136 – Good Hops

  • 7 Seas Cutt's NW Amber Ale

  • Bale Breaker Field 41 Pale Ale

  • Fremont Summer Ale

  • Goodlife Sweet As Pacific Ale

  • Laurelwood Workhorse IPA

  • No-Li Empire 8 India Session Ale

  • Schooner Exact West Point Pale Ale

  • Skagit River Scullers IPA

Section 136 – Good Hops **22 ounce bottles

  • Diamond Knot Brown Ale
  • Rogue Dead Guy Ale
  • Fremont Universale Pale Ale
  • New Belgium Fat Tire Amber
  • New Belgium Ranger India Pale Ale
  • Ninkasi Total Domination India Pale Ale
  • Elysian Men’s Room Red

Section 140 – Beer Cart

  • Georgetown Manny’s Pale Ale

Section 147 – Beer Cart

  • Georgetown Manny’s Pale Ale

Section 150 – Beer Cart **22 ounce bottles

    • Diamond Knot Brown Ale
    • Elysian Men’s Room Red
    • Fremont Universale Pale Ale
    • Ninkasi Total Domination India Pale Ale
    • Rogue Dead Guy Ale

    Section 152 - Edgar’s Home Run Porch

    • Elysian Hombre Mexican Lager
    • Georgetown Manny’s Pale Ale
    • Laurelwood Workhorse IPA

    Section 152 - Edgar’s Tacos

    • Elysian Hombre Mexican Lager
    • Skagit River Scullers IPA

    Try either the Field 41 Pale Ale, Goodlife Sweet As Pacific Ale, or Fremont Summer Ale with something from “The Natural - Vegetarian & Gluten Free” or with Phad Thai from “Thai Ginger”. If you still have that Silver City Ridgetop Red Ale you might head over “Uncle Charlies Cheesesteaks”.

    Section 185 - Northwest Beer Bar

    • 7 Seas Cutt's NW Amber Ale
    • Bale Breaker Field 41 Pale Ale
    • Diamond Knot Industrial IPA
    • Fremont Summer Ale
    • Goodlife Sweet As Pacific Ale
    • No-Li Empire 8 India Session Ale

    Section 187 – Beer Cart

    • Fremont Summer Ale
    • Skagit River Scullers IPA

    Section 195– Beer Cart

    • Elysian Immortal India Pale Ale

    Swinging Wings, White Pizza (from APizza), or 3 Pork Carnitas Tacos from Edgar’s Cantina; should work beautifully with any of the Pale Ales. While the India Session Ales or Amber Ales should pair with the wings.

    Section 218 – Hot Stove Broiler

    • Georgetown Manny’s Pale Ale

    Section 212 – High Cheese Pizza

    • Georgetown Manny’s Pale Ale

    Section 223 – 1st Base Club Level Lounge

    • Mac & Jack’s Amber Ale

    Section 225 – Beer Cart **22 ounce bottles

    • Diamond Knot Brown Ale
    • Elysian Men’s Room Red
    • Fremont Universale Pale Ale
    • Ninkasi Total Domination India Pale Ale
    • Rogue Dead Guy Ale

    Section 241 – High Cheese Pizza

    • Georgetown Manny’s Pale Ale

    Section 242 - 3rd Base Club Level Lounge

    • Mac & Jack’s Amber Ale

    Section 245 – Beer Cart **22 ounce bottles

    • Diamond Knot Brown Ale
    • Elysian Men’s Room Red
    • Fremont Universale Pale Ale
    • Ninkasi Total Domination India Pale Ale
    • Rogue Dead Guy Ale

    Section 247 – Terace Bar

    • Bale Breaker Field 41 Pale Ale
    • Fremont Summer Ale
    • Georgetown Manny’s Pale Ale
    • Silver City Ridgetop Red Ale
    • Skagit River Sculler’s India Pale Ale

    Section 249 – Sound Seafood

    If you’ve managed to get into the Terrace Club, then we invite you pair your Manny’s or Bale Breaker with some Fish & Chips, Oyster Po Boy, or Oyster Sandwich. Or if you prefer we advise the Silver City Ridgetop Red or Fremont Summer Ale - with some Salmon Chowder or Salmon Sandwich. All you have to do is walk over to Sound Seafood and take a chance.

