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Burning River Pale Ale (and more)
Cleveland has come a long way since ‘Ten Cent Beer Night.’ That was the game in 1974 when the woebegone Indians, looking to attract fans to old Municipal Stadium, offered beers for a dime all night. The results were predictable: streakers, fights, players dodging flying bottles and batteries, and finally an on-field riot that caused umps to call the game and award a forfeit win to the visiting Texas Rangers.
No one’s getting a beer for a dime in Cleveland or anywhere else these days. The excellent, Cleveland-based Great Lakes Brewing Co. makes up for it, though. Their beers are popular at the Pro, and you gotta love the names: Burning River Pale Ale (in honor of Cleveland’s polluted Cuyahoga River catching fire in 1969); Eliot Ness Amber Lager; Holy Moses White Ale; Commodore Perry IPA; and the Edmund Fitzgerald Porter (remember the song about the tragic sinking?). Progressive has other micro-brews on tap such as Michigan-based Bell’s, and also offers Bud and Miller products and, with a nod to the Irish, Guinness.
For something a little different head to the Market Bar near Progressive’s indoor food, which features the Long Beach, described as “a punchy concoction of clear liquors blended with cranberry juice and a Long Island Iced Tea.”
There are a few spots where fans can head inside for a drink and some food. The Club Lounge and Terrace Club are both exclusive and pretty expensive, although the food and drink options go well beyond regular ballpark fare (roast beef and crab legs, anyone?). For working stiffs, the Batter’s Eye Bar is located behind right-center field. The view of the game falls short of ideal, but no one seems to mind too much. Frozen daiquiris and Hurricane cocktails are popular out there, as well as beer and other cocktails.