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Yankee Stadium: still having issues with beer

May 23, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

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Last month Amanda Rykoff noted that the Yankees’ “craft beer” section at Yankee Stadium was anything but.  They’re continuing to have problems with basic beer identification, however, as now Patrick Wall of DNAInfoNY spied Goose Island listed as an “import.” Which, no, it’s not. It’s a Chicago beer. Wait, no it’s not. It’s actually brewed in New Hampshire. Beer is so confusing!

Or maybe the Yankees are just making a clever comment about the fact that Goose Island, once an independent brewery, is now owned by InBev, which is a Belgian company. But I don’t think that’s what’s really going on here. I think whoever runs Yankee Stadium’s beer concession just thinks non-Bud/non-Miller is an “import.” Which maybe worked on Applebee’s menus a decade ago, but even non-fancy, non-beer-snobby people and places typically get this right now.

What a shame. There is so much good beer to be had at ballparks these days yet the home of the marquee team in baseball is living in the beery dark ages.

  1. Kevin S. - May 23, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    I actually thought about that as I was enjoying a Terrapin IPA at Turner Field on Sunday. Have the swill, but get some quality local craft beer and imports as well.

  2. jonrox - May 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Yankee stadium sounds just swill for beer drinkers

  3. phuckphilly99 - May 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Blue Moon is often listed as being Belgian at places. I’ve also had a waitress tell me that Delirium is not Belgian, while Allagash is. So annoying.

    If you want better beer at decent stadium prices, just go to Shitty Field. The Wilpons can use the donation.

    • sabatimus - May 23, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      I’ve never had Delirium, but Allagash very much specializes in Belgian ales. I’m proud to say I live 15 minutes from the brewery :D .

      • nukeladouche - May 23, 2013 at 12:21 PM

        A fine point, perhaps, but a Belgian ale is brewed in Belgium; US brewers can brew Belgian-style ales, however. Allagash certainly does a fine job with theirs. . . .

  4. rcali - May 23, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Yeah, but if you put “Import” in front of anything you get so many more suckers to overpay…which I’m assuming many have.

  5. breastfedted - May 23, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    I have to drink a couple Dogfish Head 120 Minutes just to get through anything Craig writes

    • mgdsquiggy17 - May 23, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      Top it off with a Golden Monkey maybe? Speaking of Goose Island. Anyone tried the Bourbon County Stout? Holy s*it that’s some powerful stuff.

    • yahmule - May 23, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      The biggest complaint among many patrons is how cost prohibitive it is to get blackout drunk in public.

      • historiophiliac - May 23, 2013 at 1:04 PM

        I was thinking about that in Arlington last weekend. It appeared that a lot of people sitting around me were just there to get drunk at a game. I was thinking there are lots of places that you can go to get drunk much cheaper.

  6. mybrunoblog - May 23, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Beer snobs have become as annoying. Real annoying. Some of us even think they are approaching wine snob status.
    They’re annoying as people on line with you at the supermarket who talk on their phone loud enough so everyone in the store hears their conversation.
    Sorry. I’m venting. Now back to baseball……

    • Kevin S. - May 23, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      Nobody’s saying you can’t drink your shitty beer, but if you think wanting a quality product is annoying, you’re going to have a lot of irritation in life.

      • tomemos - May 23, 2013 at 11:35 AM

        Going on endlessly about superior products is annoying, yes.

      • dluxxx - May 23, 2013 at 12:25 PM

        There is a time and a place for “shitty” beer. Personally, I drink “good” beer when I’m going to have one or two. If I’m going camping or going to drink more than one or two beers, then I’ll drink what I call “drinking beer.”

        Occasionally that’s PBR, but normally I’m living the High Life. I like a lager in the summer. Nothing better when tossing some beanbags in the backyard.

    • sportsdrenched - May 23, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      As a beer snob I only seek out other beer snobs to talk about our beer snobbery. So why did you come into this thread?..you knew where this was going.

  7. alexo0 - May 23, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    How do they label it if it’s been in the bathroom?

