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HarbourCats games will be  a “Riot” in 2019 – New Beer Partner, Players Added to Roster

Award-winning Island brewery to provide the suds starting in 2019.

January 21, 2019

VICTORIA, B.C. – The Victoria HarbourCats are excited to announce the addition of a new, award-winning name to the roster – Riot Brewing Co.

Partnering with one of Vancouver Island’s most buzz-worthy craft breweries will make for a new attitude when HarbourCats games start again at Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park on June 1, 2019.

The HarbourCats and Riot Brewing (riotbrewing.com), which has quickly made a name for itself from its base in Chemainus, have entered into a multi-year deal to be the primary beer provider for West Coast League games, as the team enters its seventh season.

“The approach Riot takes to marketing and creating a memorable atmosphere, while being responsible and respectful of the demographics of our events, will be a great match for us as we build the next stage of HarbourCats baseball,” said Jim Swanson, Managing Partner of the HarbourCats.

“We’re growing — so is Riot. We’re thankful for the interest of so many who wanted to be our beer partner, it shows where we’ve come in six years — and we’re so thankful to Spinnakers for partnering with us for six years. This was an exciting process that showed where our brand now sits on Vancouver Island, and it’s exciting to see a company like Riot earn so much respect so quickly in the South Island region, not just north of the Malahat.”

Riot Brewing Co. will produce a HarbourCats-branded beer and will showcase some of its fast-growing brands during games — including Lipslide Lager, Junk Punch IPA, and Life Partners Pale Ale. “Partnering with the HarbourCats and the excitement they create at their games is a perfect fit for us and we feel fortunate to have earned this opportunity,” said Aly Tomlin, co-owner of Riot Brewing Co. with Ralf Rosenke. “Our marketing team will have a lot of fun with this and we’re already putting some ideas into place that will add value to the games. The HarbourCats are tops in their league in attendance year-after-year for a reason, something we’re proud to be a part of.”

Riot Brewing Co. was conceived in 2009 when Tomlin and Rosenke hatched the crazy idea of opening a brewery. That crazy idea turned into an epic journey that took 7 years. Although incorporated in 2013, it wasn’t until the right investor was found in 2015, that the brewery moved closer to becoming a reality, finally opening its doors in November 2016, in Chemainus, BC. Head Brewer Fabian Specht, formerly of Central City Brewers & Distillers and Howe Sound Brewing, joined the team in early 2016 and embraced Riot’s commitment to sessionable, true-to-style beers. Riot Brewing Co. beers can be found on Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and throughout BC, for now. Riot beer has won awards at the World Beer Cup, Canadian Brewing Awards, and BC Beer Awards, and the business has been recognized by numerous local community and business organizations for its commitment to the Cowichan Valley.

Be sure to try Riot’s most recent release, their Sour Outage Passionfruit Plum Dark Sour (4.5% abv, 6 IBU), which was born out of a near disaster that struck the brewery last month.

Due to the record-setting windstorms that hit the coast of British Columbia in late December, Riot lost power just as a 2,000 litre batch of beer was about to be boiled. With some quick thinking, the brewers pitched some Lactobacillus to sour the wort at room temperature, and started the boil when power was restored three days later, hoping for the best.

Luckily, the experiment was successful, and following the addition of several other ingredients, Sour Outage Passionfruit Plum Dark Sour was deemed ready for release. Wholesale orders for Sour Outage are already sold out, and the limited release will be available later this month in 650 ml bottles at select liquor stores and the brewery while supplies last.

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HARBOURCATS BOLSTER ROSTER WITH ARMS, OFFENCE

The HarbourCats are pleased to be adding more players to the 2019 roster, preparing for another season of exciting baseball at Wilson’s Group Stadium at RAP — including two Canadian players.

–OF Ty Schindel (top right), Victoria, BC., Junior at San Diego Christian College (NAIA), 6-0/190.  Schindel is the top offensive player at SDCC, and has been an impact player in Moose Jaw in the WMBL, a lower-level summer league. He’ll bring power and work ethic and should come in ready from being leaned upon to lead SDCC’s offence.

–IF/OF Nick Adams, Peoria, IL, Freshman at Yavapai JC (AZ), 6-2/200. Adams is a rare combination of speed, power and a big arm in the field, bringing versatility with his 6.6 time in the 60.

–RHP Chase Stewart, Abbotsford, B.C., Junior at Cincinnati (NCAA-D1), 5-111/175. Stewart is a product of the Abbotsford Cardinals, moving to North Iowa JC and earning a spot with University of Cincinnati with his 90+ velocity, working out of the bullpen.

–RHP Hunter Hennigh, Alameda, CA, Sophomore at Pomona-Pitzer (NCAA-D3), 5-10/190. Hennigh follows last year’s all-star Tyler Yoshihara, who may return this summer, as a hard-throwing recruit from Pomona-Pitzer, an arm the Sagehens will count on this spring.

–C/Util Jarrett Gonzales, San Antonio, TX, Sophomore at Grayson CC (JC), 5-11/190. Gonzales, drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 19th round in 2016, hit .286 in 30 games last spring.

–IF Andrew Meggs, Raleigh, NC, Sophomore at Creighton (NCAA-D1), 5-11/170. The athletic Meggs is nephew of Washington Huskies head coach Lindsay Meggs, cousin to former HarbourCats coach Joe Meggs.

–RHP DJ Peters, Mesa, AZ, Sophomore at Scottsdale CC, 6-0/160.  Peters comes from the baseball factory area in AZ, son of former AAA pitcher Don Peters.

–RHP Ryan Windham, Castle Rock, CO, Freshman at Creighton (NCAA-D1), 6-1/175. Windham has a 90+ fastball and some project as a bullpen force.

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2019 SEASON TICKETS, SINGLE GAME TICKETS and 10-GAME FLEX PACKS NOW ON SALE!

2019 Season Tickets, Single Game tickets and 10-game Flex Packs are now on sale!  Book you seats now to avoid disappointment, especially on our popular fireworks nights!

2019 Season Ticket Pricing

(includes 27 league games, all exhibition games, first right of refusal on purchase of playoff tickets)

  • General Admission – $350
  • Premium Reserved (Sections 6-9 and 11-12 along baselines) – $450
  • Grandstand Reserved (Section 10 behind home plate Row E to N) – $500
  • Campbell Real Estate Club Seats (Section 10 Rows A-D) – $650
  • Diamond Club (Field Level) – $725 (Inquire for Availability)

2019 10-game Flex Packs are also on sale at the same prices as 2018 – $120 for 10 General Admission vouchers and $175 for 10 Premium Reserved Vouchers.

To order season tickets or 10-game flex packs, drop in to the office at 1814 Vancouver Street (open 10 AM to 5 PM Monday thru Friday), or give us a call at 778-265-0327.  You can also e-mail Christian J. Stewart, our Assistant General Manager, Ticketing and Media at chris@harbourcats.com.

SINGLE GAME TICKETS can now be ordered on-line at http://harbourcats.ticketrocket.co or by dropping in to the HarbourCats offices.

OFF-SEASON OFFICE HOURS

Our off-season office hours at 1814 Vancouver Street are now 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Tuesday through Friday. We are closed (or by appointment only) on Monday, Saturday and Sunday.

101-1814 Vancouver Street, Victoria, BC V8T 5E3
Phone: 778-265-0327
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