I received a lot of reaction to a facebook post about the beer at the ball park. I posted a photo of the beer prices at the “Spirits of Ohio” stand in section 154 at Progressive Field and in came the feedback. Overall, nobody would pay the price of the local craft beer options now available at the park. There was outrage and disbelief.
Relax people, it is “only beer” and there are some good local craft beer options for around the same price as the traditional overpriced macro beers.
I am sure some of these same people pay $6.75 or more for a Bud or Miller Lite at the stadium. Or, perhaps they don’t go to the games. Maybe they watch the games from home or at the local pub and pay a lot less on the evening. Believe me, I do not go to the park often, maybe 4-6 times a year, but I would rather support the fact that there are more craft beer options available when I do go to the stadium and pay a little bit more.
Of course, some of the prices are excessive. $30 for a Hoppin Frog Black & Tan? No thanks. $15.75 for a 22oz of The Brew Kettle Four C’s. I can handle that. $7.75 for a whole host of other local craft options including Great Lakes, Thirsty Dog, Buckeye, Crooked River and more? Yes. My view is that if you are going to enjoy a beer at the game, support the local and craft brews. You can buy a draught for $7.75 of a Thirsty Dog Twisted Kilt and an assortment of Great Lakes for $6.75. The problem is, there is only one craft beer stand and that is in section 154.
The argument of whether it is going to turn non-craft beer drinkers off is pretty much non-existent since there is only one stand. Plus the stand that sells these beers also sells Miller Lite, Bud, Labatt, etc.
Sure, everything is overpriced at the games. A vendor selling hot chocolate was charging $6.75… for some cocao mix and water. Again, most of the craft beer selections are only $6.75 or $7.75. When we go to our local beer store, isn’t it more expensive to purchase our beloved craft beers over the InBev, MillerCoors, etc. of the world? So are we just going to stay home and watch our teams on TV or go to the games and boycott any beer purchases?
As for the “Your Dad’s Beer Stand” selling Pabst, Blatz, Genessee, Stroh’s. I am not really interested in it.
I know that it was cold and wet, but there were under 10,000 fans were at the game tonight, and that was with the Red Sox in town. Go Tribe. Go local craft beer at the stadium.