Introducing the Carolina Micro Brews. Our new look for four nights this season, paying homage to our affiliation with the @Brewers and our area’s rich history of micro breweries.#GoMudcats pic.twitter.com/QDT7NGMBEb
— Carolina Mudcats (@CarolinaMudcats) February 23, 2019
Zebulon. It sounds like a Star Trek planet. Luckily, it’s on earth, Zebulon, N.C. (about 25 miles from Raleigh). There, the Carolina Mudcats are a proud Carolina League Class-A Advanced baseball club. I bring this to our collective attention because during this upcoming 2019 season the club will be changing its name for four games to the Carolina Micro Brews, paying homage to its Major League affiliate, the Milwaukee Brewers. From the website!
“We’re so excited to introduce this new Brewers-inspired look for the Mudcats this season” said Director of Promotions and Fan Experience, Patrick Ennis. “This new look maintains the Mudcats brand, but also recognizes our parent organization, the Milwaukee Brewers. It ties in locally with North Carolina being home to so many microbreweries and a great hub for the craft beer culture.”
The major league Brewers, of course, pay homage to Milwaukee’s great brewing heritage, and the Brew Crew has played in Miller Park since the early 2000s. So, what brands of beer will the Carolina Micro Brews serve? According to the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild, the Tar Heel State boasts the largest number of craft breweries in the American South, with more than 300, so we reached out to the Mudcats to see what they’d be serving up this season.
“We’re still finalizing a few contracts, but right now we will serve local beers from Red Oak Brewery [Whitsett, N.C.], Deep River Brewing Co. [Clayton, N.C.] and Foothills Brewing [Winston-Salem, N.C.],” said Greg Young, Mudcats/Micro Brews director of media relations. “We should also have Miller Lite and Yuengling available.”
The first Carolina Micro Brews game is scheduled for Sat., April 13, and will feature a souvenir Micro Brews replica jersey giveaway for the first 1,200 fans through the club’s Five County Stadium gates. The Mudcats have already unveiled new on-field caps and jerseys during a public event held at Oak City Brewing Co. in Knightdale, N.C. You can purchase some of that swag right here, and here’s the deets on that jersey.
The all-new Micro Brews moniker and brand features a blue and yellow color scheme designed after the Brewers. The new cap logo features an interlocking “M” and “B” logo for Micro Brews, while the jersey logo reads Micro Brews with a hop flower dotting the letter “i” in Micro. The front of the jersey also features the Mudcats logo and uniform number. The left-sleeve also features the interlocking M and B logo placed on a yellow and blue barrel, as well as blue and yellow piping along the edges of the sleeves.
Here’s the schedule of games
- April 13 vs. Wilmington, 5:00 PM: Micro Brews Night, Magnet Schedule Giveaway, Replica Jersey Giveaway
- May 9 vs. Fayetteville, 7:00 PM: Micro Brews Night, Thirsty Thursday, Plastic Beer Stein Souvenir Giveaway
- June 6 vs. Salem, 7:00 PM: Micro Brews Night, Thirsty Thursday
- August 1 vs. Down East, 7:00 PM: Micro Brews Night, Thirsty Thursday, Bottle Opener Souvenir Giveaway