We’ve read about Yankee Stadium’s problems for two weeks now. Too many home runs. Not enough fans in the seats. Too expensive. Frankly, it’s played out. But now comes news of a truly serious problem*:
THE new Yankee Stadium has a problem. No, it’s not all those home runs, it’s the beer.
The stadium pushes the usual mass-market brews, which is to be expected of any big venue. It also has a beers-of-the-world stand that sells brews like Heineken, from the Netherlands; Beck’s, from Germany; and Stella Artois, from Belgium — all from nowheresville, if you ask me.
It has a retro-beer stand that sells — give me strength — Pabst Blue Ribbon and Schaefer. If you look really hard, you can find Guinness, which is an acceptable fallback. But with all the great craft beers available nowadays, why aren’t any of them at Yankee Stadium?
The article veers off of baseball here and delves into an extended discussion of American craft pilsners, so if that’s your thing, then this is really your thing. For my part, if, as the article notes, they’re really charging $9 for a 16 ounce can of Pabst at Yankee Stadium, I can’t imagine how much, say, a Tröegs Sunshine Pils would run you if they thought to carry it.
I’ll also note that given all of the charges that Yankee Stadium caters only to the elites, maybe not carrying American beers with semi-ironic umlauts in their name is a good thing. I mean really, wouldn’t you guzzle Miller High Life all afternoon if it meant a reasonably priced seat in that park? I sure would.
*note: due to a glitch in the New York Times‘ matrix, I may have seen this article before its time. It was dated April 29th when I saw it this morning, and the main page of it had trouble loading. As of 6:30 AM you could still read the whole thing if you clicked “print this entry,” however. If that doesn’t work I’m guessing it will be up tomorrow.