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TONIGHT’S OPENING NIGHT DETAILS

2014 Opening Night – Wed., April 2 – Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:10 pm (gates open at 5:10 pm)

• Reds in the Fan Zone: Reds players and coaches will walk the red carpet in the Kroger Fan Zone to meet and greet with fans and starting at 5:30 pm. Olympian Nick Goepper, Creative Nation recording artist and Rolling Stone “Artist to Watch” Maggie Chapman, Miss Ohio USA 2014 Madison Gesioto and Miss Ohio Teen USA 2014 Emma Rofkar will also walk the red carpet.

• 2014 Reds Calendar: The first 20,000 fans will receive a 2014 Reds Team Calendar, presented by Kroger.

• Ceremonial First Pitch: 2014 Olympic slopestyle bronze medalist Nick Goepper of Lawrenceburg, Ind. will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

• Player Awards: Brandon Phillips will receive his 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Award and Jay Bruce will receive his 2013 NL Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger and 2013 Wilson Defensive Player of The Year Award during pregame ceremonies.

• National Anthem: Local quartet The Mistics will sing the National Anthem.

• Game Ball Delivery: Madison Gesioto (Miss Ohio USA 2014) and Emma Rofkar (Miss Ohio Teen USA 2014) will deliver the official Game Ball to the mound during pregame ceremonies.

• Live Music: 80’s cover band The Rusty Griswolds will perform from a stage on the right field porch during inning breaks and after the game. The band will also serve as the Honorary Captains of the game.

• Postgame Fireworks presented by Coca-Cola: The Rusty Griswolds will play live during the post-game fireworks show featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks, starting approximately 15 minutes following the last out.

 

A HISTORIC LOSS; NEW TWITTER FOLLOWERS

Prior to Monday, the last time the Reds lost to the Cardinals by a 1-0 score with the lone run coming via home run, was 9/2/68 at Crosley Field.  Julian Javier took Ted Abernathy deep in the 10th inning.

In that game, Bob Gibson pitched all 10 shutout innings for St. Louis (4h, 3bb, 8k) while Gary Nolan spun 9.0 scoreless frames for the Reds (5h, 2bb, 8k).  Abernathy relieved Nolan in that fateful 10th.

Also:

  • 7/19/58 vs StL: Ken Boyer homered off Alex Kellner in the 10th.
  • 9/7/56 at StL: Ken Boyer homered off Joe Nuxhall in the 7th.
  • 5/7/44 (G2) at StL: Danny Litwhiler homered off Tommy de la Cruz in the 6th.
  • 9/5/43 (G1) at StL: Whitey Kurowski homered off Clyde Shoun in the 4th.
  • 5/31/27 at StL: Taylor Douthit homered off Jackie May in the 8th.

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Lots of new @Jamieblog followers.  I usually tweet the roll call, but we have a large group this time, so we’re going to thank them all right here on Better Off Red

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#REDS DROP THE OPENER BUT….

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Despite the 1-0 loss to the Cardinals on Opening Day, the Reds had some things to be happy about…

  • Johnny Cueto.  The Reds ace, who was limited to 11 starts last season, was at his best Monday afternoon.  He went toe-to-toe with Adam Wainwright, allowing just 1 run on 3 hits over 7.0 innings.  Cueto fanned 8 while issuing just 1 walk.
  • Todd Frazier.  The Reds third baseman went 2-for-3 with a walk and a heads-up stolen base off Wainwright.
  • Jay Bruce.  Though he went hitless, Bruce managed a base-on-balls, made a fine catch in foul territory and was selective at the plate.  He made Wainwright work.  Bruce saw 3, 5, 6 and 7 pitches, respectively in his plate appearances.
  • Brandon Phillips.  Sure, he was cut down at the plate as the tying run with no outs, but he was running on contact.; really nothing you can do about that.  Phillips singled and walked twice.  Last season, Brandon had played 7 games before he had 2 walks – showing that he’s trying to reach base  with Votto and Bruce hitting behind him.
  • 161 games left.
  • The second-largest regular season crowd in Great American Ball Park history – 43,134.
  • Larkin and Concepcion throwing out today’s first pitches.
  • Beautiful weather.  In February a ground hog’s shadow determines the fate of Spring.  On Opening Day in Cincinnati, if the weather is nice, it means the Reds will have a great season (proven fact, don’t even bother looking it up).

Take a breather, tomorrow.  The boys will be back on the diamond Wednesday night.  I hope you folks can make it to GABP.  It’s going to be a fun night…and a fun season, I promise!

