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It’s almost Opening Day for Sips and Sea Dogs!

Springtime brings our beloved Portland Sea Dogs back on to Hadlock Field and we begin our season of Friday night Sips and Sea Dogs tours!

We are now well under 30 days from the start of the minor league baseball season here in Portland.

The Portland Sea Dogs are the AA Eastern League affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. The team plays in Portland at Hadlock Field, a picturesque park that is known for great game experience and even better minor league baseball.

They open their 2016 season Thursday April 7th in Reading, PA against the Fightin Phils. Then on Thursday April 14th they have their home opener at 6pm against the Hartford Yard Goats.

Last year, our Sports Tours team created the Sips and Sea Dogs tour before select Friday night Portland Sea Dogs games. The alcohol tour and game ticket combo was a big hit. This year, our Sips and Sea Dogs tours will happen before every Friday night home game!

Leaving from Slugger’s statue in front of the Hadlock at 3pm, guests will enjoy a three stop tour of area breweries, wineries, and distilleries before returning back to Hadlock Field 30 minutes before first pitch.

When the game times move from 6pm to 7pm in the summer, we will venture a little further out and visit locations on Industrial Way, Westbrook, and South Portland.

You will learn about each business, meet owners and staff, take brief tours (if available), and have an opportunity to sample their craft alcohol products. In the middle of the tour you will enjoy a local snack from Ten Ten Pie to tide you over until the game.

Our founders Zach and Allison Poole are ready for Sea Dogs Baseball.

And if you decide to purchase local craft alcohol for later consumption at home, rest assured that your treats will be secured for you by the Sea Dogs before entering the arena and can be safely picked up after the game.

Each ticket includes one Portland Sea Dogs reserved game ticket for each individual, and also a coupon good for 20% off items in the Team Store at Hadlock Field!

Tours will happen rain or shine and will be canceled or refunded if that night’s game is already postponed. Tickets are limited to 13 for each game and are priced at $45 per person. All guests must be at least 21 years of age at the time of the tour in order to participate.

Here is the schedule of Sips and Sea Dogs tours (with initial tentative stops) this season:

Friday Apr 15 3:00pm – Jackie Robinson Day [Tour Tickets]
Sea Dogs vs. Hartford Yard Goats (COL) at 6:00pm – Lone Pine Brewing, Urban Farm Fermentory/Gruit, Bunker Brewing Company

Friday Apr 22 3:00pm [Tour Tickets]
Sea Dogs vs. Hartford Yard Goats (COL) at 6:00pm – Rising Tide Brewing, Maine Mead Works, Oxbow Blending and Bottling

Friday Apr 29 3:00pm – Teacher Appreciation Night [Tour Tickets]
Sea Dogs vs. Reading Fightin Phils (PHL) at 6:00pm – Fore River Brewing, Urban Farm Fermentory, Lone Pine Brewing

Guests from a Sips and Sea Dogs tour last year competing in an on field promotion.

Friday May 13 3:00pm – Civil Rights Night [Tour Tickets]
Sea Dogs vs. Binghamton Mets (NYM) at 6:00pm – Rising Tide Brewing, Maine Mead Works, Bunker Brewing Company

Friday May 27 3:00pm – Home Theater Giveaway and Fireworks [Tour Tickets]
Sea Dogs vs. Hartford Yard Goats (COL) at 6:00pm – Fore River Brewing, Urban Farm Fermentory/Gruit, Lone Pine Brewing

Friday Jun 10 3:00pm – Home Theater Giveaway and Maine Dairy Night [Tour Tickets]
Sea Dogs vs. Richmond Flying Squirrels (SFG) at 7:00pm – Bissell Brothers Brewing, Cellardoor Winery, Fore River Brewing

Friday Jun 24 3:00pm – Flat Screen Friday [Tour Tickets]
Sea Dogs vs. Reading Fightin Phils (PHL) at 7:00pm – Foundation Brewing, New England Distilling, Austin Street Brewery

Friday Jul 1 3:00pm – Flat Screen Friday and Maine Tourism Association Night [Tour Tickets]
Sea Dogs vs. Hartford Yard Goats (COL) at 7:00pm – Bunker Brewing Company, Fore River Brewing, Bissell Brothers Brewing

Friday Jul 15 3:00pm – Flat Screen Friday and Maine Lottery Night [Tour Tickets]
Sea Dogs vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats (TOR) at 7:00pm – D.L. Geary Brewing, New England Distilling, Foundation Brewing

Friday Jul 22 3:00pm – Flat Screen Friday [Tour Tickets]
Sea Dogs vs. Binghamton Mets (NYM) at 7:00pm – Bissell Brothers Brewing, Hardshore Distilling, Oxbow Blending and Bottling.

Friday Aug 5 3:00pm – Flat Screen Friday [Tour Tickets]
Sea Dogs vs. Akron Rubber Ducks (CLE) at 7:00pm – Austin Street Brewing, New England Distilling, Foundation Brewing

Friday Aug 26 3:00pm – Flat Screen Friday and Bark in the Park [Tour Tickets]
Sea Dogs vs. Trenton Thunder (NYY) at 7:00pm – Fore River Brewing, Cellardoor Winery, Bissell Brothers Brewing

Want to join the team and get your tickets for an upcoming tour? They are on sale now on our website by following this link.

Yours truly ringing up Jorgen and Pietro from Craft Beer Cellar.

Don Littlefield is the General Manager of The Maine Brew Bus, and although he is an ASA softball umpire he is clearly outdone by three cousins in his family who all work in professional baseball. He enjoyed a Foundation Brewing Epiphany Maine IPA while preparing this post. Twitter: @BeerinME

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