At Citizens Bank Park, a non-premium domestic draft beer will run you $7.75. That’s tied for the most expensive in baseball, but it’s actually one of the most affordable. That’s because, according to Business Insider, those CBP drafts are 21 ounces, which put their price per ounce at $0.37, 9th best in the league. The Phillies also join the Dodgers and Twins in being the only teams that sell their standard draft beers larger than 16 ounces. Though it’s worth pointing out that this data is based on numbers reported by the teams, so the Phils may have fudged that 21 ounce number a bit. Either way, I don’t know if I’ve ever heard anything as offensive as the Red Sox charging $7.75 for a 12-ounce beer.
Kyle: I’d pay $7.75 for a 12-ounce beer to be a fan of a team that wasn’t an embarrassment to organized competition.
Just like last season (and the one before that) web series producer and food blogger Lee Porter has completed the noble deed of charting every beer at Citizens Bank Park and where they can be found. What’s different this year? The reign of the big can continues, and some crafts have vanished:
As last year/season proved, whether it’s craft beer or domestic, it seems like can beer is all the rage. Similar to last season, you’re going to see mega cans everywhere and anywhere in 2015, and not just the standard domestic stuff either. Anheuser-Busch’s premium brands (especially Goose Island) once again dominate this year in can form. New additions to the large can family at CBP: Dos Equis, Goose Island IPA, Sam Adams Summer Ale and Schöfferhofer Grapefruit, the refreshing, Hefeweizen-meets-grapefruit-juice brew.
There are some head-scratching omissions from the craft beer offerings, including Allagash, Brooklyn, Lagunitas and 21st Amendment. All appear to be gone, and beer vendors confirmed so much. If these return later, we’ll be sure to let you know, as we update our Locator throughout the season. Changes to CBP’s beer lineup throughout the season are quite common, although it is unusual to see so many omissions this early on.
What does this all mean for you, the loyal Phillies/beer fan? Well, at first glance, due to the addition of even more mega cans, there appears to be even less 12 ounce bottles and thus fewer local beers at Brewerytown locations. Secondly, rest assured, most ALL of the mainstay local breweries are still represented in draft form throughout the ballpark, including some new additions.
The brew locator once again comes with a smart search, allowing you to quickly figure out where your favorite beer is. For example, if you’re weird and your favorite beer is Rolling Rock, the only place you can find it is the CF Hatfield & Alley Store “Grab Some Buds” kiosk. Bookmark it. Screenshot it. Do your research before every game. Because while we joke about how bad the Phillies are going to be this year — so, so bad — you still don’t want to lap the ballpark every time you want that beer you like.
And they aren’t even talking about Matt Prater: Anheuser-Busch, the league’s second biggest sponsor (the brewing giant sponsors 88 percent of the NFL’s teams), is none too pleased with the recent Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy situations. In a statement issued to the NFL today, the makers of Shock Top — so they know something about bad decision making — said, “We are not yet satisfied with the league’s handling of behaviors that so clearly go against our own company culture and moral code. We have shared our concerns and expectations with the league.” It’s one thing for a sponsor to fire off an angry letter instead of actually cutting ties with a sponsored entity (Radisson got it right), but having the people who mass produce Natty Ice question your commitment to a moral code is harsh.
That must be a thing in the City of Wind– dumping beer on an opposing player’s head.
Don’t see how the Tie Domi thing in Philly is any worse than this: A (husband and wife?) tag team stole Adam Pardy’s helmet and dumped a beer on him after he was checked through the glass last night:
As you may be aware, loyal readers, if this sort of thing happened here, it would be national news about how Philly fans should be caged, prodded and probed for the betterment of society. Chicago hooliganism, however, will just be glossed over. That said, you got to respect this guy and his conviction that stealing the helmet was absolutely the right thing to do. Like, a head popped into the crowd and the only logical thing he could do was steal the helmet for his mantel. And then just to stake the claim, his partner dumped beer on the vacant cranial.
The worst people in all this are not the fans, but rather the dickhead Jets who decided to start a scrum along the boards while their teammate’s head was in the danger zone and a pane of glass laid on top of some innocent bystanders. Real cool, guys.
More Chicago fans: On Sunday, a Bears fan husband won a bet with his Packers fan wife that allowed him to taser her after the Bears-Packers game:
Grant told police he and his wife made a bet that he could use a Taser on her if the Bears won.
The two were in the alley smoking a cigarette at one point when Grant used the Taser “two times on her buttocks,” according to a criminal complaint filed in Dodge County, Wis.
Grant’s wife then called police.
“Hell yeah it hurt,” she said, according to police.
Grant was charged with felony possession of an electronic weapon.
OK, that’s actually kind of hot. What happened next?!
No really. I swear.
This study and handy little pastel-colored infographic from Team Marketing Report ranked the average per-ounce beer price around all of Major League Baseball, and the Phillies finished at 37 cents– expensive by any human standards, but cheap by ballpark standards. That’s good for 22nd in baseball (around where their record stands!).
But average is sort of a misnomer here. That would indicate that all beer prices were taken into account. Which they were not. It’s $7.75 for a 21 oz. domestic* at CBP– roughly 37 cents per ounce. But that seemingly doesn’t take into account the many craft beers that are significantly more expensive (and I can assure you that Lee Porter has never paid the minimum $7.75 for a beer). It also doesn’t take into account the fact that the $7.75 cheapest beer is among the priciest in the league. So, while the per ounce price at CBP, at least for domestics, is relatively cheap, the barrier to get in my bell you cold delicious beverage entry is on the high side.
Anyway, at least we have another reason to not be a Red Sox fan– 60 cents per ounce. Ouch.
*I can’t find actual documentation on this, but from other articles and those of you on Twitter, I believe that is the going rate. If anyone can dispute this, please do so in the comments.
7 p.m.: Phillies play the Braves in Atlanta on Comcast Network (reasonable chance it gets rained out).
7 p.m.: Flyers play the Maple Leafs in Toronto on CSN.
Ryan Howard’s The Office appearance.
10:30 p.m., after the Phillies game: Great Sports Debate on Comcast Network. My iPhone-filmed piece with local producer and food blogger Lee Porter airs (around 11:15). Lee, for the second year in a row, has put together a Citizens Bank Park beer list, with locations. I hung out and walked around with him for four hours last Friday night at the on-deck series as he painstakingly logged every beer in the ballpark. I shot it with an iPhone and it will be on TV tonight. After the show, at around 11:30, Lee will post his list, conveniently in spreadsheet form, conveniently just in time for the home opener, and conveniently for all your drinking needs. I’ll link to it and post video at the same time, but do check it out on GSD.
Reader Nick sends along this photo, taken this week outside Beer Heaven on Delaware Ave., of Andrew Bynum loading “a case or two” of Corona into his Ferrari FF.
Hey, here is Andrew Bynum at craft beer shop picking up a case or two of Corona heading to the Wells Fargo Center. Says he will be back in February. Also says he will sign with us!
How many titties do you think Bynum is going to pour his craft beer over? 2? 10?! Some odd number that makes you stop and take pause??? The possibilities are endless. But hey, did you hear what he said? He plans on coming back and staying (!!!). Cool beans.
Snark aside, let me applaud Nick for that ballsy photo. Bynum is looking right at him. But Nick don’t care. He was not to be stopped. He spotted a loon and, by God, it was going to get on the interwebs. Good man.
While you’re in the mood, check out BuzzFeed’s post on the Bynum saga as told by increasingly strange and depressing headlines. My Twitter made it in there. So proud.
H/T to all-star CB reader Dom (@DominicPerilli), and CJ