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March 30, 2011

Natty Boh on draft confirmed at Camden Yards

Natty Boh will be served on draft at Camden Yards starting Monday, the home season opener, the Orioles confirmed Tuesday.

Pabst Brewing Company had made an announcement in early March, but the Orioles and its concessionaire, Delaware North Sportservice, hadn't confirmed the deal as late as March 18.

The new development came after the concessionaire announced a new menu for Camden Yards last week. 

Boh and the Orioles have a long history going back to 1954. 

It used to be the team's official beer. And the chairman of the brewery, Jerry Hoffberger, was a majority owner of the team from 1965 to 1979.

But the stadium's concessionaire stopped selling the beer in 1992 when the team moved from Memorial Stadium to Camden Yards.

A Sun story from 1994 announced the establishment of a microbrewery stand at Camden Yards that would also include Boh, but it's not clear if it was then sold on draft or by the bottle, or for how long it was available there. The Orioles and Pabst could not clarify.

Boh stopped being sold on kegs in 1996.

The return of the beer on draft is part of Pabst's attempt to revive the brand; the company has been under new ownership since last year.

Its first Boh shipment in January consisted of 900 kegs to some 80 locations in Maryland.

Pabst spokesman Andy Gurjian said the company has not yet pursued M&T Bank Stadium or any of the area's other sports venues, but did not say if it planned on doing so.

Update: Gurjian responds, "We're always looking at potential avenues to bring Natty Boh to sports fans throughout Baltimore but we haven't approached anyone else yet."

After Pimlico Race Course stopped carrying it in 1993, it seems National Bohemian has not been sold on tap at any other of the city's sports venues.  

The press release from the Orioles did not say how much Boh will cost at the stadium. 

It did say the beer will be served at several locations and also as a special "Bucket of Boh's" at the suites on the club level. There will also be a branded Natty Boh Bar on the first base side of the lower concourse.

Last week, Richard Gorelick reported on Camden Yards' new food menu, which includes a new Natty Boh bratwurst sandwich.

Photo: An advertisement for National Bohemian Beer in the Baltimore Orioles' 1955 sketch book


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Posted by Erik Maza at 11:56 AM | | Comments (11)
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Nothing like getting 1 Boh at the ball park for the price of a case at the local store. Besides, I will never understand what this city loves Naty Boh so much. They hate teh Indianapolis Colts for moving out of town, yet Naty boh moved out of town in the 70's and is still so warmly received here. and it is garbage to boot.

How much will it cost?

I'd love to see $2 or $3 beers there. Then I might even go to more than 3 games a year.

You will never, ever see $2 or $3 beers at the ballpark. 40,000 drunk idiots is a recipe for disaster; just look at Preakness.

Agreed. Garbage beer. Like drinking liquid sandpaper.

If the O's are smart...they'll offer $2 or $3 Boh's during the week and $4 or $5 Boh's on weekends. You might see more than 8,000 fans at a Tues night Royals game if the beer was cheaper.

Speaking of ... how about a CORKBOARD for Opening Day specials (Monday, 4/4)?

$4 Miller Lite cans at Pickles are awesome, but I'm hoping bars somewhere will have good lunch/drink specials for a pregame.

WHO CARES!!!! NOW THAT THE CREEPS AT DELAWARE NORTH HAVE CLOSED THE CAMDEN CLUB, THE FUN FACTOR AT ORILES PARKS HAS SHARPLY DECLINED!!!....YUP, THATS THE ORIOLES WAY, TAKE AS MUCH ENJOYMENT OUT OF THE EXPERIENCE AS POSSIBLE.

@Kanton Kid- expect that CORKBOARD around April 15th.

Not trying to shamelessly plug, but we're covering the "good beer" scene at Camden Yards this year on a daily basis, leading up to Opening Day (click name for more). Lots of great local breweries being represented for the first time at Oriole Park this season, thanks to Delaware North moving in.

This is old news, Boh and OPACY has been public knowledge for over a month, now will somebody PLEASE tell me where I can watch march madness games?

The Natty Boh Lounge in Towson has Boh on draft for $2.50. I watched the March Madness games there.

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About Erik Maza
Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at erik.maza@baltsun.com. Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.
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