    Section 319 – Good Hops Beer

    • Diamond Knot IPA
    • Fremont Summer Ale
    • Georgetown Manny’s Pale Ale
    • Mac & Jack’s Amber Ale
    • New Belgium Fat Tire Amber
    • New Belgium Ranger India Pale Ale
    • Schooner Exact West Point Pale Ale
    • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    • Sierra Nevada Torpedo India Pale Ale
    • Silver City Ridgetop Red

    Section 319 – Good Hops Beer **22 ounce bottles

    • Diamond Knot Brown Ale
    • Rogue Dead Guy Ale
    • Fremont Universale Pale Ale
    • Ninkasi Total Domination India Pale Ale
    • Elysian Mens Room Red

    Section 327– Beer Cart

    • Elysian Immortal India Pale Ale

    Section 330 Good Hops Beer

    • New Belgium Fat Tire Amber
    • New Belgium Ranger India Pale Ale
    • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    • Sierra Nevada Torpedo India Pale Ale
    • Silver City Ridgetop Red

    Section 330 Good Hops Beer **22 ounce bottles

    • Diamond Knot Brown Ale
    • Rogue Dead Guy Ale
    • Fremont Universale Pale Ale
    • Ninkasi Total Domination India Pale Ale
    • Elysian Mens Room Red

    Same rules apply as they did with Section 121. Pair that Summer Ale or Ridgetop Red with some Holy Smoke (313) Pulled Pork or Brisket, while pairing those beers with a nearby Kidd Valley (325) burger isn’t a bad idea either. Otherwise I advice you take that West Point Pale over to Safeco Field Sausage (327) or High Point Pizza (329)

    Section 341– Beer Cart

    • Elysian Immortal India Pale Ale

    Section 349 - Lookout Landing Bar

    • Mac & Jack’s Amber Ale

    Section 349 - Lookout Landing Bar

    • Elysian Immortal India Pale Ale
    • Georgetown Manny’s Pale Ale

    Caught Looking Lounge at The ‘Pen

    • Diamond Knot IPA
    • Fremont Summer Ale
    • Laurelwood Workhorse IPA

    Edgar’s Cantina at The ‘Pen

    • Diamond Knot IPA
    • Elysian Hombre Mexican Lager
    • Georgetown Manny’s Pale Ale

    Edgar’s Torta’s at the ‘Pen

    • Elysian Hombre Mexican Lager
    • Georgetown Manny’s Pale Ale

    Long Bar at The ‘Pen

    • Georgetown Manny’s Pale Ale
    • Mac & Jack’s Amber

    Hit it Here Café **22oz Bottled Beer

    • American Brewing Breakaway India Pale Ale
    • Bellevue Brewing ESB
    • Brewdong Punk IPA
    • Diamond Knot Brown Ale
    • Green’s Discovery Gluten Free
    • Elysian Men's Room
    • Full Sail 26 Anniversary Cascade Pilsner
    • Fremont Universal Pale Ale
    • Hale’s Ales El Jefe Weizen Ale
    • Harmon Expedition Amber Ale
    • Ninkasi Total Domination India Pale Ale
    • Northwest Brewing Mangoweizen
    • No-Li Spin Cycle Red Ale
    • Oskar Blues Dales Pale Ale
    • Rogue Dead Guy Ale
    • Samuel Smith’s Organic Cider
    • Schooner Exact Profanity Hill Porter
    • Scuttlebutt Homeport Blonde
    • Two Beers Jive Espresso Stout

    "Cask ale or cask-conditioned beer is unfiltered and unpasteurized beer which is conditioned (including secondary fermentation) and served from a cask without additional nitrogen or carbon dioxide pressure."

    Cask Beers

    New to Safeco is the addition of cask-conditioned ales and beer from the bar top (aka firkin). Look for the following breweries to supply cask-conditioned beer, in both sections 128 (Main Concourse) and 132 Power Alley Beer Bar.

    Seattle

    • Georgetown Brewing
    • Fremont Brewing
    • Elysian Brewing
    • Schooner Exact Brewing

    Redmond

    • Black Raven Brewing

    Gig Harbor / Bremerton

    • 7 Seas Brewery
    • Silver City Brewing

    Mount Vernon / Mukilteo

    • Skagit River Brewery
    • Diamond Knot Brewery

    Spokane

    • No-Li Brewhouse

    Oregon (including Bend, Eugene, and Portland)

    • Goodlife Brewing
    • Oakshire Brewing
    • Laurelwood Brewing

    Beers in the Stands

    Finally be on the look out for vendors throughout the seats who will be selling New Belgium Fat Tire, New Belgium Ranger India Pale Ale, Hilliard’s, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, and Sierra Nevada Torpedo India Pale.

    *source, 2003 review by Jim Caple "Plenty of jewels in the Safe" **22 ounce beers are equal to 1 pint + 6 ounce of beer.

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