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Kauffman Stadium Ballpark Beer Review

Josh Augustine, September 30, 2013 -   

Beer from Missouri’s largest brewery is ubiquitous in most ballparks, but the it’s the state’s second largest brewery that has made its way around Kauffman Stadium. Okay, yeah, there’s still plenty of A-B also, but the ease of access to Boulevard beers makes the Royals’ home field a pretty decent place for a beer lover to catch a ballgame.

At the time of writing, Kansas City’s last home game of the 2013 season has already been played, but one would presume that these maps will remain mostly consistent from year to year, barring a large scale renovation or notable change in sponsorship.

Kauffman is a solid if unspectacular stadium. Parking is ample and organized and it’s easy to get around inside the stadium itself. The fountains are kind of neat and people wear Jeff Franceour jerseys/shirseys. The Royals museum is genuinely interesting, and there are somewhat amusing fan activities, like the one where you run from pretend home plate to pretend first base and compare your time to your favorite Royals superstars (I’m totally faster than Billy Butler). It’s also not too difficult to find a decent beer:

Here’s the full list of craft offerings within the park:

  • Boulevard Wheat
  • Boulevard Pale Ale
  • Boulevard KC Pils
  • Boulevard Zon
  • Boulevard 80 Acre
  • Goose Island 312
  • Goose Island IPA
  • Guinness Draught
  • Leinenkugel Summer Shandy
  • Leinenkugel Wheat
  • Leinenkugel Red Lager
  • New Belgium Shift
  • New Belgium Fat Tire
  • New Belgium Ranger IPA
  • Schlafly IPA
  • Schlafly Stout
  • Stone IPA
  • Stone Pale Ale
  • Stone Levitation

Not too shabby. You don’t have to walk far to get a decent beer, unless you’re on the first base side of the 300 level. The beer selection, for the most part, follows the solid-but-unspectacular trend. Many of the stands simply have Boulevard Wheat and Boulevard Pale, and a few others have Guiness Draught, as well as not-really-craft offerings of Harp, Smithwicks, and Blue Moon. The Boulevard Pub in section 130, at the time of my visit, offered Boulevard Wheat, Pale, KC Pils, Zon, and 80 Acre Hoppy Wheat, and it’s worth noting that on previous visits I’ve also seen their excellent Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale on tap. There’s also the “Leine Stand” behind section 201 in the event that you would want a Leinenkugel Summer Shandy, Wheat, or Red Lager for some reason. When you get up to the 400 Level, the Captain Morgan Bar behind section 419/420 had Goose Island’s IPA, as well as a handful of Boulevard beers.

Where things get interesting, however, are at the Rivals Club in right field and the 390 Bar And Grill behind section 301. These are both indoor bar-type places, and the craft offerings at both include Boulevard Wheat on tap, and the following in cans or bottles: Stone IPA, Stone Pale, Stone Levitation, New Belgium Shift, New Belgium Fat Tire, New Belgium Ranger IPA, Boulevard Pale, Angry Orchard Cider, Schlafly IPA, and Schlafly Stout. Kauffman isn’t PetCo by any means, but between the Boulevard offerings, a sprinkling of other reputable brewers, and the frequency of beer stands, it’s certainly no slouch.

Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri: 87/100

Top Beers: Guinness Draught (9.82), Stone IPA (6.54), New Belgium Shift (6.11), Boulevard 80-Acre (4.53), Boulevard Tank 7 (if it happens to be there) (5.69).
Excellent Stands: I would say 3-4 are excellent with 9-10 others being solid.
Price: $8-11

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