Spring is in the air, and while everyone else is enjoying the smell of flowers, baseball enthusiasts are waiting for the smell of beer and hot dogs and the sound of the bat as it cracks against a ball. Baseball is America’s pastime, and it’s not just because the game is fun. It’s an entire experience. From the moment you sit down and the first pitch is thrown, to the second your favorite snack is passed down the aisle to you, there’s nothing quite like it.
Nobody knows that like we do at Boss’ Pizza & Chicken. We first opened our doors as a pizza and chicken delivery restaurant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We were known for our late-night delivery, and today, we have seven locations, including a pizzeria and sports bar. From our breakfast menu (available at the sports bar only!) to our tried-and-true pizzas and specialty beers and drinks, one thing is for sure; if we know nothing else, we know about beer and food for baseball games!
Best Beers for Baseball Fans
Long days under the summer sun as you watch your favorite team run the bases stretch into cooler evenings under the stadium lights. Baseball is America’s pastime, and beer is America’s favorite baseball beverage. You could go for the classics, but what if you’re a connoisseur who prefers a variety of tastes? Our bartenders know exactly what you’ll need, whether you’re watching the game from one of our stools or heading in after a day at the ballpark. These are just some of the best beers for baseball.
Maybe you like “a little sumpin’ sumpin’.” So do we, and it happens to be the name of one of our favorite beers this season! A craft beer hailing from California, Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ is a wheat IPA with 7.5% alcohol by volume. The blend of hops and pale ale smells of fruity deliciousness are hard to beat. It also has a soft taste to begin with. Don’t worry, though; after the initial sweet flavor, this beer pleases your palate with a final aftertaste of hops.
If you’ve always wanted to call Wrigley Field your second home, you’ve probably had a cold can of Old Style at least once. If you haven’t, you’re missing out! A Chicago staple, Old Style was born as Golden Leaf in the 1890s and changed its name in 1902. Today, the traditional, light yellow pilsner is a sponsor of the Chicago Cubs and the perfect way to end your evening after a long day of baseball.
Maybe you’re watching your carb intake or simply want a lighter option that allows you to enjoy a few more during a doubleheader. We swear by Michelob Ultra. It calls itself the superior light beer for a reason! With just 95 calories and 2.6 carbs per 12-ounce bottle, this classic beer is 4.2 percent alcohol by volume and features no artificial colors or flavors. Crisp and clean, it tastes amazing and fits well with your active lifestyle.
Those extra-tense games need something a little spicy, and Unibroue’s Maudite delivers. Hailing from the Unibroue Brewery in Chambly, Quebec, this unique concoction is more than 8% alcohol by volume. The Belgian double-style ale, with a name that means “The Damned,” has been in production since 1992. Its red amber color smells of malt and orange, with hints of cloves, coriander, floral, and other spices. Lovers of this beer say it has a velvety taste that begins with caramelized sugar and marmalade and ends with a spicy, roasted flavor.
Finally, baseball lovers who prefer something that doesn’t taste like beer will likely enjoy Perennial’s Hopfentea. The seasonal beer is the perfect summer blend for baseball fans, featuring a mixture of spices and tropical fruit that slides perfectly into the tart wheat of the ale. Mango, lemongrass, papaya, and hibiscus make it an excellent choice for those high-humidity days. It features 4.2% alcohol by volume.
Best Foods to Eat While You Watch the Game
Imagine it’s the perfect summer day. The sun is shining down, you’ve got the best seats in the stadium, and your favorite team is in the lead on the field. In one hand is your favorite beer. What do you imagine is in the other? If it’s empty, you need to fill it with one of the best baseball foods. From the classics to the never imagined, we know a thing or two about which foods pair best with your beer and your baseball game.
Naturally, a classic has to be at the top of our list of favorites! You can’t go wrong with a hot dog. Whether you love ’em all-beef or prefer a vegetarian or vegan option, hot dogs are a lot more versatile than people realize. Traditionalists can go All-American with ketchup, mustard, and relish piled high, or dress it up with plenty of chili and shredded cheese, but there are other options as well.
Don’t miss out on the Chicago-style hot dog, nestled in a poppy seed bun and topped with plenty of yellow mustard, white onions, pickle relish, peppers, tomatoes, and a spear of dill pickle. If you want to try something even fancier, hot dogs taste amazing with steak sauce, ham and Swiss cheese, spicy mustard, sauerkraut, guacamole, nacho cheese and sour cream, and even crumbled potato chips. You can even make a pizza hot dog with marinara sauce, mozzarella, and mini pepperonis on top. Of course, you can’t go wrong with a corn dog, either!
Maybe you’re the type of person who prefers sweet snacks. There’s an entire song about going to the ballgame, and it mentions the treat that so many can’t pass up: Cracker Jack! The name brand has been around for more than 100 years and was once known for its in-the-box prizes. These days, caramel popcorn is just one example of the sweet and salty treat. Some places now offer gourmet popcorn recipes in flavors such as macadamia nut caramel corn, chocolate peanut butter caramel corn, and toffee caramel corn.
Of course, if there’s one thing we know, it’s pizza. I mean, it’s in the name! Giant slices of pizza are a popular item at any baseball game’s concession stand, not to mention an excellent choice when you’re heading to a sports bar after the game or to watch it on the big screen with your friends. The possibilities are practically endless with pizza.
There are the classic pepperoni and cheese for the traditionalists, and vegetarian and vegan options, complete with cauliflower crusts, for health-conscious people, or those with dietary restrictions. You can load a pizza up with marinara sauce, a dozen cheeses, and all your favorite vegetables, or you can stick to just the meats. Buffalo chicken or Hawaiian, the works, or just cheese: we make what you want.
Chances are, if you watch a baseball game with us, you’ll want to check out some of our specialty pizzas! Our bacon cheeseburger pizza saves you a decision and even includes pickles, while our breakfast pizza is the perfect choice for when the game starts early. Some of our other favorites include the Philly cheesesteak pizza, the chicken cordon bleu, or the Star City Special (complete with cream cheese).
Whether you’re watching the game from the stands and then heading out for a nightcap or you’re hanging out with us all day, the hardest decision you’ll need to make is which tasty foods you want to eat. If you’re having trouble, we’re here to help. We can even help you decide which of our favorite summer beers pair best with your meal choices.
Stop in and Grab Your Baseball Eats
What makes Boss’ Pizza & Chicken the best sports bar in Sioux Falls? The options! Pop in after spending a day in the stands for a pizza and some beers with your friends, or stay out of the heat and watch your favorite teams on one of more than a dozen big-screen HDTVs. We even have you covered if you’re hosting at home. Ask us about our catering services!