    • 18thstreet - May 23, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      European.

      • papalurchdxb - May 23, 2013 at 11:49 AM

        and if it’s warm, it’s probably British.

  8. sdelmonte - May 23, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    This is the only place (aside from broadcast crews) the Mets lap the Yankees. Thus…

    Citi Field…come for Matt Harvey, stay for the real craft beer!

  9. micknangold - May 23, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Yeah, THAT’S the problem people have with stadium beers. Not the prices, but how it’s listed.

  10. mungman69 - May 23, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    In Philly they wouldn’t care what kind of beer it is. Just slap a Bud label on it and…

    • Kevin S. - May 23, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      Funny you say that. Philly actually has one of the best beer selections I’ve seen.

    • mgdsquiggy17 - May 23, 2013 at 11:37 AM

      Philly does have a pretty good beer selection. They’ve actually expanded it even more since last year and have quite a few more selections.

  11. dowhatifeellike - May 23, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    I get spoiled here in Denver, my local sports bar serves ONLY local beer and they keep about 30 on tap. They have Coors but nobody drinks it.

    I hear the Rockies have some pretty good beer available but I have yet to check it out… I only go for work functions so I don’t drink there.

    • sabatimus - May 23, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      Yeah sports bars are quite different. There’s a place near Boston that has over 100 beers on tap. I can’t remember the name of the place.

      • ezthinking - May 23, 2013 at 11:45 AM

        Old Chicago?

    • ezthinking - May 23, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      Work functions at a ballpark and NO BEER? Do you work for the Cock-Teasing Society or what?

      • mazblast - May 23, 2013 at 5:51 PM

        Back in 1987, I went to a mid-season day game at the insistence of my boss. He proceeded to get sh**-faced with almost the whole office staff there. The next day, he threatened to fire me for disregarding the orders he gave me while he was stinking drunk. He got even madder when I pointed out that almost everything he told me to do was a violation of corporate policy. Then I got yelled at by corporate seagull manager types (fly in, make a lot of noise, crap on everything, fly away) for not obeying him. Then I got yelled at some more for pointing out that most of what he demanded I do were offenses for which I would be subject to immediate termination.

        Sometimes, you just can’t win. No wonder I left the corporate world less than two months later and haven’t regretted it since.

    • sportsdrenched - May 23, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      I think Denver/Ft Collins Corridor has the most craft breweries out of anywhere in the US. If it’s not the most, there’s still a lot and that’s still pretty cool.

      • jcmeyer10 - May 23, 2013 at 12:52 PM

        I used to bike to work from Boulder and would ride by 5 breweries in a ten mile ride. I do miss thee.

      • historiophiliac - May 23, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        I think most of the small breweries out there employ people who did apprenticeships at Coors previously. There’s a Coorsish quality to many of them.

    • shwoogy1 - May 23, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      Go to The Yardhouse (outside of Denver). They have over 150 beers ON TAP. Amazing.

      • lmoneyfresh - May 23, 2013 at 5:39 PM

        Spent a lot of last weekend at the one in San Antonio while visiting family. Fantastic selection.

  12. mgdsquiggy17 - May 23, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    “I think whoever runs Yankee Stadium’s beer concession just thinks non-Bud/non-Miller is an “import.””

    At least you admitted this is just what you think and not an unnamed source or some other BS.

  13. makeham98 - May 23, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Is Hudepohl a craft beer?

    • mazblast - May 23, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      No. It’s an old Cincinnati brand, dating back to the 19th century. The current owners use the old recipes. Back when it was locally owned and brewed, most of the beers from “Hudy” were ordinary stuff–good but not great, backyard cookout stuff. Not great, but not swill, either.

  14. frank35sox - May 23, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    I love when people say, “domestic beers are inferior because they are watered down.”

    Oh, really? Well who made you king of beer composition? Maybe your beer needs more water. Who has the inferior product now? Hmm? Hmm?

  15. jfk69 - May 23, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    The biggest beer issue at Yankee Stadium is …They are selling beer at champagne prices.

