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April 11, 2011

The definitive Oriole Park 2011 beer menu: Heavy Seas, Flying Dog, even gluten-free beer

Don't wanna pay $7.50 for a Natty Boh at Oriole Park? Well, there's a lot of other overpriced beer to choose from.

Delaware North Companies Sportservice just sent me the beer menu for the ballpark this season.

It includes six regional brews - from Fordham, Heavy Seas, Flying Dog, Dogfish, Evolution, and the Raven.

And 13 domestics, 6 imported beers for sale and one that's gluten-free, Redbridge. 

The menu I got doesn't say what's on draft or what's by the bottle, and is also missing prices. No doubt it'll be as overpriced as the Natty Boh.

Will update when I have those details.

The full list is below:

Oriole Park's 2011 beer menu:

Fordham Brewing Company
Fordham Copperhead

Heavy Seas
Heavy Seas Gold
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon
Heavy Seas Pale Ale
Heavy Seas Seasonal

Flying Dog Brewery
Flying Dog Seasonal
Flying Dog Snake Bite
Flying Dog Tire Bite

Dogfish Head
(No details)

Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Evolution Lot. No. 3 Pale Ale

The Raven

Blue Moon
Bud Light
Bud Light Lime
Bud Select
Coors Light
Magic Hat
Michelob Ultra
Miller Lite
Pabst Blue Ribbon
Rolling Rock
Shock Top

Stella Artois


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Posted by Erik Maza at 12:49 PM | | Comments (20)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


hmmm. i know for sure they have hoegarden and old dominion stout

and seems like they have less taps of microbrews than they did before

A map of where to find it all might be helpful. Wandering the upper deck to find the one Loose Cannon tap is not fun at all.

The word I'm hearing from fans who have actually been to the park so far involves either 1) not being able to find whatever beer they're hoping to find or 2) finding out that the beer they desire is available at but one spot (maybe two) somewhere in the stadium that they're not. I'm certain, as with any bar trying to offer a lot of selection, that there are always going to be spot shortages and surprise additions to the menu; just as long as someone gives me a ticket and there's something better than "North American industrial lager" (and, yes, Natty Boh is in that category) to drink and there's more than a token representation of the alternatives ("I'm sorry, we sold out of that six-pack for the day"), I should be happy.

I'm of the opinion that I would theoretically be attending Oriole Park to attend a baseball game, and if having a specific beer is critical to my happiness there, I need a reality check on how spoiled an idiot I am. If I'm out for the beer, I could go to Pratt Street Ale House, Alewife or Max's and have better beer for cheaper while watching the game.

And a hot dog still doesn't taste right without a ball game in front of it.

I assume there's no change as to what the "beer man" is carrying around the seats?

I went to the games on Saturday and one nice change in response (sort of) to Dave's question above is that the beer men carry around more than one brand. So they may have Coors Light, Miller Lite, and Bud. In the past, the beer men only had one brand so if you didn't like the brand they guy had, you either had to wait for the right brand to come around or get up and get it on your own.

I think that Delaware North has a lot of room for improvement though. The lines for food and beer are unusually long and their signage is poor. For example, at one stand that had chicken fingers, hamburgers, turkey burgers, etc you had to be in a specific line to get those things. And if you wanted a hot dog along with one of the above items, you had to get into two different lines even though both were offered at the same stand. This had something to do with the way the cash registers were programmed I was told.

They have a week to get the lessons learned from this first week worked out. Hopefully someone was taking notes.

Micro's and imports are $8, only 50 cents more than Boh and bud.

I saw Heavy Seas (Pale, Gold, Cannon), Dominion (?), Flying Dog (Pale and IPA) and Frodham on tap and Dogfishead 60 min in bottles ($8) on the first level. Loose Cannon was south of Boogs on Sunday.

Beer guys still have Bud, Bud Light, Miller Light and Coors tall cans.

Just to echo a couple of previous comments. I've also had trouble finding the premium beers on tap, much more than last season. So if there's a map of where each beer is sold, that would be priceless.

And the only good thing about the pricing is that the premiums are barely more than Boh and Bud. If I see someone paying $7.50 for a Bud, it doesnt make my $8 as painful.

"So if there's a map of where each beer is sold, that would be priceless."

Thanks a lot, Mikepcfl. Now when Delaware North moves around the beer stands every game and sells maps to the day's beer offerings for $10 each, we'll know who to blame.

@Sunday Report,

I had 2 Dogfish 60 Min (12 oz bottles) on Opening Day and was "only" charged $7 each time. Have the prices already gone up??

@Fells PtDad

That's funny I was charged $8 on Opening Day at the MD Bar near home plate. Only had one beer. I think I was over charged since there is less beer in the bottle than in the drafts.

@Alexander D Mitchell IV
I should not have given Angelos, et al, any ideas on how to to get more money from us. I take full blame for trying to think of something convenient for us fans! LOL

Glad to hear the Beerguy now carries a selection. I've always waited for the Bud guy because if I'm paying 7.50 it better not be a light beer. (of course it would be better if he were carrying GOOD beer)

I too grabbed a $8 Loose Cannon south of Boog's on Sunday. No line there either. Definitely worth the extra 50 cents.

Don't forget Dominion Brewing Co. (Dover, DE) Oak Barrel Stout on tap along with their Hop Mountain in bottles.

Boh is actually only $5.75 in bottles

They actually had Magic Hat #9 as well. They have on the 1st base side underneath the "Boh Bar" and on the third base side underneath they have the crafty local beer bar. I will have no problem paying $8 for Loose Cannon, when the guy next to me is paying $7.50 for his Bud light

What if...

...they did away with the typical domestics and only sold craft/local brews at Camden Yards. At only fitty cents more, the additional cost per fan is not incredibly great, yet the overall perceived quality of beer/ballpark experience is significantly improved. Camden Yards could begin to market itself as the Best Beerpark in Baseball. Keep a cheaper Natty Boh on the menu for the groaners a la Old Style at Wrigley. I'm sure there are intricately entwined AmBev subsidies that would prevent this from being a practical approach for the ballpark, but...

...what if...

@ Charlie Brown - because 90% of the crowd at a ballgame isn't quite hip to craft beers. They actually enjoy the Lite beer they're used to drinking and beer that has flavor is actually a shock to them. Not being sarcastic here, just realistic. In a perfect world, that sounds fantastic. But not happening any time soon. Not to mention, BIG $$$ to be made from the wholesalers/distributors of those industrial beers.

$8/beer. "Only 5.75 for Boh bottles."

Brings a whole new meaning to the term "pissing your money away."

Miller light--Bud Light etc-- sales across the country are down 7.4% while micro brews are up almost 15%--

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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 Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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