Expect good news,

Jamie

Captains

#OPENINGDAY LINEUP: WHO’S YOUR #REDTOROCK?

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2014 #REDS OPENING DAY ROSTER

Transactions:

3/30: placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to 3/21, LHP Aroldis Chapman, RHP Mat Latos, LHP Sean Marshall and C Devin Mesoraco; placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to 3/22, RHP Jonathan Broxton and IF/OF Skip Schumaker; placed on the 60-day disabled list IF Jack Hannahan and RHP Brett Marshall; designated for assignment RHP Pedro Beato; reassigned to Louisville OF Jason Bourgeois, RHP Jumbo Diaz, LHP Jeff Francis, C Corky Miller and IF/OF Kristopher Negron; recalled C Tucker Barnhart and RHP Curtis Partch; selected the contracts of RHP Trevor Bell, OF Roger Bernadina and IF Ramon Santiago.

3/29: released IF Chris Nelson

Roster:

Pitchers (12)
34 Homer Bailey – RHP
62 Trevor Bell – RHP
58 Nick Christiani – RHP
52 Tony Cingrani – LHP
47 Johnny Cueto – RHP
60 J.J. Hoover – RHP
44 Mike Leake – RHP
63 Sam LeCure – RHP
66 Logan Ondrusek – RHP
43 Manny Parra – LHP
46 Curtis Partch – RHP
31 Alfredo Simon – RHP

Catchers (2)
16 Tucker Barnhart
29 Brayan Pena

Infielders (6)
2 Zack Cozart
21 Todd Frazier
4 Brandon Phillips
7 Ramon Santiago
50 Neftali Soto
19 Joey Votto

Outfielders (5)
15 Roger Bernadina
32 Jay Bruce
6 Billy Hamilton
28 Chris Heisey
48 Ryan Ludwick

Disabled (8)
51 Jonathan Broxton (forearm) – RHP
54 Aroldis Chapman (eye) – LHP
9 Jack Hanahan (60-day DL, shoulder) – INF
55 Mat Latos (elbow, knee) – RHP
41 Brett Marshall (60-day DL, finger) – RHP
45 Sean Marshall (shoulder) – LHP
39 Devin Mesoraco (oblique) – C
25 Skip Schumaker (shoulder) – INF/OF

THE #REDS CLUBHOUSE GETS SOME COOL NEW DECORATIONS

New to the Reds clubhouse this year are photos and wall-size images that adorn the interior of the team’s home-away-from-home.  The decorations are a great addition this year and look fantastic; kudos to those involved who helped make it happen.  Here are some photos…

#ASKBOR – YOU ASKED, WE ANSWERED

Here’s this week’s edition of #AskBOR.  We received a lot of great questions, some of which we couldn’t get to this week, but don’t worry, we’ll include them next time.

Please keep tweeting your questions using the hashtag #AskBOR.  We’ll have a regular installment right here on Better Off Red, featuring your questions and our answers.

Enjoy…

Laura @lschmidt84

@Jamieblog Who selects the music and puts together the soundtracks for the Fireworks nights? #askBOR

The Reds Entertainment and Productions department handles the music and puts together the Fireworks soundtracks.  Occasionally, the Reds will ask someone associated with the club to provide a list of songs for special Fireworks Fridays. 

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annie hosty@annieh914

@Reds #askbor will there be any new food on the menu at GABP this upcoming season?

Absolutely, check out this LINK http://ramsey.mlblogs.com/2014/03/25/tuesdays-great-american-ball-park-food-tasting/

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Ryan P@Redsfan_4192

When will we get a peek at the new BOR shirts? #AskBOR

Lisa Braun and I will soon begin discussing plans for the 2014 BOR shirts.  Stand by.  I promise they’ll be cool.

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Matt Elliott@elliottm_3

@Reds What kinds of things can fans look forward to social media/attraction wise? Any ideas being floated around? #AskBOR

The new Reds Connect Zone is located on the Main Concourse of GABP behind section 110.  We’re also introducing iBeacons at the ballpark this year.  For more information on both, try this link…. http://ramsey.mlblogs.com/2014/03/25/new-at-great-american-ball-park-in-2014/

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Don Fitzgerald@fitzandgritz

@Reds Any chance Hamilton steals 90+bases this season? Are they trying to get him some more power #askbor

It hinges on Billy’s ability to get on base.  When Hamilton swiped 155 bases in the minors in 2012, he had a .410 on-base pct. (605 plate appearances).  Last year, he collected 75 stolen bases for Louisville with a .308 on-base pct. (547 plate appearances).  If Billy hangs out around the .340 on-base mark in 2014, it’s very likely he’ll steal 100 bases.

