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Critic Cries in Beer Over Ballpark Brews

Drinking tour of sports stadiums draws Bronx cheer
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2008 5:07 AM CDT

(Newser) – Nothing like downing a cold one while watching the game at the ballpark—or is there? On a beer-tasting tour of select baseball stadiums, Portfolio's connoisseur Franz Lidz found the brew generally lukewarm, with a rank aftertaste. "Nobody tastes stadium beer," said his neighbor at Shea Stadium. "It tastes like nothing."

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There's never much choice beyond Bud and Miller Lite at stadiums, save for the Grolsch and draft Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen at Shea. At Chicago's Wrigley field, Lidz did detect a surprising sweetness in his $6 Budweiser—half the price of his pint at Dodger Stadium. It turns out his 7-year-old neighbor had been lacing his cup with caramel corn. (Read more beer stories.)

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