Nats Beer Story Grows Sadder
Capitol City's sad absence from Nats Park actually contained a bit of intrigue, as detailed this week by colleague Greg Kitsock in the Food Section. There were at one time plans for Cap City to control 16 taps in the stadium, including eight in a left-field beer garden, Kitsock writes. And then?
The deal foundered, according to [head brewer Mike] McCarthy and Capitol City regional manager Mark Pearson, because Miller Brewing Co. -- a major sponsor of the Nationals -- objected to signs or banners bearing the Capitol City name.
Deprived of the opportunity to advertise, Capitol City management decided the venture wasn't worth it.
After the plan fell through, Silver offered Capitol City the opportunity to run a food stand on ground level behind center field. But the kiosk, said Capitol City President David von Storch, would have been accessible to only about 5,000 of the nearly 42,000 seats in the stadium -- and he was more interested in selling beer than food.
Also in the story, an e-mail buddy of mine, Tom Cizauskas, from Clipper City Brewing, says he attempted to meet with Centerplate and was brushed off.
There appear to be conflicting stories about how this all went down, with the Miller manager telling a different tale. At the risk of being obsessive, I'd like to say the D.C. ballpark crowd includes scads of beer enthusiasts who would rather drink local ales than imported pilseners, and that the two sides should just find a way to make it work. But in truth, we should all probably just go to brewpubs to drink good beer, since in those sanctuaries the beer is cheaper, there's a greater likelihood of getting spinach-artichoke dip, and there's a much smaller chance of seeing Paul Lo Duca ground into a game-ending double play.
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