Slugging back a couple cold beers on a hot day is as much a part of baseball as peanuts, Cracker Jacks and screaming insults to the opposing team’s left fielder from the bleachers. Now, the Atlanta Braves, with a little help from the local Terrapin Beer Company, has found a way to intertwine beer and baseball even more intimately: For the 2017 season, the Braves’ SunTrust Park will be serving up Chopsecutioner, a beer aged on baseball bats.
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Before your stomach starts turning at the idea of beer soaking in bats covered with the remnants of dirt, pine tar and sweaty second baseman palms, know that no actual bats are used in the process. Instead, the brew is aged on the wood shavings left over from the process sports brand Mizuno uses to make the equipment – a relieving technicality. “We brew the Chopsecutioner and after the fermentation we transfer the beer onto the wood chips and then cool the beer down and age it,” Terrapin brewmaster Brian “Spike” Buckowski explained to CBS Sports. “There’s some waste from bats from when they spin them down or carve them down and that’s the product that we use to age the beer. The wood chips from them making the bats.”