Ballpark Brews: Search for Good Beer
As you saw from my last post Nationals Park has some great over-priced macro brews. So the question came about: can good beer be found at the stadium? I decided to get to the game early to answer this question by searching for some good beer (if it exists). Well the first few beer stands I came across were not very stellar with the macro beer lineup of: Miller Lite, MGD, Bud, Bud Light, Bud Lime (for Shintern), etc. So I continued on around the concourse and came across this stand:
Yes this was considered “good” beer for most people at the stadium with Heineken (and the Light version), Dos Equis (sorry I’m not The Most Interesting Man) and Newcastle. While these beers do have a lot more flavor than the macro beer lineup, I, the beer snob I’ve grown to be, still consider these to be crap. So I kept on walking to the next stand:
Sorry for the blurriness, but that is Pilsner Urquell, some mystery beer (I wasn’t about to try that scariness), Stella and Bass. These are no better than the previous stand; it’s like a beer tour of the macro breweries of Europe. So I continued on to a stand that doesn’t even deserve a picture…they had Bluemoon and Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat. This is when I started talking myself into the Pilsner Urquell: “that’s a solid pilsner”, but no! I continued on because I’ve heard rumors of Nationals Park having some good beer. Then finally I got to a stand with some actual micro brews:
I was ecstatic to finally find some beer with flavor: Old Dominion Ale (English Pale Ale) and Fordham Copperhead Ale (Altbier). These Breweries are generally local (Delaware and Maryland) so it was not too much of a surprise to find them at the stadium, but it was a welcome relief from all the macro beers widely available throughout the stadium.
So the answer is yes good beer can be found at the stadium, but wait there’s more!
A rain delay gave me a chance to go on a search for more beer! I heard rumors of Dogfish being available at the stadium, but I never believed it. So I had time (an hour and a half rain delay) to go look; and much to my surprise I came across this stand behind section 136:
The mythical Dogfish has been found!!! I couldn’t believe it, multiple decent beers in the same place! Those would be the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Kona Longboard Lager, Starr Hill Amber Ale, Starr Hill Lucy, Dogfish 60 Minute IPA, and Sam Adams Summer (Meh)! Each were the standard $8.
So there you have it, good beer really can be found at Nationals Park!