Ballas Point Brewing’s newely added Swingin’ Friar Ale takes home plate.
Beer: Swingin’ Friar Ale, “the official craft beer of the San Diego Padres,” has aromas of peach, berry, pine, grapefruit and other citrus fruits, biscuity malts and a crisp finish.
From: Ballast Point Brewing, San Diego.
Why: As if All-Star infielder Manny Machado’s Padres debut weren’t enough, here’s another reason to welcome the Friars’ 50th season, which kicked off on March 28.
Geeking out: 5.5% alcohol by volume; 40 International Bittering Units; Simcoe hops.
Seeking out: Swingin’ Friar is found at Petco Park, on draft at local restaurants and taverns, and in six-packs at retailers.
Freaking out?: Relax. The other Padres-themed beer, AleSmith’s .394 Pale Ale, is still sold at Petco Park and around town.