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I plan to visit ballparks in Baltimore, Washington, and New York (Shea and Yankee) this summer. At my home ballpark (Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia) I've enjoyed Victory HopDevil, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, and Yards IPA. What micro selections do I have to look forward to at these other ballparks?

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  1. Lucky you :)

    If you get to Shea, all that they really have along those lines is Brooklyn Lager, not that I'm complaining- it's a good beer. But there is no real variety to speak of, sadly.

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    1. re: TongoRad

      I could be wrong because I've only been to our minor league park in Brooklyn in the past few years, but I think that you can't get bottled beer in ball parks in New York City. So you are limited to micros that come in cans, and as TongoRad said that's only Brooklyn Lager. But that's nothing to complain about unless you have a season ticket and want variety.

      1. re: bobjbkln

        No glass bottles in NYC, only plastic, but most places just pour it into a cup anyway. There are no micro brews available in NYC ballparks aside from Brooklyn lager, which I know is sold at Shea (not sure about Yankee Stadium). It is not sold at the main concessions or in the stands but available at some little counters in the concourse. Beer at Yankee Stadium in particular is quite expensive. Last season it was $8.75 for Millers and $9.75 for Heiniken or Fosters.

        1. re: Woodside Al

          The only thing worse than charging $8.75 for a Miller is paying $8.75 for a Miller. I wouldn't pay $8.75 for a 12oz of Pliny the Elder (no, I probably would on second thought)

        2. re: bobjbkln

          At Shea Stadium (NY METS)

          At dedicated beer stands, you can get Bud, Bud light, Coors Light, occasionally Heineken or Miller, Smirnoff Ice, or an airline of Sutter Home White Zinfandel or Chardonnay. Brooklyn Lage is available in cans in very limited quantities. The limit is two drinks per purchaser per trip to the stand, and you HAVE TO SHOW ID, even if you're an 90 year old with a walker and your dentures falling out while you talk.

          Beer at these stands is $7.25. Bottles are alumninum or plastic. Brooklyn Lager comes in 12 oz cans. All beer sold in cans is poured, usually very badly into a plastic or paper cup.
          The bottles are usually larger than 12 oz. I can't remember exactly how large they are.

          Ever so very occasionally, there's a draft stand with Smithwicks and Guinness on the Mezzanine level. I was lucky enough to enjoy this feature a few times in 2005. In 2006 the draft stand was still there, but non operational.

          Keep in mind all of this is concession area beer. If you don't leave your seat, your choice slims to bud and bud light, miller on a very good day. Beer in the seats is $6.75, but these are exclusively 12 ounce cans, poured poorly into a plastic cup.

          On a side note, the best meal bargain at Shea is the kids meal. For $4.50, you get a frank, potato chips, some teddy grahams for desert, and a small soda. The soda comes in some rendition of a souvenir cup, though it is not team related. Merely plastic with odd characters on it.

          Let's go Mets!

          EDIT: There are some stands where you might be able to get Corona or Presidente (dominican lager). Since I'm cheap and sit in the upper deck or mezzanine, I have never witnessed consumption of either product.

          1. re: MaspethMaven

            There are some Fosters taps at the food concessions, marginally better than Bud IMO. I hope I can find the Brooklyn tomorrow night...LETS GO METS

            1. re: kenito799

              On the Mezzanine level, near section 1 is a Sam Adams stand. Sadly its Boston Lager only. New addition to the vendors in the stands is bud select, and bud select is available in those aluminum bottles. Haven't tried it. Tuesday's game was ridiculous, btw. Wish I stayed but I had to get my kid home.

              1. re: MaspethMaven

                Yes what a game! and last night too. Thanks for the info...I would probably rather drink Fosters than SA, I really don't like that stuff. I am so jealous of those people in Philly, they serve local craft brewer Yard's and have great food at Citizen's Bank Park. Wish me luck that tonight there will be some promotion of good beer, or that I can find the Brooklyn Lager...and wish Maine luck too...

            2. re: MaspethMaven

              You can go on the field level at Shea during BP -- there's a stand that used to have Red Hook and Kona (but now I think they don't have the Kona anymore) at about first base on the concourse. Get 2 before you have to leave and return to your regular seats. On the loge level, there's Brooklyn Lager at some of the smaller stands (see Debbie around section 18) and there's also Corona (sadly no lime) at the nacho stands.

              1. re: LNG212

                We were able to find a cart selling cans of Brooklyn Lager, thankfully. We were also able to witness the beginning of the Mets tragic June slide...lets turn it around! LETS GO METS!!!

        3. At Oriole Park at Camden Yards they serve local Clipper City microbrews!

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          1. re: hon

            oh and your usual suspects, Harp, Bass, Corona, etc.

          2. Out here at Coors Field in Denver, the team is not as good as you guys but the beer is better. You can get anything that's distributed by the Coors' Distributor. In addition to the the Coors swill, this includes Fat Tire, Odell 90 Shilling and 5 Barrel Pale Ale, Dale's Pale Ale, Guinness, Bass and Newcastle.

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            1. re: Mutt

              I think I would cry if I could get Dale's Pale Ale at Shea stadium.

