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A guide to Verizon Center's beer

And now, public-service journalism.

Over the summer, Ted Leonsis blogged about the incredible variety of beer at Verizon Center. Beer snobs quickly pointed out that having Bud, Bud light, Bud Light Lime Limte, Bud Light Wheat, Bud Select 55, Michelob, Michelob Amber Bock, Michelob Light and Michelob Ultra is like bragging about the incredible variety of Wonder Bread available at your brand new bakery.

But there were more than a few beers on the list that we'd all like to drink, leading to the next problem. Via The Pint Glass, which reviewed the arena's beer selection:

As drab as this sounds, the bigger issue will be location of any of these beers. There are two main concourses inside Verizon Center, full of concessions and humanity. Where will all this beer be?

A map and section-by-section menu will eventually be posted online (and be available for smart phones), but in the meantime, Monumental provided me with that menu. Below please find the full beer breakdown, plus what I believe are the new items on the list. This is why I went into journalism: to help The People.

Draft Beer
Bass - 104, 107, 416
Blue Moon - 403, 408, 427
Bud Light - 102, 110, 112, 402, 413, 416,
Budweiser - 102, 107, 110, 112, 116, 413
Coors Light - 116, 417, 432
Czechvar - 120
Dos Equis -110,119
Harp - 107, 118, 422
Guinness - 107, 118, 422
Kona Fire - 109, 424
Michelob Light - 112
Michelob Ultra - 102, 107, 112, 116, 402, 416
Miller Genuine Draft - [Working on this]
Miller Lite - 103, 116, 411, 432
Old Dominion - 429
Pilsner - 108, 400, 403, 408, 427
Red Hook ESB - 107, 112, 402, 416
Red Hook IPA - 107, 416
Shock Top - 413
Smithwick's - 107, 118, 422
Stella Artois - 107, 413, 416
Widmer Hefeweizen - 107
Yuengling - 414, 432

Bottled Beer
Bass - 421
Bud Light - 106, 107, 108, 111, 117, 421, 423, 427, 429
Bud Light Lime - 107, 117, 421
Budweiser - 106, 108, 111, 117, 421, 423, 427, 429
Coors Light - 102, 105, 106, 108, 119, 403, 407, 408, 414, 422, 427
Corona - 106, 109, 114, 402, 423
Corona Light - 423
Czechvar - 421
Dominion Ale - 117
Fordham Copperhead - 117
Heineken - 109, 114, 417
Hoegaarden - 421
Kona Fire - 421
Land Shark - 421
Michelob Ultra - 107, 111, 117, 421
Miller Lite - 105, 108, 119, 403, 407, 408, 414, 417, 422, 427
O'Doul's - 106 ,107, 402
Redbridge (gluten free) - 112
Red Hook ESB - 107, 421
Red Hook IPA - 107, 421
Samuel Adams - 109, 114
Starr Hill - 117, 421
Stella Artois - 117, 421

New Items
BBQ Burger - 120
Smoked Sausage - 120
Signature Seasonal Salad - 110, 416
Kosher Sandwiches - 110
Kosher Vegetarian/Vegan Sandwiches - 110
Boneless Chicken Wings - 117
Cheesesteaks - 117
Kosher Desserts - 110
Onion Rings - 120
Sweet Potato Fries - 120
Gluten Free Hot Dogs and Cookies - 110
Veggie Hoagie - 110, 416
Monster Nachos - 106, 119, 407, 427
Brownies - 110, 120
Cookies - 110, 120

By Dan Steinberg  | October 18, 2010; 2:17 PM ET
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Comments

"Miller Genuine Draft - [Working on this]"

Please don't....

Posted by: nepetro | October 18, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Bud Light Limte?

Posted by: maxhat4 | October 18, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

This list completely neglects the club level.

Posted by: Langway4Eva | October 18, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Good to know. I'd love to see a soda map, as I don't drink beer, not to mention a non-beer alcohol map... :-) This is useful information, though, especially the salad availability.

Posted by: irockthered | October 18, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what a 'monster nacho' is, but just the idea of one is enough to make me want to buy season tickets.