  16. jfk69 - May 23, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Hey Hal…BUDWEISER IS FOREIGN OWNED. You can get at least 3 bucks a bottle more for that…lol
    Why no Red Stripe..MON

  17. Steve A - May 23, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    I’ve been to both Yankee Stadium and PNC Field (Home of the SWB RailRiders) recently. At PNC Field, I very much enjoyed the Susquehanna Brewing Co. Pils Noir they had on draft. At Yankee Stadium, I “enjoyed” the standard Heineken at nearly double the price.

    It’s sad when the AAA affiliate has better beer selection than the Major League team.

  18. dluxxx - May 23, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Craig, InBev also owns Budwiser, so I guess that would be an import as well…

  19. historiophiliac - May 23, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    What? No Star Trek Budweiser comment? This is where it goes!

    • Kevin S. - May 23, 2013 at 1:23 PM

      Synthahol can’t possibly be any worse than Bud, can it?

  20. jwbiii - May 23, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Fun story about beer and baseball. Augie Busch bought the Cardinals from Phil Saigh, who was having financial and legal troubles. He also bought Sportsman’s Park from Bill Veeck, which was badly in need of repair. He wanted to rename it Budweiser Park, but Ford Frick nixed it (how quaint), so it became Busch Stadium. Since Busch couldn’t name his stadium for a brand of beer, he launched a brand of beer which he named for his stadium (and himself) a year later.

    • mazblast - May 23, 2013 at 6:03 PM

      I can vouch for at least some of that.

      –Saigh was forced to sell the Cardinals after getting caught betting on games.

      –Sportsman’s Park was owned by the St. Louis Browns, who were always the lesser team in St. Louis (they won all of one pennant in their history, that in 1944 during WW2, and lost the World Series to–the Cardinals) and usually the doormat of the AL, even worse than the Senators or A’s. The Browns made a lot of money as the landlord of the Cardinals, much more than they did on their own. The team was sold to Baltimore interests, who moved it and renamed it the Orioles; the losing tradition continued through the 1950s. Part of the sale of the team was the sale of the stadium to the Cardinals.

      • jwbiii - May 23, 2013 at 8:22 PM

        Ok, I made a couple of mistakes, I wrote that off the top of my head.

        Not Phil Saigh, he was Fred Saigh. His legal problems were tax fraud, for which he served five months in prison.

        Not Augie Busch, he was Gussie Busch.

        Bill Veeck owned the Browns and Sportsman’s Park. Veeck realized that St. Louis could not support two teams and that Busch had a lot more money than he did. He planned to move the Browns. As a part of that strategy, he sold Sportsman’s Park to Busch to raise money. The AL blocked his attempts to move the team to Milwaukee and then Baltimore but approved of its sale to a group lead by Baltimore attorney Clarence Miles and its subsequent move to Baltimore. Essentially they forced Veeck out.

        Busch bought the Cardinals in 1953. Busch beer was introduced in 1955.

  21. convincedofthehex - May 23, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Beer, what about the liquor drinkers? The Trop has Svedka as their premium vodka this year…..$9.50 for a single. Besides all the other issues with the Trop and the Ray’s owners, I’ve now reached my tipping point.

    • Kevin S. - May 23, 2013 at 4:27 PM

      I’m pretty sure Svedka sells for $9.50/fifth in a liquor store.

      • foreverchipper10 - May 23, 2013 at 4:51 PM

        The vodka of the future.

    • shwoogy1 - May 24, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      You know you can sneak in your own liquor if you are crafty enough.

  22. mazblast - May 23, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    The GASP (Great American Small Park) was awful in terms of beer selection for a long time, just the usual Bud-Bud Light-Coors Light-Miller Lite swill, but about four years ago, they started offering some decent stuff, including some Great Lakes brands (ironically, made in Cleveland). The beer prices are high, as you’d expect, but not outrageous.

    I wouldn’t want to spend what it would take to get drunk there, but I can afford to have a few.

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