2 Mid-Atlantic Brewing News PUBLISHERS Bill Metzger firstname.lastname@example.org Jamie Magee email@example.com EDITOR Greg Kitsock firstname.lastname@example.org Game continued from cover year and added it to its High End division of former craft brewers from around the coun-try.) And you can't miss the huge Budweiser logos on the center field wall or atop the big Budweiser Terrace next to the Bud Light Loft on the club level. Seven Baseline Brew stands around the park feature only ABI products. ABI also replaced the Sam Adams Bar with the Goose Island Pub on the main concourse (ABI bought the once independent Chicago brewer several years before it acquired Devils Backbone). “We used to be widely available in Nationals Stadium,” Sam Ad-ams maker Jim Koch told American Brewer magazine earlier this year. “Then ABI came in and kicked us out. We might have one or two tap handles in out-of-the-way places, but it’s brands like Goose Island and Devils Backbone that are being pushed to the consumer.” Likewise, ABI's Blue Point Brewing has its own gallery level stand, featuring its own products. The Inside Pitch free program available at the gates featured two color pages of Bud-weiser ads. Budweiser is also sponsoring six Pups in the Park events this season: patrons can bring their dogs to the family picnic area for an additional $10. The Nationals and ABI have also teamed up to offer a “Bud and Baseball” ticket that includes a seat to the game and a Bud, Bud Light or non-alcoholic bever-age at a discount Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. This sale is not available with competitors. 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Over 50,000 copies are distributed to breweries, brew on prem-ises, homebrew supply shops, and high variety beer bars and stores across the Mid-Atlantic region. One year sub scrip tions (6 issues) are available for $20 US or $25 Canadian at the following address: MABN . 571 South Park Ave.Buffalo, NY 14204. All material ©2017 by Mid-Atlantic Brewing News , unless otherwise noted. The Left Field Lodge at Nationals Stadium offer six beers from Devils Backbone Brew-ing, a Virginia brewer owned by Anheuser-Busch. They include Earned Run Ale, a brew made exclusively for the ballpark. PHOTO BY CHARLES PEKOW District Drafts Office Phone: You’ll have to look more closely, but you can find some local craft products and other alcoholic beverages. The Nationals are featuring a rotating tap program for local brewers this season at four District Drafts stands around the park. Each home stand features a different selection, which may include beers from such DC opera-tions as Right Proper Brew-ing, 3 Stars Brewing, DC Brau and Hellbender Brewing, as well as breweries in Maryland and Virginia. A trip to the park in mid-May found stands serving Right Proper's Raised by Wolves , DC Brau's El Hefe Speaks , Old Ox's Golden Ox and Atlas' Home Rule IPL . We also found products by Port City Brewing and Flying Dog Brewing. “There was a lot of fear it would go away but it looks like they stood by the local brewers,” says Chris Percello, Right Proper brewery operations manager. “It's a huge boost in sales when we're on.” Port City Brewing in Alexandria, Va. will offer a different brew at the park at each homestand, promises founder Bill Butcher. “We get together with the other District brewers in the off-season, usually in Janu-ary or February,” and with team officials to determine what beer to supply, he says. “It allows us to mix up the beer styles so we don't have a lot of rep-etition.” The brewery even sponsored a tailgate party earlier this season, offering picnic food, Port City beer and a game ticket for $75. But Butcher also notes that while the ball-park sells a lot of his beer, “we have to pay attention to the Nats' schedule. As a small brewer, they can have an impact on our supply.” He adds that “DC is a very sophisticated beer market with very so-phisticated baseball fans. The Nationals organiza -tion seems to recognize that and support local brewers because that's what the fans expect.” Prices don't vary much. Budweiser offers drafts for $9 and premium bottles for $9.50. You'll shell out $10.50 for a craft bottle around the park but $10.75 for a local draft. “It's a huge boost in sales when we're on.” Nationals Exclusives Two breweries have crafted beers especially for the Nats. From Atlas Brew Works in Washington, DC comes 1500 South Cap Lager , a light (4.7% abv), golden helles-style beer. Brewery president Justin Cox comments, “They wanted to work with a local brewery to produce a local beer for the park and we were lucky enough to win them over. We worked with them on style and recipe creation, shooting for a beer style that’s perfect for a hot DC summer day in the stands.” The lager also is available in draft and sixpacks outside the stadium. But you'll have to visit Nats Park if you want to try one Virginia-brewed beer. Devils Backbone created Earned Run Ale ( ERA ) exclusively for park patrons. The team proposed the idea to the Roseland brewery. “They came down last summer (at the recommendation of wholesalers who supply the stadium, not just because ABI owns Devils Backbone) and said, 'We want to do this,'” relates Devils Backbone COO Hayes Humphreys. “They wanted something perfectly made for a baseball game,” a quaf-fable (4.2% abv) IPA with fruity hops for hot weather that also “perks the palate up and will cleanse the palate” and will pair with heavy ballpark food such as hot dogs. Devils Backbone bandied about various ideas for the name. It opted against refer-ences to the presidential figures who race around the park because it would have to seek rights from descendants of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt. “I have no idea how they'd feel about it,” Humphreys says. The company thought bet-ter of using a name like “slugger” because the latter term “has a big appeal to children,” Humphreys says. After 327 responses, the beer rating site Untappd gave ERA a rather mediocre rating of 3.53 out of 5. But 3.53 is a better ERA than the Nationals' bullpen has produced so far this year.