Today's the last game of the 2018 Sonoma Stompers season. In June I was invited to see a game and had my first experience at Palooza Park at Arnold Field.
As befits Sonoma wine country, the food and drink selection at the ballgame is pretty amazing.
Right next to the entrance is the Slice Shack, selling Mary's Pizza and beverages.
A Vienna Beef cart is parked there too hawking Chicago hot dogs.
My friend Ben Sessions had the honor of throwing out the first pitch. Unbeknownst to me, he had owned this mound as pitcher for his high school team.
The slow pace of baseball games makes it easy to wander around and check out the refreshment stands. Opposite the third base line is a more extensive concession stand operated by Kenwood's Palooza Brewery and Gastropub, a wine lounge and a beer garden.
Palooza is equipped with a wood-burning oven, charcoal grill and deep-fryers to prepare a pretty extensive menu. And it offered even more craft beers on tap than listed here.
I started with wood-fired Oysters Rockefeller that were pretty good and a Yerba Mate.
For the next round, a Henhouse Saison and a hand-dipped, cooked-to-order corn dog.
The corn dog was the best I've had in ages with a less sweet batter than typical that was cooked to a crusty brown.
Thank you, Sonoma Stompers, for the hospitality.
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