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Millennials Are Being Blamed For The Demise of BEER

Kyle Scott - July 27, 2017

I’m always amazed at reports like this that blame millennials for the downfall of shitty, over-marketed big brands.

Here’s a report from Business Insider, citing CNBC, about decreased beer drinking among millennials:

Millennials aren’t drinking enough beer to keep brands afloat.

According to CNBC, Goldman Sachs downgraded both Boston Beer Company and Constellation Brand on the data that younger consumers aren’t drinking as much alcohol as older generations, and the ones who do prefer wine and spirits.

“We view the shift in penetration and consumption trends as driven by a shift in preferences in the younger cohorts,” chief analyst Freda Zhuo wrote.

Beer penetration fell 1% from 2016 to 2017 in the US market, while both wine and spirits were unmoved, according to Nielsen ratings.

To be fair, Sam Adams is not a shit brand, but unfortunately for them they’re big enough that they get lumped in by many as a marketing-fueled brand not worthy of the more refined palate of hipster beer drinkers. Constellation Brands owns Corona, Modelo and Pacifico, which are exactly the sorts of beers that have been shunned in recent years in favor of craft brews once consumers realized that, 9 times out of 10, the girl sitting next to them didn’t have the perfect bikini ass regardless of how many la cerveza mas finas they consumed or limes wedges they squirted her with like a fairy sprinkling magic dust over a sentient beast to make them assimilable.

A 1% decrease in a big market is certainly enough to move stocks, but just like with that Buffalo Wild Wings report – which blamed millennials’ at-home cooking habits (get Hello Fresh!) rather than the fact that BWW produces the culinary equivalent of getting punched in the braces for the company’s downturn – it always seems that analysts, reporters and the companies themselves are unwilling to look in the mirror and acknowledge that, in many cases, their products aren’t good.

Draft Beers Are Actually Very Affordable at Citizens Bank Park, Relatively Speaking

Jim Adair - April 7, 2015

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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.

And Now, Lee Porter’s 2015 Comprehensive Citizens Bank Park Beer List

Jim Adair - April 6, 2015

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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.

The Makers of Bud Light Lime are Disappointed with the Way the NFL has Handled Itself

Jim Adair - September 16, 2014

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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.

Chicago Fans Steal Helmet, Dump Beer on Jet

Kyle Scott - November 7, 2013

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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?!

If You Can Believe This, Beer at Citizens Bank Park is Relatively(!) Cheap

Kyle Scott - August 30, 2013

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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!).

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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.

A Comprehensive Citizens Bank Park Beer List

Kyle Scott - April 4, 2013

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Tonight’s Viewing Schedule: CBP Beer List on GSD and Ryan Howard on “The Office”

Kyle Scott - April 4, 2013

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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.

9 p.m.:

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.