A Comprehensive Citizens Bank Park Beer List

Kyle Scott —  April 4, 2013 — 29 Comments

lee_beer_mainYes and please.

Last year, local web series producer and food blogger Lee Porter put together a list of the beers at Citizens Bank Park. It got him and his website, Chocolate Covered Memories, quite a bit of attention from this site and many others. And what’s not to love? A list of all (well, most– more on that in a second) the beers at CBP and their locations? Like I said: yes and please. So, when Lee tweeted me a heads up last week that he would be painstakingly chronicling the 2013 selection during the On-Deck Series against the Blue Jays, I asked if I could join him, film his efforts, and put them on the site and potentially the Great Sports Debate (THURSDAYS AT 7 ON THE COMCAST NETWORK!).

Sure thing, he said.

My original plan was to get some footage of Lee, talk to him for a few minutes, and then get drunk with him. I figured he was just some dude who wanted to help you, the Phillies fan, get smashed more quickly, and with better beer. And while that’s not wholly inaccurate, I was immediately taken aback by Lee’s love of good beer… and general disdain for bad ones. For him, his list serves as a necessary personal guide to weed out awful domestics (Bud, Miller, Coors) and to find the best craft and locals brews, of which Citizens Bank Park has many.* After talking to him and his girlfriend, Suzanne, for about, oh, three minutes, it was quite obvious that Lee takes his list quite seriously.

*According to CraftBeer.com, Citizens Bank Park had one of the largest selections of craft brew in the Majors in 2012, and that list seemingly grew this year.

A full-season ticket holder with his family, Lee, who produces an award-winning web series called My Ruined Life, goes to about 40 Phillies game each summer and, as a beer guy, needs to know where he can find the best CBP has to offer. Last year, for the first time ever, Aramark changed tap handles at the kiosk behind his section. That’s what inspired him to spend an entire game going around to every. single. beer. stand. chronicling what was available on draft, in bottles and cans. When he posted his findings on his website, it just sort of became a thing.

Lee:

“Philadelphia Inquirer’s Craig Laban had written an article a few years ago that, in his opinion, the best beer in the ballpark on a hot summer day was Sly Fox’s Royal Weisse, which was then only located at a beer kiosk behind section 139 in left field. When it was extremely hot and the game was a boring one or a blowout, I’d trek out to left field and get a couple of those Royal Weisses and bring them back. I was thrilled and shocked when they moved that to my section. I figured if they changed tap locations for that beer, there must be others. So I figured I’d chronicle it all.”

“It usually takes one full game to [do it]. Then another game to double check everything. And then I try to double check any changes every week or so. I consciously walk around double checking drafts. I get updates from fans once in a while. The first few weeks of the season, there often are many changes. Then, by June, the drafts are usually in check.”

But here’s the thing: Lee’s list doesn’t include every beer. No, sir. You won’t find Bud, Bud Light, Bud Light Lime, Bud Light Gimmick, Miller, Coors and the like. If you drink that stuff, Lee doesn’t like you (I’m kidding– he’s actually a very friendly guy… but he probably does look down upon you, just a little bit). The list has a very specific cutoff: Stella. Lee calls it the last beer in the ballpark that he’d drink.

A beer snob? Maybe. But Lee wants to help you (and himself) find the good stuff.

Here’s an extended version of the video that appeared on Great Sports Debate. With outtakes.

And here it is: The 2013 Citizens Bank Park Beer List. Be sure to bookmark this page, as Lee will update the list throughout the 2013 season.

Lee is a Fishtown Beer Runner (a local group founded on the theory that one pint of beer is better for you than water after a long distance run, which is something I would totally test out if I could run more than seven feet). He used to work in the beer world. He knows his stuff. Obviously. And like I said, he takes this very seriously. As an example, when I asked Lee to send me his favorite beer in each area of the ballpark so I could put them on a seating map of CBP, I got the following response: There’s a decent chance they’ll move brews in the first homestand or two (they’ve done that before), so the map would need updating STAT, if so.