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Luke Robbins@LukeRobbinsHAHA

As a @Reds fan in Chicago, how can I best support at Wrigley? Signs? Cheers? Help me help you! #askBOR

In addition to “all of the above,” I recommend you dress up as Rosie Red and saunter around the Friendly Confines, blowing kisses at as many Cubs fans as possible.  If you do this, I guarantee the Reds will win.

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Don Fitzgerald@fitzandgritz

@Reds are the Reds going to be more aggressive offensively this year? #askbor

Reds manager Bryan Price wants the team to be more aggressive in every facet of the game, including offense.  That’s not to say guys like Votto and Bruce are expected to swing at bad pitches; instead, have better and quality plate appearances.  I think you’ll see the team play with more intensity and determination in 2014.  Bryan’s goal is to make other MLB teams not want to play the Reds.

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Kevin Noonan@KNoonan991

@Jamieblog Very general question, but what is your favorite aspect of Goodyear Ballpark? #AskBOR

Goodyear Ballpark, which was just voted the “best place to watch a game in the Cactus League,” is an incredible, fan-friendly facility.  My favorite parts of the ballpark are the wide-open concourses and the berms beyond the outfield.

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Michael Snearly@1soonernut

@Reds if votto is gonna be an in base guy instead of an RBI guy why not put him in the 2 hole #AskBOR

Manager’s decision.  I’m sure it’s been discussed and analyzed by Bryan with his coaches and his baseball operations staff.  The thing about Bryan, he’s open to new ideas.  If something different benefits the club, he’ll be the first to jump on board.  That’s not to say he’ll be interested in shuffling lineup spots all season; players feel more at ease (and thus probably perform better) when regularly knowing what their job is (and where they are playing, hitting in the order).

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Denise Luellen@nesi66

@Jamieblog Have the rules changed on what can be brought in to GABP with the MLB security changes? #AskBOR

Fans are permitted to bring in sealed plastic bottles of non-alcoholic beverages, food, and bags that are 16x16x8. They will still be searched upon entry. Cans, alcoholic beverages, and weapons are not permitted into Great American Ball Park….Pretty much, the same deal as previous seasons.

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Ellis Tackett@ellistackett

“@Reds: @Jamieblog do you know what size shirt the (Star Wars) giveaway will be”

The shirt will be XL to those entering the gates.  However, we will have a limited supply of Mediums available for exchange at Gapper’s Alley during the night of the game (first come, first serve).  The XLs that are exchanged will then be re-distributed at the gates (so don’t spill anything on them, please). 

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AndRew Smith@AndRewSmith_77

@Jamieblog Is George Grande calling any games this season? He is the best!

George will be broadcasting various games throughout the season on Fox Sports Ohio, beginning with the 4/18-4/20 series at Chicago.

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Jason Vaughn@Jason_Vaughn

@Jamieblog how many “I Conquered The Bacon Challenge” t-shirt’s will the @RedsCowboy (Jeff Brantley) end up with by the end of the season? #NomNom #Reds

I think Vegas has the line set at 81. 

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Bob Frey@TastesFreyed

@Jamieblog I notice all the awesome new beer stuff is only on ground level. Peons up top not worth it?

Easy now.  The 85-foot craft beer bar is located on the main concourse where we get the highest level of traffic.  It’s easily accessible to anyone in the ballpark.

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Kevin P. Henry@KevinPHenry1983 20 hrs

@Jamieblog Do you think Thom would ever take the reins from Marty or would he remain on TV for the rest of his broadcasting career?

I can’t speak for Thom on this one, but it certainly would be strange not having a Brennaman in the radio booth.  No one loves this city more than Thom and his respect for tradition is unmatched, but your guess is as good as mine.

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Jeremy Davis@Jer32382

@Jamieblog- does Bruce have his own foundation?

He does not, but Jay is very active in the community and with charitable causes.

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Michael Hartung@handrewmichael

@Jamieblog Any chance of the reds trying something like this ($26 hot dog) one day at GABP?

Maybe, but I think we’d have to order more defibrillators first.

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Michelle Haggard@mlhaggard

@Jamieblog will you be hosting twitter scorekeeping sessions again? #AskBOR

Yep, sure will.  In addition to hosting on Twitter (at @BORScore), I will also appear at the new Reds Connnect Zone from time to time to show folks how to keep score of the game.

