I like baseball, I really do. And I enjoy beer, too. Occasionally, I like to combine the two, as in enjoying a good beer while watching a live game at the Skydome. (I know, it’s supposed to be the Rogers Centre now, but it will always be the Skydome to me.)
But like I noted up top, there are limits. Attending the Blue Jays third game of the season last Wednesday – their only loss to date, BTW – I went off in search of a beer on the 100 level of the stadium, preferably something with a bit of flavour. And what did I find? How about 500 ml cans of Stella Artois or Sleeman Cream Ale for a whopping $10 a pop! Ten dollars!! And that for beer which is, in a pinch and served cold, only just acceptable so far as taste goes. If there is a craft beer stand or a slew of imaginative imports available somewhere, I missed it during my third to first base walk around the yard.
When my buddies Lew Bryson and Don Russell head to Citizens Field in Philadelphia for a game, not only do they get to watch the World Series champs, they also get to choose from Victory Hop Devil, Sly Fox Pikeland Pils, Anchor Steam, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Dogfish 60 Minute IPA and a slew of other craft beers.
And they don’t have to pay two cents a millilitre for it, either.