              1. re: MaspethMaven

                And I would be ejected from the game in the fourth inning instead of the seventh;) Seriously, there is basically no real beer at Shea. And even if you want those ridiculous aluminum bottles of the St. Louis swill you have to either wait on line or be on the constant lookout for scant vendors. The Brooklyn lager cans are OK, but few and far between. I'm hoping they'll have Sixpoint, Chelsea, Bluepoint, Southampton and other local micros at the new park.

                1. re: Psychobabble

                  I wouldn't bet on it, unless those guys jumped on the SBA contracts. I just hope they have their act together on opening day. In 2005 the hot dogs were cold, the sausage was raw, and the beer was hot going into the third inning. So annoying.

                  1. re: MaspethMaven

                    and saddest of all, they killed the knish this year! several years ago they killed the spicy fries! the beer selection is overall terrible. the new philly place puts shea to shame. but we did notice that workers in philly wore aramark shirts which is the same outfit that does shea. so maybe there's hope that SOMETHING good might still be possible at new-shea (i am refusing to call it citifield).

            2. I have to say, living in both NY and AZ , that for the sophistication that NY sometimes
              is associated with that the quality of beer in most public places is mostly popular and
              low in quality versus other markets...............

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              1. re: jonathon

                You can get Brooklyn, Sierra Nevada, Yuengling and a couple of other interesting beers in the food court section under the seats on the third base side of Yankee Stadium. The Yankees used to sell New Amsterdam via the walking beer vendors but when they went under no other beer company was willing to sell the Yankees their beer for the $10 per case price the Yankees were willing to pay.

                1. re: patg72

                  Wow... that's some margin on that beer.

                  1. re: Woodside Al

                    Yes! If they sell one bottle of Heineken at $9.75 and are getting an entire case for $10.00 then that's a 2,321% markup on beer. Outrageous!

                    1. re: Chinon00

                      They have to pay for A-Rod somehow ;)

                  2. re: patg72

                    patg72 Thank you for bringing back great memories of the late 90s sitting in the upper deck at Yankee stadium while keeping a watch for the "NewAM Man". Those were the days my friend.

                2. We can't win a game if we have to bring in the closer but we can drown our sorrows with Anchor Steam $7. (The sign said $7 but only charges me $6.75). Yankees are here today and tomorrow. Come on down. I'm tickets are still available.

                  1. Had Flying Fish XPA at the Phillies game today on draft. They also had Anchor Steam in bottles.

                    1. Gordon Biersch here at Dodgers Stadium. I was supposed to go to Washington to watch the Dodgers Nationals game but alas no money to go and diffinately no money to buy bier

                      1. greetings, should you find yourself in the north part of california (you're beatin' on the giants this weekend) the Oakland park actually has a better range than the fancy SF place. Anchor Steam, Sierra Nevada,G Biersch at both venues of course. Other choices in Oakland include Pyramid and a Hawaiian line, others I'm probably forgetting. The big retail wine/beer chain in Jack London sq. a few miles away (and across from one of the great jazz clubs in the world) has dozens of bottle-conditioned ales from everywhere on its shelves--I can try couple of new ones each visit. And Kermit Lynch's wine store is 10 miles away in Berkeley--Loire and Provencal w. other small producers all over France his specialty, as you probably know.(how are those '05 chinons?) cheers

                        1. Not a micro, but they have Guinness and either Harp or Bass (I forget) at AT&T Park and they can even do the Black & Tan for you.

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                          1. re: J T

                            hello, those are available at "the Mc" too but didn't mention them as non-micros. cheers

                          2. We were just in Philly for a game and were impressed (even overwhelmed) with the amount of choices -- we were told by one friendly vendor that there is a different beer at each of the stands along the main concourse. Wow! Unfortunately, you won't find that Shea here in NYC. Choices are much more "mainstream" (read "boring").

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                            1. re: LNG212

                              Having spent a lot of time in both Philly and NYC I can tell you that Philly is a far more sophisticated beer market. In fact, NYC, especially Manhattan, is a good beer desert. There are a couple of oases (sp?), particularly in Brooklyn, but that's about it.

                            2. There is a decent selection at Tropicana Field:

                              "Around the stadium there are two places where you can find some interesting imported and microbrews on tap. The past three visits, I have seen the following (All of these are served in 24 ounce cups and priced at $8.00):

                              Anchor Steam
                              Sam Adams Lager
                              Harpoon IPA
                              Stella Artois
                              Yuengling Lager
                              Blue Moon Belgian Wheat
                              Ray’s Red (which I believe is made by Anheuser Busch)

                              In addition to whats on tap, there are also several “Beer’s of the World” stands around the ball park that offer select bottled beers:

                              $7.00 - 16oz

                              Beck’s
                              Boddington’s
                              Budweiser
                              Bud Light
                              Grolsch
                              Heineken
                              Piper’s Pale Ale (a good locally brewed Pale Ale by the Dunedin Brewery)

                              $6.50 - 12oz

                              Amstel Light
                              Bass
                              Corona
                              Guiness
                              Heineken Light
                              Kirin Ichiban
                              Landshark
                              Red Stripe
                              Smirnoff Ice
                              Tire Bite
                              Yuengling"

                              http://adamsbeerblog.com/?p=9