Good point.

But I got him to tell me anyway.

As it currently stands, these are Lee’s favorite beers at Citizen Bank Park, by location:

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Lee also has some immediate observations based on the On-Deck Series (I hate capitalizing that):

  • The new, expanded and renamed Alley Brewing Co. beer bar in right field corner is awesome. It features 10 draft beers on 18 different taps and an extensive craft bottle and can list. Expect many changes to take place here game-by-game and will update the list as often as possible.
  • Based on exhibition games, during each game, one high end craft beer is poured in a special Phillies plastic cup. This was Goose Island beers (which is from Chicago), but it will likely change quite frequently.
  • Victory Summer Love has replaced Victory Hop Devil on draft almost everywhere, which will be better for the really hot months.
  • Victory Hop Devil and Victory Headwaters Pale Ale are available in bottle almost everywhere, which is amazingly awesome.
  • Nice addition of Allagash, Ommegang and Philadelphia Brewing Company bottles in many more locations.
  • The newly named “Your Dad’s Beer” kiosk behind section 103 features, among others, Miller High Life and PBR cans.
  • They’ve added a full bar, including frozen margaritas and daiquiris, to the Budweiser rooftop bar in center field above Ashburn Alley.

Basically, Lee is doing the work so you don’t have to. Which will give you more time to drink.

Lee’s 2013 Citizens Bank Park Beer List.

Lee Porter is the writer/producer of Philadelphia’s award-winning comedy web series My Ruined Life and is the founder/editor of the food blog Chocolate Covered Memories, which features interviews with, and recipes from, national food industry folk and essential Philadelphia food/drink spreadsheets. This is Lee’s second year compiling the Citizens Bank Park Beer List, and he looks forward to enjoying many more great craft beers and Phillies wins.

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29 responses to A Comprehensive Citizens Bank Park Beer List

  1. Way to spill your beer, asshole.

    • Actually the practice of the toast comes from ancient Rome. Before Gladiators would duel it was customary to have one last glass of wine (because there was a 50% chance it would be your last). The Gladiators would often clank goblets together and cause wine to spill into each others cup to ensure that the wine wasn’t poisoned by the opponent, a dishonest gambler, or owner (most gladiators were slaves) looking for an advantage.

      So technically Kyle did a proper toast there.

      CHEERS!

  2. I like his listing of beers in the diamond club section…I needed a good laugh at the end of a long day.

  3. just what Philly sports fans need…..a beer snob. gimme a Killian’s , Newcastle Brown , Harp’s…..Red Stripe……Delerium Tremens.
    just to show you how the masses don’t have a clue…..Corona is looked down upon by Mexicans….and the lime they put at the top of the bottle ?
    It’s to keep the bugs away.

  4. sol > corona

    not that this, or people looking down on corona in mexico means anything… they chop peoples heads off in mexico….

  5. John “Poopy Pants” Bolaris April 5, 2013 at 6:49 am

    Kyle, are you on untapped????

  6. One important thing to note this year is that Stella Artois will now be carried by the in seat vendors at CBP. We rolled it out at the Linc last winter. It went well so now we are trying it for the Phils. So if you’re lazy AND you enjoy a premium beer, hit me up on the 3rd base line lower level. – Beerman #16

  7. Wow Kyle, you fucking lush! Slur your speech much?

    Its good to see the switched a lot of the Victory Hop Devil taps to Summer Love. Hop Devil to too heavy in the IBU category on a hot summer day, its still tits on a cold night in October though.

  8. Someone needs to make a CBP beer locator app, stat.

  9. Fuck the Phillies and their $10 fucking beers. Also fuck for alienating smokers to the outskirts with no where to put said $10 fucking beer and no monitor to see what’s happening on the field.

