The 2016 Mariners Season Food & Drink Preview At Safeco Field

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Yesterday afternoon I attended this year’s food and drink preview for the 2016 Seattle Mariners‘ Season at Safeco Field, courtesy of the Seattle Mariners, Centerplate and Ethan Stowell Restaurants.  Over the past few years, watching baseball at the Safe has become synonymous with enjoying delicious food and what is probably the best beer selection found in any major league ball park in the nation.  I have for you the complete list of beers available this year (including the first ever Sour beer to be served in any major league ball park), and where you’ll be able to find them around the stadium.

I’ll also fill you in on this year’s food offerings, which did not disappoint.  Whether you’re hungry for sandwiches, sausages, wings or more, you’ll find something delicious to enjoy while cheering on the M’s this season.  My favorite was probably the Porchetta sandwich.  I’ll go over each food item for you to whet your appetite.

First, the beer.  This year, draft beer at Safeco will be served in 16 oz and 24 oz sizes, with 12 oz and 20 oz sizes no longer being offered.  That means more beer for your buck, with 16 oz prices set at $9 for domestic beers ad $10 for premium beers.  The 24 oz price will be $12.

New Canned Beers For This Season

New Canned Beers For This Season

Here are the new canned beers you’ll find this year at Safeco:

  • 16 oz. Ghostfish Brewing Pale Ale (gluten-free) – Seattle, WA
  • 16 oz. Iron Horse Brewing Irish Death Ale – Ellensburg, WA
  • Fremont Brewing Interurban IPA – Seattle, WA
  • Red Hook ESB – Woodinville, WA
  • Red Hook Long Hammer IPA – Woodinville, WA
  • Kona Brewing Longboard Lager – Kona, HI
  • Victory Brewing Summer Ale – Downington, PA
  • Stone Brewing Arrogant Bastard IPA – San Diego, CA
  • Leinenkugel Brewing Grapefruit Shandy – Chippewa Falls, WI
  • Henry Weinhard’s Brewing Orange & Ginger Hard Soda – Golden, CO
  • Two Beers Seattle Cider – Seattle, WA

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Can of domestic beers will be available as well for $6 each with options like Miller High Life, Hamm’s, Keystone Light, Icehouse and Milwaukee’s Best.  You’ll find 16 oz cans of Miller High Life, Rainier and Tecate ad the Hit It Here Cafe.  There’s also ‘Happy Hour In The ‘Pen’ where, up to an hour before the first pitch, all 16 oz beers in The ‘Pen are just $6.  The ‘Pen opens 2 1/2 hours before game time.

Here is the full list of (mostly) local breweries you’ll find at Safeco Field this year:

Jawja Sour Peach Ale On Tap From Schooer Exact Brewing

Jawja Sour Peach Ale On Tap From Schooer Exact Brewing

I’d like to give a shout out to Schooner Exact Brewing who have the unique distinction of supplying the first ever Sour beer to be served at any major league stadium (Section 129).  You’ll find Jawja Peach (say it like you’re saying ‘Georgia’ with a heavy Georgian accent) on draft .  This mildly sour Berlinner Weisse will really hit the spot at those warm summer afternoon games.

Cask ales this year can be found at Section 129 and will feature the following breweries:

  • Black Raven Brewing – Redmond, WA
  • Diamond Knot Brewing – Mukilteo, WA
  • Georgetown Brewing – Seattle, WA
  • Laurelwood Brewing – Portland, OR
  • Schooner Exact  – Seattle, WA
  • Naked City Brewing – Seattle, WA
  • Silver City Brewing – Bremerton, WA
  • Machine House Brewing – Seattle, WA
  • Stoup Brewing – Seattle, WA

Draft and canned beer locations:

Chef Ethan Stowell

Chef Ethan Stowell

You can’t drink beer without eating, right?  So now let’s take a closer look at the featured menu items you’ll find at Safeco this year from Chef Ethan Stowell and his amazing team.  This year’s selections feature cheeses from Beecher’s Cheese, meats from Hempler’s Meat Company and breads from Baker Boys Northwest Bakery.

