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