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Beer Report: New Yankee Stadium

“Beer needs baseball, and baseball needs beer – it has always been thus”—writer Peter Richmond

While beer remains a ballpark staple for many fans, they can also indulge in a wide selection of wines, mixed drinks and even sake by the plastic cup at the new Yankee Stadium. This is very much a 21st century ballpark, so all of these options are available in the general concourses, ranging from the simple regular beer from a concession stand ($6 for about 10 ounces, depending on the pour) to martinis, mixed drinks and the small cup of sake ($9).

But back to beer. There is Budweiser, Bud Light and Miller Lite, with a 16-ounce brew going for $9 ($10 in a souvenir cup as the park opened in 2009). If that’s not traditional enough for you, hit one of the Retro Beer stands where they sell large cans of Schlitz, Schaefer and PBR. Of course, they pour it from the can into a cup, so what’s the point? For more diverse offerings hit the Beers of the World stands, where you can get imports like Heineken, Stella Artois, Pilsner Urquell and Bass. There is also Brooklyn Lager – wrong borough but good beer.

Here are a few other things to keep in mind:

  • Besides the aforementioned regular (really a small) brew for $6, you’re going to be paying $9-10 to quench your thirst, which sounds criminal until you remember that, hey, you’re at the new Yankee Stadium. Ok, it’s still a little criminal, but have another and you’ll stop worrying.
  • Beer sales end at the end of the 7th inning, so have a plan.
  • Beer is allowed again in the bleachers but there are no vendors out there.