Here is the full list of local food suppliers this year for Safeo Field:

  • A la Mode Pies
  • Baker Boys Northwest Bakery
  • Ballard Bee Co.
  • Bay Valley Farms
  • Beecher’s Cheese
  • Bonache Hot Sauce Company of Ballard
  • Britt’s Pickles Pike Place Market
  • Carlton Farms Pork
  • Draper Valley Poultry
  • Field Roast
  • Franz Bakery
  • Hempler’s Meat Company
  • La Mexicana
  • Northwest Grass Fed Beef Company
  • Rainier Ranch Beef
  • Rob Roy Seattle
  • Rogue Creamery
  • Snoqualmie Ice Cream
  • Sweet Iron Waffles
  • Tails & Trotters Pork
  • Taylor Shellfish
  • Tillamook Dairy Co-op
  • Zoe’s Meats

Here are this year’s featured food items:

You can find the following sandwiches at ‘The Sultan of Sandwich’ (Main Level – Section 105):

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Porchetta Sandwich $12.00
Locally-sourced pork rubbed with salt and fennel pollen and hand-rolled in pork belly, finished with caper and basil pesto, served on a Franz Bakery ciabatta roll.

This was my favorite selection on this year’s preview menu.  The porchetta was spiced right and went quite well with the caper and basil pesto.

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Prime Rib Sandwich $12.00
Shaved Rainier Ranch prime rib beef drizzled with horseradish cream, served on a Franz Bakery ciabatta roll.

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Porchetta or Prime Rib and Chips $12.00
Porchetta or Prime Rib served over house-made Idaho russet kettle chips topped with either caper pesto and gorgonzola cheese, or horseradish cream and gorgonzola cheese sauce.

These were amazing.  They sort of reminded me of nachos, but done on kettle chips rather than corn chips.  They also, of course, pair wonderfully with the prochetta or prime rib sandwich.

You can find the following sandwiches at ‘The Big Cheese’ (Main Level – Section 111):

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The Big Cheese $8.00
Beecher’s Cheese Just Jack cheese with Hempler’s Meats cottage-style bacon and sliced tomato on buttered and toasted Baker Boys Bakery brioche bread. Served with Tim’s Cascade Chips.

This was a hearty grilled cheese.  The cheese was quite thick and the cottage-style bacon and tomato complimented it well.  The thick-sliced brioche bread had a satisfying crispness but wasn’t over-toasted.

Beecher’s Cheese Just Jack Grilled Cheese $7.00
Beecher’s Cheese Just Jack cheese on buttered and toasted Baker Boys Bakery brioche bread. Served with Tim’s Cascade Chips.

Find this next item at ‘High Cheese Pizza & Wings’ (five locations around the stadium – 109, 132, 141, 241, 312, 329):

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Rotisserie-style Chicken Wings $9.75
Rotisserie-style hot wings served with bleu cheese dressing & choice of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce.

Not that I’m calling chicken wings health food by any means, but it’s nice that these wings are done rotisserie style rather than deep fried.  You can eat them ‘naked’ or add your choice of different hot sauces from Frank’s Red Hot.

Find this next item at ‘Safeco Field Sausage’ (five locations around the stadium – 115, 131, 136, 146, 327, 339):

 

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Hempler’s Meats Sausage Double-Smoked Polish, Hot Link & Jalapeno Cheddar Andouille Sausage $9.50

Just look at the picture.  Yes.  It tasted as good as it looks.

Find this next item at ‘Sweet Iron Waffles’ (Section 136 – Hall of Fame Area):

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Authentic Liege Belgian waffles with powdered sugar or dipped in white or dark chocolate.
Plain $5.00
Topped $6.00

Sugar rush anyone?  The chocolate they dip these in is super thick.

Also, at the ‘Terrace Club Lounge’ you can find Deep Eddy Vodka Slushies made with Deep Eddy flavored vodka for $10.50.

With a lineup like that, I think it’s safe to say you won’t go hungry or thirsty when you come out this year to cheer on the Mariners.  This year’s home opener is coming up a week from Friday, April 8th against the Oakland A’s.  Come on out to the game, grab yourself a great beer, some great food and cheer the Mariners on to victory.  To see more photos from this preview event, look HERE on Facebook.

Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.

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