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Photo Courtesy of Karbach Brewing Company

In just one month, the Major League Baseball season will unofficially kick off, as pitchers and catchers begin to report for camp in Arizona and Florida.  What better way to get excited for the return to baseball than a beer inspired by your team – well, at least if you’re a Houston Astros fan.

Over the last couple of years, professional sports teams collaborating with breweries has become a trend – for instance, Boulevard Brewing Company has teamed up with the Kansas City Royals and Devils Backbone has teamed up with the Washington Redskins to sell unique brews in the stadium.  The latest partnership comes from Houston-based Karbach Brewing Company and the Astros as the two announced late last week a new beer to their lineup, Crawford Bock, which is a play on the name of Minute Maid Park’s Crawford Boxes.

Crawford Bock is a 4.5 percent alcohol by volume effort that the brewery calls a “deliciously smooth, malty beer” and it will feature the Astros logo as well as the team’s classic rainbow uniform design. It will be officially released on Jan. 26 at Astros FanFest.  The best part of all of this is that a portion of the sales from every case and keg of Crawford Bock beer will benefit the Astros Foundation and its community initiatives, which includes youth baseball and softball, military support and reducing homelessness.

“All of us at Karbach are die-hard Astros fans and we’re proud to pay tribute to the heritage of the team with this new beer,” Karbach brand manager David Graham said in a statement. “Working with the Astros organization and the Astros Foundation to release Crawford Bock has been a great partnership and we cannot wait for fellow fans of beer drinking age to try it out.”

If you’re trying to get your hands on Crawford Bock, it’ll be available at the ballpark beginning in the first week of March and it can also be found at bars, grocery stores and beer outlets throughout eastern Texas. It’s available in 12-ounce six-packs. Can someone please let us know how it is?