If the Giants keep winning, AT&T Park should be packed for the home stand that starts next Friday. This season, no longer will fans need to shell out big bucks for mediocre food inside the park when there's Traci Des Jardins
' Public House. She hand-picked local cicerone Eric Cripe
to select a home-run beer list that features 24 taps (including two cask-conditioned ales
! At a ballpark!) heavy on the Californians, and 24 bottles heavy on the imports. Best of all, the prices are actually cheaper at Public House than in the park, but you can carry your beer inside.
There are classics like Anchor Steam and Anchor Liberty
, both $6, and more daring options for washing down your Cracker Jacks such as North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
served on a nitro tap and Lost Abbey Inferno Belgian Strong Pale Ale
, both $8. But where Cripe and beverage manager Greg Stone really loaded the bases is with New Belgium's limited-availability American wild ale, Lips of Faith Eric's Ale
, a tart beer with a kiss of peach that makes sour beer fans smack their lips, while appealing even to those of us who are slower to warm to the sour beer trend. As for the bottle selection, we'd wager this is the only ballpark where you can score Rochefort 10
($11.50) or, to celebrate when the Giants pull off a sweep, Rodenbach Grand Cru
($22 for 750-ml).
Public House 24 Willie Mays Plaza, AT&T Park (King and Fourth St.), 644-0240