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Beer Over Baseball: What’s Available at Nationals Park?

Tom Cizauskas at Yours for Good Fermentables has a great post today, discussing whether the Orioles or our very own Nationals have a better ballpark when it comes to beer. He decides in favor of Camden Yards, noting that the Nationals have a larger selection, but fail when it comes to incorporating local beers into the mix. Clipper City, Cizauskas notes, is the closest brewery, just 35 miles distant, but its beers are not among those on offer. (Note: Cizauskas is the brewery's territory manager.) This may be true, but having grown up in Chicago (Bruce speaking here), I'm delighted to see that Nationals Park offers more than the ubiquitous "Bud men" that circulate the stands at Wrigley Field. Maybe it's different these days, but Bud certainly had a lock on summer afternoons in Chicago.

The Nationals started out slow. In their first year, the park was a beer wasteland, far behind the times. But as the team has gathered steam, so have the concession stands. They've also gathered ridiculously high prices, but that's another story. The Washington Post offers a handy list of what to expect this year during your trek to cheer on the Nationals. I have to say, its a respectable list, even if it does omit local options. The offerings, according to the Post:

Bottles: Budweiser, Bud Light, Miller Genuine Draft, Miller Lite, Coors Light, Bell's Oberon American Wheat Ale, Harpoon Summer Ale.

Draft: Peroni, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Bell's Kalamazoo Stout, Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale, Southampton Triple Abby Style Ale, Harpoon UFO Hefeweizen, Williamsburg Tavern Brown Ale, Flying Dog Old Scratch Amber Lager.

  • Thomas Cizauskas

    Thanks for the props.One correction: I am no longer the Territory Manager for Clipper City Brewing, although I do still sell its beers -among others- as a representative for a northern Virginia wine and beer wholesaler.

    My point is -- that if it's good -- local trumps distance. It's fresher, and it's produced by yours and my neighbors: local business. We're moving toward local food provenance in our restaurants and groceries. Why not local beer?

    Of course, if it's good and it's beer, wherever it's from ... it's a wonderful thing.

  • Tammy Tuck and Bruce Falconer

    Our mistake, Tom. Apologies.

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