Suds taps give insight into Tigers, Giants fans

  • In this Oct. 24, 2012, photo, from left, Detroit Tigers fans Bruce Simpson, Trish Howell and Tim Perzyk drink beer at the Public House Bar outside of AT&T Park before Game 1 of baseball's World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Tigers in San Francisco. While the Fall Classic between the Giants and Tigers will be decided on the field, beer-obsessed fans will also be arguing about which team's stadium offers a better suds selection. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

SAN FRANCISCO — While the Fall Classic between the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers pits clubs from two very different cities, the distinctive style and taste of each team's partisans also pours through the beer taps at their ball yards.

In a trendy, gourmet food-and-drink obsessed place such as San Francisco, a generic "cold beer" at AT&T Park often doesn't cut the mustard as a companion to the stadium's pungent garlic fries or a Caribbean-style concoction called the Cha-Cha Bowl. Revelers can choose between 56 different beers inside the waterfront ballpark.

At Thursday's Game 2, hundreds of Giants fans waited in a long line to get into an adjoining ballpark bar that sells dozens of craft brews ranging from high-octane Belgian Trappist ales to a full suite of city-brewed Anchor Steam concoctions.

John Callaway, 50, stood crammed elbow-to-elbow at the bar with his friend Trisha Cruse, 53, sipping a hand-pumped, English-style cask bitters made special for the ballpark bar, the Public House, by San Francisco brewery Magnolia.

"I just like English bitters, and they are not easy to find, especially in a ballpark," Callaway said, grabbing his filled cup and heading toward the ballpark turnstile in the back of the bar.

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