Monday, March 1, 2010

On the Road Load – Destination: Dunedin, FL

The Fightins’ first road game of the spring takes them northwest to Dunedin to face the only remaining Canadian MLB franchise, the Toronto Blue Jays. The Blue Jays have been at Dunedin Stadium since 1990 and will be there for another 7 years on their current agreement. Since this is a team celebrating our neighbor to the north you can expect some Labatt Blue to quench your thirst. But nowadays you can only get Labatt in bottles as Budweiser and Bud Light reign supreme at the taps. There is even a Budweiser Select Lounge complete with a fully air-conditioned bar, televisions and leather couches. So if you need a break from the heat this would be the place to do it while enjoying the game.

Beer Bar/Beer Store: Dunedin House of Beer
Location: 927A Broadway
Distance from Dunedin Stadium: 0.7 mi/2 min
On Tap: 40
Bottles: Some but unknown amount

If you consider yourself a Craft Beer lover than look no further in Dunedin than the Dunedin House of Beer. With a tap list of 40 beers that change daily you will be amazed by the selection and quality. If you plan on spending a lot of time in this area make sure to sign up for there “Rail Card” which gets marked off after each tap you drink from. Drink from all 40 and you get t-shirt. Complete three of these cards and you get 20 free beers. They’ll even fill growlers if you happen to find that special beer to take home for the evening.

Beer Store: Luekens Big Town Liquors
Location: 944 Patricia Avenue
Distance from Dunedin Stadium: 1.8 mi/4 minutes
Bottles: a heck of a lot

Is it Rum you crave? Vodka? Brandy? Beer? They’re not lying when they named this place Big Town Liquors. The selection is so vast you’ll find yourself pacing back and forth trying to figure out what to and what not to buy. If you’re from the Philadelphia area you’ll certainly love the “mark-downs” on beer that is cheaper here than in the Keystone State. There is also a Luekens Big Town Liquors that recently opened up in Clearwater if you’re down there as well. They’re open early enough Monday-Friday (8 am) and late enough (10pm) for all your cravings. Stock up!

Bar: Flanagan’s Irish Pub
Location: 465 Main Street
Distance from Dunedin Stadium: 0.7mi/1min
Bottles: 15+
On Tap: 10+

Dunedin is a Scottish community but you don’t have to look far to find an Irish bar in town. Flanagan’s doesn’t overwhelm with the beer selection. But if you’re looking for a pint of the black stuff or some Magners you’ve come to the right place. They also serve beer from the local Dunedin Brewery so those of you who want some local flavor will have that to fall back on. Most likely you’ll want to partake in some of the Irish fare offered. From Shepard’s Pie to Bangers and Mash you’ll either be pining for the green landscapes of Ireland or thanking the Almighty you live in the US of A.

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