Posted by: EYoung77 | October 18, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Czechvar outside Section 120? Yes please.

And does "Pilsner" = Pilsner Urquell?

Posted by: Kev29 | October 18, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Is there an app for this?

Posted by: LouLewis | October 18, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

thanks, steinz! can anyone confirm, the only liquor on 400 level is at/around 400?

Posted by: hre1979 | October 18, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Alcohol is the devil's juice.

Posted by: pearlbullets | October 18, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

What about average price? A good selection is nice but I'm not going to pay a premium for exported beer if it's going to be $3 more per serving.

Also, it's OK to have a variety but most of the beers listed I could get at any beer/liquor store. Who goes to a sporting event and orders Czechvar? The only way a variety makes sense is to sell something local. (I'll assume Dominion Ale is local to DC.)

Posted by: bcalise | October 18, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

New Items
BBQ Burger - 120
Smoked Sausage - 120
....
Cheesesteaks - 117
....
Onion Rings - 120
Sweet Potato Fries - 120
....
************
Dead patrons who choked to death on aroma of fart gas rising from Section 120--227 and 431 (the two sections above 120)

Posted by: 1995hoo | October 18, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

BTW, Bass draught is sold at the barbecue stand behind 229. I haven't paid attention to what else is available on the 200-level this season because I haven't wanted to spend $8.00 for a beer when Green Flash West Coast IPA draught was available for $6.00 at RFD (and my brother was paying).

Posted by: 1995hoo | October 18, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Who goes to a sporting event and orders Czechvar?

Posted by: bcalise | October 18, 2010 3:18 PM

People who like real pilsner beer?

Posted by: Kev29 | October 18, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

can vouch for the monster nachos. yum.

Posted by: bottomfeeders10 | October 18, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

So you can get a Dos Equis, Corona, Stella or a Bass at a hockey game, but not a Labatts or Molson?

Something here is wrong...terribly wrong.

Posted by: AnnandaleAnnie | October 18, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Dan, this is the BEST column you ever wrote.

Posted by: benjaminsumner | October 18, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I feel like there should be more IPAs, but complaining about this kind of selection seems unreasonable.

Dan, if you want volunteers to do a beer tour of Verizon (call it "research"), you know where to reach me.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | October 18, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

The beer selection at arenas all comes down to what distributors the team's concessions provider has deals with. And it's usually with the bigger places - so you see the same brands pop up because their tied to the big brewers and companies (big American beers, Diageo - Guinness, Smithwicks, Harp, etc - Old Dominion is partially owned by Budweiser so they get thrown in there). It's not like Ted Leonsis says, "I like Red Hook IPA, order 100 kegs of that to sell". They're not hand picking beers, they're taking what the big companies offer.

Posted by: Kev29 | October 18, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

In much of the world "Czechvar" goes by its original name -- "Budvar". It is brewed in the town of Budvar, which in the 19th Century was under German control and went by the name "Budweiser". Some brewer from St. Louis borrowed the name of the company's award-winning, highly respected pilsner for the beer he was making in the U.S. After literally decades of legal actions, Anheuser-Busch sells its beer in Europe and certain other countries under the name "Bud", not "Budweiser" and Budvar sells its beer in the U.S. under the name "Czechvar".

Posted by: greggwiggins | October 18, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

AnnandaleAnnie, last month I was in Ontario during Toronto Beer Week and did some research at a Blue Jays game. Some Canadian brands were there, but neither Labatt's or Molson. The most common beers at the concession stands and carried by the vendors of Rogers Centre (the ballpark formerly known as SkyDome) were Budweiser and Bud Light.

Posted by: greggwiggins | October 18, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Dan. I was hoping there was a secret grove of craft stuff at some part of the arena that I never see : / but this is really great transparency/research for the consumer by you.

Kev29's point is exactly correct.

