As the summer days lengthen and the nights become warmer, many proud citizens are heading out to the diamonds to spectate America’s sport. Baseball has long been an integral part of our society, delighting crowds for over a century. One thing every red-blooded American should know about this sport is its closeness to a certain beverage. As a top brewpub in Minneapolis, The Herkimer is all about the link between beer and baseball. Today, our brewery bar will continue off of last week’s look at the history of baseball and beer. When you’re in need of a place to enjoy a frosty brew while watching the best hardball in the world, be sure to stop by The Herkimer!
Beer, Meet Baseball
Once a beer garden was installed at Sportsman’s Park, the winning combination began to gain steam. The St. Louis Brown Stockings didn’t hurt this new movement, either, rising up to dynasty-status during this era. By combining a winning baseball team with affordable beer and entry prices, proud owner Von Der Ahe quickly gained the riches he was after. Baseball and beer began to grow together in popularity, with the sport gaining more fans every season while beer was nearly doubled each decade between 1870 and 1910. Operating a brewery was good business, and supplying beer to fans made everyone happy. It’s interesting to note that many major league players and coaches during this time sought work with alcoholic establishments in the offseason.
The 1910’s began to see a downswing in beer consumption, as more and more states supported prohibition. Once the 18th Amendment was passed in 1919, alcohol became an illegal commodity. For 13 seasons, baseball saw a drought in alcohol consumption. The struggle began between agents and ballpark patrons, with cops going so far as to search fans at random for booze. As we know now, bootlegging was a common practice that contributed much to baseball despite official beer records. The first All-Star game was hosted in 1933, but we’re guessing it’s because beer was brought back shortly before the season!
Production was slow to start back up, with high startup costs and equipment upgrade needs. It wasn’t until the end of World War II that beer began to pick back up in order to continue dating the great sport of baseball.
Too Much Popularity
Over the following decades, beer and baseball became closer thanks to the lineup of legendary radio announcers that linked the two. One promotion that gained popularity for selling out games was Ten Cent Beer Night. In 1974, beers were sold at will for a dime while the Indians and Rangers played in Cleveland. The game was close and intense, especially when the Indians tied it up in the bottom of the ninth, yet the inning never concluded. Fans began throwing debris onto the field. At one point, a fan came out to steal Jeff Burroughs’ hat. What followed was an all-out brawl between players and fans, creating chaos.
Next time, we’ll continue to look at the history of baseball by concluding this event, along with more modern trends. The Herkimer is proud to be your go-to brewpub in Minneapolis, delivering quality beer and food while you enjoy the game. Nothing says baseball like a cold brew, which is exactly why our sports bar and grill is here to help. Stop by today to try our amazing menu or contact us to learn more about our unbeatable beers!