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Citizens Bank Park Ballpark Beer Review

J. R. Shirt, May 15, 2014 -   

The terrible photo above is the view of Citizens Bank Park from the outfield in the standing room only area above the bullpens. The white dot in the center is Cliff Lee. The other white dots scattered about on the field are some other members of the Philadelphia Phillies, specifically Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, and Ben Revere. Where the third baseman is in the above image is anyone's guess.

A walk around the main concourse of the ballpark reveals a large quantity of craft beer, much of it on tap and local. However, as is often the case when quantity is mentioned, the quality of the local choices leaves a lot to be desired. Sure, the offerings from Victory, Troegs, Yards, Sly Fox, Flying Fish, and Prism aren't bad, but they aren't great either. Are they good? Sure, they're good, some better than others (see the BAR ranking in the table below for a pretty good representation of how the local choices fare). They definitely aren't the breweries' best offerings though.

 

Allagash White

5.92

Anchor Steam Beer

2.78

Brooklyn Lager

4.33

Dogfish Head 60 minute

7.14

Flying Fish Extra Pale Ale

-1.03

Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat

2.45

Goose Island Honkers Ale

1.33

Goose Island IPA

2.39

Lagunitas IPA

5.62

Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy

6.73

Long Trail Pale Ale

-0.01

Ommegang Witte

3.25

Otter Creek Hop Session

0.11

Prism Shady Blonde (?)

1.22

Sam Adams Boston Lager

3.69

Sam Adams Summer Ale

2.09

Sly Fox Pikeland Pils

2.29

Troegs Dreamweaver Wheat

1.85

Troegs Sunshine Pils

2.91

Troegs Troegenator Doublebock

3.67

Victory Alley Lager

???

Victory Hopdevil

3.27

Victory Summer Love

2.77

Yard's Brawler

2.86

Yard's Philadelphia Pale Ale

1.55

Yuengling Lager

5.62

With the exception of Yuengling, which perhaps shouldn't even be included in this discussion, Troegs Troegenator Doublebock and Victory's Hopdevil rank with the highest BAR totals from the local options. After filtering out Troegs' Scratch Beers and seasonals like Nugget Nectar, Troegenator is their third best offering with a Style+ of 104. Hopdevil is Victory's 8th ranked beer on their brewery page of our Leaderboards with a Style+ of 100.

What Citizens Bank Park has is a great quantity of local craft offerings with a high level of accessibility for the newly initiated and the curious.

In terms of non-local beers, Goose Island is literally everywhere. I don't think there is a concession stand that sells beer that didn't have the 312 Urban Wheat in cans. There were also at least three locations on the main level that had 312, Honker's Ale, and their IPA on draft (see the the red G's on the map, and the star in the outfield).

The stars in the outfield represent the Alley Brewing Company – one star where they say it is located on the park's website map, denoted with a question mark, and the other where it actually exists. Here you can find several taps of Victory's Alley Lager, which could not be located on our leaderboards but is not that exciting regardless. This is also where the best beers in the park can be found, which I would narrow down to Lagunitas IPA and Allagash White.

As with most ballparks, the pricing is rather confusing. For example, at the Alley Brewing Company, They offer Premium Beers for $8.50, Super Premium Beers for $9.50, and 24 oz. Premium Beers for $13. Lagunitas and Allagash are most likely Super Premium. The best value would probably be 24 oz. of Goose Island IPA for $13, assuming of course that it is considered premium and not super premium, as there was no 24 oz. Super Premium menu option. Who the hell knows. I feel more like I'm buying gasoline in New Jersey during an energy crisis than ordering a beer at a ballgame.

I say New Jersey because you aren't allowed to pump your own gas there. It creates an added pressure, in my opinion.

 

Citizens Bank Park: 87/100

Top Beers: Lagunitas IPA (5.62), Allagash White (5.92), Dogfish Head 60 Minute (7.14)

Excellent Stand(s): One (Alley Brewing Company in the outfield) plus multiple craft offerings at least every three sections on the Main Level. Most stands on the upper levels also had craft offerings.

Price: $8.50 and up

 

J. R. Shirt had been tailgating in FDR Park for several hours prior to completing the above Ballpark Beer Review, resulting in what may be less than perfect information regarding said beers and their locations. There is also a chance that he completely nailed it and everything is absolutely perfect. Follow him on Twitter and Untappd @beeronmyshirt

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