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Dueling Brews: Another Beer Idea For Citi Field

March 9th, 2012 by Ceetar in 2012, Baseball, beer, Citi Field, Mets

Terrapin Brewery TapBrooklyn Brewery TapThis is an idea I’ve been bouncing around for a while, and then The Crazy Mets Fan made a comment on Twitter to Matt Cerrone that he should get a pub in Citi Field called Cerrone’s with some nice IPAs.  I chimed in (and you can follow me on Twitter here) that they should do dueling brews.

 

This started as a thought about a variable beer menu at Citi Field.  The best beer bars are not the ones with a good selection, but the ones with a rotating selection of seasonal and small release beers.  The idea was solidified while following the Giants Super Bowl run this year.   Brooklyn Brewery in New York and Anchor Steam in San Francisco made a wager on the NFC Championship game that the team’s brewery that lost would serve the beers of the other brewery.  Brooklyn beers flowed in San Francisco, and it was wonderful.

 

So why not do the same thing at Citi Field?  We know which teams are coming in for each homestand.  Why not have two rotating taps, one serving beers local to New York (minus the Bronx) and one serving beers from the city of the away team.  These two taps would ‘duel’ until one was empty, becoming the winner.  I’m not quite sure what the beer would win besides an announcement that it’d won, but it’d be a fun way to introduce Mets fans to the brews of their enemy and provide the beer-loving masses, who’s size is underestimated, with some nice beer to drink while watching baseball.

 

The first homestand features the Braves and the Nationals.  I don’t know what the availability and distribution rules are for acquiring beer from far away places, but Terrapin is an Atlanta brewery that you can find in New York, so it’d be a good choice.  Washington DC is a little tougher, and perhaps the toughest baseball city.  Baltimore has some options, but that’s a different team.  Shenandoah Brewing bills itself as Washington DC’s only brewery, but as far as I know they don’t distribute to New York.   Flying Dog is nearby, but it’s based in Maryland and equidistant to Baltimore.  On the other hand, AL is junior league baseball and it doesn’t really count.

 

I think this would be a cool idea.  Citi Field needs more distinctive beers outside of the Anheuser Busch distribution agreement and why not tie it to what’s going on on the field?  That’s why we all go there after all.

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  • http://Gravesendblend.com Patrick

    Great idea. Those are the things that make going to the game fun.

  • attgig

    I love the idea, but, getting only a couple kegs for a homestand could be really cost prohibitive. Instead, I think you have a bar with ~17 taps. 15 of them dedicated to serving microbrews from all the NL cities for the whole year (although, I don’t know what you would do with ST Louis & milwakee… bud & miller? ugh. i guess you’d have to), and then 2 others for interleague, though for the yankees, you might as well do a corporate giant like the yankees as well.

    Then, when the visiting team comes to town, you make THEIR beer the special for the series. It’s not a regular bar, so they’d never do a happy hour, but, maybe with a special cup with the mets logo and the opposing team’s logo printed on it, or maybe have some sort of rewards card, where if you get a card punched out with every single series through the whole year, you get a special tshirt or something.

    In terms of the battle, I’d think that you’d get the visiting team’s beer winning most of the time. Just because, everyone’s tried Brooklyn Brewery. As a beer drinker, I’d WANT to try a different beer. and if most people thought that way…well, i’d think the other beer would have more people trying it.

  • attgig

    woops correction:
    ^for the yankees, you might as well do a giant corporate beer like bud as well^

  • http://www.ceetar.com Ceetar

    Yeah, there are probably some kinks to work out. I don’t know if there is space for a whole bar (well, there probably is depending on where you want to locate it. Like on the Pepsi Porch? ) You can probably find something from St. Louis and Milwaukee but sometimes those places don’t really distribute. (And that’s where the cost comes in. I don’t imagine buying a few kegs of Terrapin from the local distributor is really cost-prohibitive, nevermind the 400% markup)

    But maybe corporate sponsorship helps make this happen. Call it the Bud Light Beer Wars Bar. or something. But I’d worry they’d get in the way of the local/craft idea.

    Maybe we flip flop it. Drink the enemy beer to sap their strength and get the Mets a point. In this way the Mets would win most of the time.

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