As the owner of “Designated Drinks,” my journey into the world of non-alcoholic craft beer and its impact on my Sunday night baseball beer league has been nothing short of remarkable. It’s a tale of transformation, shifting perceptions, and the power of choice that I never dreamed would transpire.
Picture this: A few years back when I quit drinking, I would show up at the baseball games with a small cooler filled to the brim with an assortment of non-alcoholic craft beers. Laughter and curious glances from the guys at the ballpark were the norm. Traditional beer cans like Miller Lite and Bud Light reigned supreme, and my quirky cooler seemed like an outlier in the sea of conventional choices.
Fast forward to today, and that once-mocked cooler is now a symbol of triumph and change. The same buddies who chuckled at my unique selection are now embracing the diverse range of non-alcoholic options I offer. It’s not just about avoiding alcohol anymore; it’s about savoring the camaraderie, enjoying a crisp and satisfying beverage, and feeling a part of the celebration without compromise.
The transformation didn’t happen overnight. It took persistence, dedication, and a deep belief in the value of offering choices that cater to a variety of preferences. I knew there were others like me, individuals who wanted to enjoy the game without the effects of alcohol, especially on a Sunday but still relished the ritual of cracking open a cold one.
The ripple effect of this change has been heartwarming. The laughter that used to greet my cooler has evolved into curiosity, admiration, and even emulation.
So, next time you see me at the game, proudly holding my cooler filled with non-alcoholic craft beer, know that it’s not just about what’s in the cooler – it’s about the journey, the friendships, and the evolving landscape of celebration. It’s about turning skepticism into triumph and laughter into unity. Here’s to the game, the boys, and my little blue cooler.