Favorite Friday: Washington Nationals Games

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Baseball season has finally begun! It seems like DC is extra excited this year. After our epic and cold winter, a DISMAL Redskins season, and a less than stellar showing from the Caps, there is renewed hope in the Nats and the promise of warm weather.

When you come from where I come from, professional sports are not really a thing you do. I went to plenty of minor league baseball games as a kid, but that’s all we had. Just a tiny stadium, and while the view of the mountains around that stadium is pretty killer, it’s just not a major league experience. At the first game every season, I find myself stopping and saying “Huh, I’m at a professional sporting event” and I get a little overwhelmed. Silly, I know- but this small town lady still marvels over big city stuff sometimes. It keeps the magic of DC alive, at least.

This season, I am most excited about all the new food and beer options in and around the stadium!  Since last season, two of my favorites, Bluejacket and Nandos have opened outside the stadium. In the past 5 years I’ve been going to games, the stadium has made a commitment to bringing local stuff  inside as well. This season, they’ve added G and even more local microbrew beer options  (3 Stars, DC Brau, Mad Fox, Atlas Brew Works). Last year, I officially decided that there is no better complement to baseball than 3 Stars Lemon Citra Saison. This decision was confirmed last Saturday. I was also tickled to notice that the stands inside the stadium are being renamed (or maybe I just noticed them?) with DC-esque puns.  Steak of the Union made me giggle.

  • My favorite thing: My favorite thing about going to games is just being outside, surrounded by my city-mates, soaking up sun, enjoying American’s favorite pastime. It’s more of a feeling, a full experience. I’m not the biggest baseball fan, I have a hard time paying attention to it for long periods of time, but I love going to games.
  • Why I keep going back: Well, the biggest reason is that the lady’s grandparents keep buying us tickets for Christmas, but more than that, it’s just the thing to do in the warm months. Tickets are more affordable that most other local sports. Someone else we know is always there to run into.
  • Thing I still haven’t tried yet: Next time I’m definitely trying G. It just opened up this season and it’s right behind the multi-game seats we have. One of these days, we’re going to take the water taxi from Old Town to a game.
  • Fun things about this place: The Presidents Race!! The bar area behind the Scoreboard and the $5 before-first-pitch happy hour. The local puns.

 

The Arsenal at Bluejacket (Navy Yard)

Photo Credit to my lovely girlfriend, C.

Photo Credit to my lovely girlfriend.

This place has become my new favorite and is probably my favorite brewery (brewpub) in DC right now. They have a huge selection of beer (20 on tap, 5 cask) of varying styles with plenty of sweeter, less-hoppy brews for me to enjoy. I can’t try any fewer than 4 beers when I’m here, because there are just so many that appeal to me. The first time we went was to brunch with an old friend and her beer-enthusiast boyfriend. It was a great time catching up with and exploring new beers with someone as equally as excited about finding new brews. The food was excellent too. Another win for The Neighborhood Restaurant Group.

 

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  • Favorite thing I’ve had: The Eggs in Purgatory for brunch. As for beers: The Betty, Nu Order, Mexican Radio, Siren Song.
  • Favorite thing she had: The Nutella donut. Siren Song.
  • Most interesting thing I want to try next time: I can’t wait to see what other beers they come up with, especially with it being almost time for summer brews.
  • What makes this place stand out: The space is a converted arsenal (hence the name), so it’s huge, industrial. There are 3 floors worth of fermentation tanks. It’s pretty incredible. It’s also one of the few places to go near Nats stadium.
  • How soon I’d go back (tomorrow/next week/next month/special occasions): Sometime between next week and next month (to give the draft list some time to turn over). I’m sure it will be a regular stop during baseball season.
  • Places to go afterward (what’s nearby): Buzz Bakery next door, a National’s game.