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Their latest brew is rooted in baseball and bobbleheads

Tim Dillard is a renaissance man of sorts — professional baseball player, comedian, social media guru, TV analyst. He can now add brewer (sort of) to his resume.

On Friday, Sept. 21, at 3 p.m., Broken Bat Brewing Co. (231 E. Buffalo St.) releases @Dim Tillard Very Pale Ale, a limited brew named after the pitcher who was drafted by the Brewers in 2001.

The Player/Comedian

Dillard has compiled a Crash Davis-like career during 16 seasons spent solely in the Brewers’ organization. He’s pitched mainly at Triple-A, although he’s had more than a few cups of coffee in the big leagues. The righthander has appeared in 73 games as a Milwaukee Brewer, the latest stint in 2012.

On the diamond, Dillard has been gainfully employed for nearly two decades, but he’s earned plenty of notice for his off-the-field interests. He’s amassed a solid social media following thanks mainly to his hilarious videos that provide a humorous take on life in the minor leagues.

Dillard even has a bobblehead in his likeness (a sure sign of success), and that’s where his association with Broken Bat began.

The Brewing Partner

In late January, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum hosted an event at Broken Bat promoting the new Dillard bobblehead. After the event, brewery owners Tim Pauly and Dan McElwee shared a few beers with Dillard and ideas started happening.

“We asked if he would ever be interested in co-branding a beer with us, and he was super excited about the idea,” said Pauly. “[Dillard] is a huge hop-head and loves pale ales. So from there, we talked on the phone every few weeks to come up with a specific recipe that he created, worked on a label that he helped design top to bottom, and picked a release date that worked for everyone.”

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Added Dillard: “I have never brewed one ounce of beer, but that does not suggest that I don’t appreciate all the heroes that brew. My oldest brother brewed in college, but it was just okay. Sorry, Jeff.”

Photo courtesy of Broken Bat Brewing Co.

The Beer

Pauly describes @Dim Tillard Very Pale Ale as juicy with a bitter bite on the end. The slightly hazy beer comes in at a potent 9.1% ABV.

“Dan gave me a sneak tasting of the special brew and I was immediately humbled,” said Dillard. “These guys have put together a powerful, refreshing, but not too heavy pale ale.”

Dillard will be at Broken Bat on Friday night to shake hands and talk about his brewing prowess.

“I’m honestly not this cool, but these moments have made me feel like I’m way more important than I am,” he added. “And it’s great!”


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