We were able to attend our first Dodger’s home game of 2012 on Friday night, and we made a detailed survey of the craft beer options at Dodger Stadium. Or, at least we tried. The pickings are depressingly slim this year. All of the Dodger Stadium-run concession outlets on the Field Level, where our seats were located, served MillerCoors and AB-INBEV beers exclusively with Miller, Coors, and Bud available in all their permutations. But where were the craft options?
Shocktop and Blue Moon were very well represented with a few different versions of Big Beer’s faux-craft options available across the concourse, and while these beers have more flavor than the alternative suds from Big Beer they are far from true craft options.
There were a couple of spots to get some real beer however. The Carls Jr. counter behind home plate was selling Sam Adams Boston Lager, and the Brooklyn Dodgers Pizzeria was pouring Firestone-Walker DBA. Both of those options ran craft beer fans $11.50 for 16oz. The only other option available was at Campy’s Corner “bar” on the first base-side where you could find Gordon Biersch Hefe or Marzen in a plastic pint bottle for $8.75.
We are not sure what is available on the Loge, Reserve, and Top-Deck levels or what is available in the exclusive Dugout Club or the Prime Ticket Club, but we doubt there is any hidden treasure trove of craft beer in Dodger Stadium currently. Let’s hope that the new ownership, who take control of the team today, will make improvements to the concessions, but we doubt any major changes will occur during the current season.