  10. “Stella is really the last beer I would drink…”

    What a snob…dynamic representation of our city…what a dick

    • The Burrell Shuffle April 5, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      Eh…Philly is basically the craft beer capitol of the country, which means basically the world. This area has some of the best beers in the nation from some of the most-successful craft breweries. Honestly i drink whatevers in front of me, but i wouldnt purchase a bud, miller, or coors unless they were the only beers for 20 miles. After drinking quality, craft brews almost exclusively for the past 4 years, it’s hard to lower your standards to the piss water of the mass brewers. I dont consider myself a beer snob…just a selective drinker. I dont look down on people that drink shitty beer, i feel sorry for them.At this point DFH 60 minute is the lowest-quality beer i consistently buy (tho BL Lime is a terrible guilty pleasure of mine).

      FYI Flying Fish Extra Pale Ale is my favorite beer to drink in the summer, especially for the price. Superbly drinkable (balances and light), yet distinct flavoring and average ABV. Brewed right over the Walt Whitman in SJ.

  11. He leaves out Domestics like bud and Miller yet includes shock top, Miller High Life, Blue Moon (coors), PBR and countless others that are owned by InBev (Budwieser). Yeah this list is comprehensive alright.

  12. CBP needs to sriously review the beer selection in the HOF Club. I’d expect a little more craft diversity.

  13. Im so fucking sick of garbage ass craft brews and nerds who can’t handle more than one beer uttering phrases like…”90 minute iPad offering”. I don’t want to drink a strawberry wheat pumpkin ale that is as thick as a loaf of bread. Why is everyone under 30 such a pussy?

    • XDU Dirty Dawgs April 5, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      In my day, we drank Natti Boh and Keystone Ice, and GODDAMIT WE LIKED IT!! If you could drank a FAGGOT ASS craft beer, it was because, like you said, you were a whiny bitch, two beer queer, who didn’t need a 30 rack to get drunk.

    • You two are fucking retarded.

      • Moop is a Hipster Bitch April 7, 2013 at 4:30 pm

        Better to be dumb than to be a faggot ass, hipster homo, two beer queer who only drinks the “fancy” cum guzzling faggot beer

    • Doubt you could handle a real beer you fucking vagina. Most craft beer styles are modern takes on very old styles. Your basic miller coors or bud are watered down to appeal to people who cant hold there liquor. So grow a set. Not everything is a crazy concoction. Fucking jerk off

  14. Slammin Gretzkey’s Daughter April 5, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Hahaha this list and entire post is fucking perfect. “Maybe” a beer snob? If I looked up hipster beer snob in the dictionary, this dude’s picture would be there. I absolutely LOVE how he refuses to include the so-called big name domestic brews, but tells you where to go get High Life and PBR. PBR is disgusting. It tastes like piss in a can. No one with any respectable beer palette should like it, yet all these hipsters go nuts for it like it’s some kind of unknown delicacy. Everyone knows about it, it’s popular and it sucks. Get over it… Also, Victory Hop Devils sucks.

    I bet this clown also listens to Kurt Vile on vinyl and thinks no one else has heard of him.

    • I agree, PBR is absolutely disgusting. High life is one of my budget beers. Hop Devil… sucks? Hop Devil is one of Victory’s better beers and hardly sucks, it’s just not your thing. I never understood animosity over beer. It’s all doing the same thing.

  15. The Burrell Shuffle April 5, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    LOL @ all the frat boys

  16. If I wanted to drink horse piss I’d go clean the urinals in ashbury alley.

  17. They’re serving Prism at CBP? And it’s on his favorites list? Prism is… well, they’re fucking horrible. How they got into the stadium while much more deserving local breweries are not is unfathomable.

    Not that it really matters. No way I’m spending $9 on a 12 oz. (maybe) beer at the park. I don’t know what the fuck the Phillies are thinking here… raise the prices that much, we’ll drink before and after but not during.

  18. Hipster Bitch April 7, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    I don’t see what all the fracas is about. I love drinking my uber-expensive craft brew, right before going down on a big hunk of man-meat in a rest stop bathroom stall!

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