I'm a major geek and was procrastinating at work today, so here's a pie graph breakdown I made of these by brewery type and style:

https://sites.google.com/site/verizonbeer/

Dominion's owned 49% by A-B I believe. All the imports are owned by one of the global macro firms (such as Diageo, Cerveceria Modelo who owns Corona, or InBev who owns, but has yet to ruin, Hoegaarden).

Starr Hill (localish!), Fordham, Red Hook and Widmer are all distributed by A-B.

Shock Top and Landshark Lager are A-B 9 produced. Blue Moon is Coors produced.

Sam and Yuengling are the only U.S. breweries there not distributed by an A-B size global company.

Although I think I've seen Lienenkugel's there, which is an independent (if not craft-size) brewery).

Goose Island is now a part of Craft Alliance as with Red Hook, Fordham and Widmer, (= same A-B distribution) . . .would love to see their IPA or Honkers at Verizon (or even Prez Obama's fave wheat, 312). Bourbon county stout....maybe I'll save to sip on while watching the game at home.

What about the caps-branded red ale I recently saw from Leinie's, I think, at Verizon? It was mediocre, but the paucity of any hop forward beer or styles beyond lager made it the best thing in the area I was in...

Now I might just have to up my 15-game Caps package to something bigger if Ted could get one of these guys concession space at Verizon http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=news&cd=1&ved=0CCcQqQIwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtoncitypaper.com%2Fblogs%2Fyoungandhungry%2F2010%2F10%2F14%2Four-cups-runneth-over-wave-of-local-beer-to-hit-d-c%2F&ei=aMO8TN6MCYSq8Ab-xpXbCw&usg=AFQjCNEJJuzsz99LoPtCVb0qINprGH9y2g

Posted by: coffeebreath | October 18, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

If they don't serve Two Hearted Ale, I'll just have water.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | October 18, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

I guess i will have to buy tickets near 421 where kona is serverd...

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | October 19, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Vidmeer Eff-a-visen. Must be purchased with a mock german accent.. ja. Don't let them fruit da beer!

Posted by: fricknoutstandin | October 19, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

No Dogfish Head IPA 60. Disappointed, to say the least.

Posted by: noreaster1 | October 19, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

coffeebreath, Leinenkugel's is an independently-owned craft brewery (Chippewa Falls, WI), but it's now distributed by MillerCoors.

You're lucky to have access to Kona. They don't distribute to the midwest. I hear they make a mean coconut porter, too.

If any of you are coming up to St. Paul for the Caps/Wild game, I'll give you the skinny on the local brews of note.

Posted by: JohninMpls | October 19, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

God bless you, Steinberg.

Posted by: bryc3 | October 19, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Also, if you really saw a Caps-branded Leinie's Red, you'll have to let me know. That would be so awesome.

Posted by: JohninMpls | October 19, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

The beer selection at arenas all comes down to what distributors the team's concessions provider has deals with. And it's usually with the bigger places - so you see the same brands pop up because their tied to the big brewers and companies (big American beers, Diageo - Guinness, Smithwicks, Harp, etc - Old Dominion is partially owned by Budweiser so they get thrown in there). It's not like Ted Leonsis says, "I like Red Hook IPA, order 100 kegs of that to sell". They're not hand picking beers, they're taking what the big companies offer.

Posted by: Kev29 | October 18, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Baltimore-based Clipper City/Heavy Seas craft beers are avail at O's games. It would not be hard for Verizon to have a single cart serving craft beer

Posted by: BlueberryRuffin | October 19, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

You will find a lot more than "Pilsner" behind section 400.
This list is woefully incomplete.

Posted by: Wiley_One1 | October 19, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

The reference to Red Hook is in error -- that was last year, at least with respect to 107 and perhaps arena-wide.

I think it's been replaced with IPA, a completely respectable brew.

Better double check tonight, but so far in 2010 that's the case

Posted by: Justafan | October 19, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

"Dead patrons who choked to death on aroma of fart gas rising from Section 120--227 and 431 (the two sections above 120)

Posted by: 1995hoo | October 18, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse"

Poopy McPoop, missed again.

And what's not to like about section 107? Information for Life.

Posted by: WorstSeat | October 19, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

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