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Kevin Noonan@KNoonan991

@Jamieblog #AskBOR Which position player and pitcher will make the biggest jump from last season to this season?

Position player: Ludwick.  Pitcher: Broxton.

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Troy Current@tcurrent

@Jamieblog #AskBOR better chance of winning NL MVP: Joey Votto or Jay Bruce

Joey has won it before, so he’d be my first choice.  But I don’t think it should surprise anyone if Jay finishes his career with an MVP trophy or three.

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Joe Garchow@garpike28

@Jamieblog Any ideas as to where Mat Latos will be starting the season? Dayton, Pensacola, Louisville, Arizona?

As I write this, it appears the goal is to have Mat pitch in the season’s second week.

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Scott Duebber@duebber

@Jamieblog the one position player who i think will have a breakout season is _______. #losRojos

Devin Mesoraco.

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✰ღKayla~Tommy✰ღ@Bartlett8284

@Jamieblog #AskBOR why would they pick Simon over Sammy to start? Can he not go 5 or more innings? ⚾⚾⚾

Simon is considered the Reds long-relief man, capable of pitching a lot of innings in a pinch.  He’s better suited to spot-start, while Sam is considered more valuable in the relief role that he’s filled over the past several seasons.

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Matt Elliott@elliottm_3

@Jamieblog How quickly do you think Latos reprieves his role as the #2 starter? Or does he stay #5 all year? #AskBOR

As you know, the pitching rotation is often tweaked and changed throughout the season.  Mat is considered an ace, whether he pitches the first day or the fifth day.

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David Deppen@redsfanDeppen

@Jamieblog Based on personality and locker cleanliness which player would you want to have as a roommate? #AskBOR

I don’t really pay attention to the players’ lockers or cleanliness.  I think I’d prefer to “room” with the player who makes the most money.

REDS 2014 OPENING SERIES ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thanks to  Michael “Mando” Anderson

Opening Day – Monday, March 31 – Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 4:10 pm (gates open at 2:10 pm)
• Opening Day Block Party: The third annual Reds Community Fund Charity Block Party kicks off at 11 am on Joe Nuxhall Way and Freedom Way. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Budweiser, Coca-Cola, Kroger, LaRosa’s and Queen City Sausage. Admission is free. Live music and entertainment provided by WEBN. All proceeds benefit the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy.
• 95th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade Grand Marshal: Reds Hall of Famer David Concepción will serve as the Grand Marshal of the 95th annual Findlay Market Opening Day parade, which begins at Noon.
• Ceremonial First Pitches: Reds Hall of Famer David Concepción and Reds and National Baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin will throw out simultaneous first pitches.
• National Anthem: Maggie Chapman, Creative Nation recording artist and Rolling Stone “Artist to Watch,” will sing the National Anthem.
• Honorary Captain: Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley will serve as the Honorary Captain of the game.
• Game Ball Delivery: Reds and National Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Morgan will deliver the official Game Ball to the mound during pregame ceremonies.
• Flyover: Two helicopters from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit will perform a pregame flyover.
• Wounded Hero Recognition: Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH 2nd District) will participate in a pregame ceremony to honor wounded veterans.
• American Flag: Members of the Cincinnati Fire Department will hold the giant American flag in the outfield during the National Anthem.
• Play Ball: Bob Kevoian from the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Show radio program will announce “Play Ball” to signal the start of the game.
• God Bless America: Wright Brass, a six-member ensemble from the United States Air Force Band of Flight stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, will perform God Bless America during the seventh inning stretch.
• Hometown Hero: Sgt. Dallas Robinson of the Army National Guard will serve as the Cincinnati Bell Hometown Hero of the game. Sgt. Robinson is a native of Georgetown, Ky. and a member of the 2014 U.S. Olympic bobsled team.

Maggie-Chapman

Opening Night – Wednesday, April 2 – Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:10 pm (gates open at 5:10 pm)
• Reds in the Fan Zone: Reds players and coaches will walk the red carpet in the Kroger Fan Zone and meet and greet with fans and starting at 5:30 pm. Olympian Nick Goepper, Creative Nation recording artist and Rolling Stone “Artist to Watch” Maggie Chapman, Madison Gesioto (Miss Ohio USA 2014) and Emma Rofkar (Miss Ohio Teen USA 2014) will also walk the red carpet.
• 2014 Reds Calendar: The first 20,000 fans will receive a 2014 Reds Team Calendar, presented by Kroger.
• Ceremonial First Pitch: 2014 Olympic slopestyle bronze medalist Nick Goepper of Lawrenceburg, Ind. will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
• Gold Glove Award: 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner Brandon Phillips will receive his award during pregame ceremonies.
• Silver Slugger Award: 2013 NL Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger winner Jay Bruce will receive his award during pregame ceremonies.
• Wilson Defensive Player of the Year: 2013 Wilson Defensive Player of The Year Award winner Jay Bruce will receive his award during pregame ceremonies.
• National Anthem: Local quartet The Mistics will sing the National Anthem.
• Game Ball Delivery: Madison Gesioto (Miss Ohio USA 2014) and Emma Rofkar (Miss Ohio Teen USA 2014) will deliver the official Game Ball to the mound during pregame ceremonies.
• Live Music: 80’s cover band The Rusty Griswolds will perform from a stage on the right field porch during inning breaks and after the game. The band will also serve as the Honorary Captains of the game.
• Postgame Fireworks presented by Coca-Cola: The Rusty Griswolds will play live during the post-game fireworks show featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks.

2014 Winter Olympic Games - Season 2014

Thursday, April 3 – Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 12:35 pm (gates open at 11:05 am)
• Honorary Captains: American Authors, an indie-rock band from New York City, will serve as Honorary Captains of the game.
• Business Day Ticket Offer: Come down to GABP for the first Paycor Business Day Special of the 2014 season. For only $15, fans get a View Level Line game ticket and $10 in concession credits. Visit reds.com/skipwork to purchase.

GREAT AMERICAN BALL PARK BEER SELECTIONS FOR 2014

Reds Brewery District Bar – An 85-foot-long bar between sections 117 and 118 on the third base concourse features 60 taps and 23 different local, regional and national beers.

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Local/Regional

  • Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale
  • Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale
  • Lesser Path IPA
  • MadTree
  • Moerlein OTR Ale
  • Moerlein Seasonal
  • Mt. Carmel Nut Brown Ale
  • Rivertown Seasonal
  • Rhinegeist Truth IPA
  • Thirty-37 Session Pale Ale
  • West Sixth IPA

National

  • Angry Orchard
  • Bell’s Oberon
  • Blue Moon
  • Bud Light
  • Founders All Day IPA
  • Goose Island
  • Leinenkugel Summer Shandy
  • New Belgium Fat Tire
  • Oskar Blues Dales Pale Ale
  • Sam Adams Seasonal
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Stella Artois

Moerlein Lager House Craft Beer Stands – Two Moerlein Lager House craft beer concession stands offer several of the local favorite’s craft beers and over 40 bottled beer selections. The Moerlein Lager House concession stands are located behind section 130 on the first base concourse and 113 on the third base concourse.

Draft Beers

  • Moerlein Over-The-Rhine Ale
  • Moerlein Zeppelin Pale Ale
  • Moerlein Original Golden Helles
  • Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale
  • Goose Island

 Bottled Beers

  • Abita Seasonal
  • Ace Perry Cider
  • Avery White Rascal
  • Batch 19
  • Bell’s Amber Ale
  • Bell’s Midwestern Pale Ale
  • Bells Oberon
  • Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
  • Blue Moon
  • Coronado Orange Avenue
  • Dales Pale Ale
  • Flying Dog UnderDog Atlantic Lager
  • Founders All Day IPA
  • Founders Centennial IPA
  • Goose Island 312
  • Goose Island IPA
  • Goose Island Oktoberfest
  • Harp
  • Henry Weinhart
  • Highland Gaelic Ale
  • Kona Big Wave Golden Ale
  • Kona Longboard Lager
  • Lagunitas IPA
  • Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’
  • Leinenkugel Summer Shandy
  • Moerlein Northern Liberties IPA
  • Mt. Carmel Amber Ale
  • New Holland Full Circle Kölsch
  • New Holland White Hatter Belgian IPA
  • O’Doul’s
  • Red Bridge (gluten-free)
  • Redd’s Apple Ale
  • RedHook Audible Ale
  • Rhinegeist Cougar Ale
  • Rhinegeist Truth IPA
  • Sam Adams
  • Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Southern Tier Live Pale Ale
  • Tröegs Sunshine Pils
  • Wyld Extra Pale Ale
  • Upland Campus Session Ale
  • Upland Helios Pale Ale
  • Wimder Omission Ale

Craft beer lineup

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