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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

TUESDAY’S GREAT AMERICAN BALL PARK FOOD-TASTING

“Call Nine-Nom-Nom!”

Ladies and gentleman, I write to you today while in the throes of a food-coma; I was invited to attend the “2014 Food-Tasting” for the media at Great American Ball Park.  Like any seasoned glutton, I over-did it…and I have no regrets.

The fine folks from the Reds’ concessions company – Delaware North – set up GABP’s Riverfront Club for today’s event.  Imagine what Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory would look like if it specialized in food instead of sweets; yep, it was exactly like that.

While attempting to eat everything in the room, I also had the opportunity to hob-nob with beautiful local news celebrities like Sheila Gray, Jacki Jing, Lindsay Patterson and Bob Herzog.  All you have to do is send out a press release that reads “free food,” and the media will swarm.  Try it next time you need to call a press conference.

As a Cincinnati boy, the first thing I targeted on the menu was the Goetta Burger from Queen City.  It’ll be a newcomer to the GABP concession stands in 2014 and if you enjoy goetta like I do, you will make this your “go-to” for Reds games this year.  It’s served with (or without) onions on a pretzel bun and is absolutely delicious.

If burgers are your thing, but goetta isn’t, try the 1900 Burger that will be served exclusively in the Riverfront Club.  A big juicy burger with a smoky flavor – it was another of my favorites from today.

The main attraction was something called “The Bacon.” It’s  a new sandwich featuring a ONE-POUND SLAB OF BACOND topped with shredded lettuce, tomato and black pepper mayo on an artisan roll.  It’s served with chips, half of a pickle and potato salad.  Fans can visit the Machine Room Grille and take The Bacon Challenge of eating four sandwiches (plus the fixin’s) in one inning. Fans who complete the challenge will receive the four sandwiches for free plus an “I Conquered The Bacon Challenge” t-shirt.

Posted below are photos and the menu from today’s tasting.

Make sure you loosen your belt before you visit GABP this summer!

 

CONCESSIONS

  • Mr. Red’s Smoke House (The Smoked Cardinal, Pulled Pork Platter with Mac and Cheese)
  • Queen City (Beer Brat & Goetta Burger)
  • The Long Bar (60 Taps & 23 different beers)
  • Taste of Belgium (Featuring their Waffle)
  • Hand Rolled Sushi (Available through the ballpark)
  • The Chipper (Pulled Pork, Nacho Cheese, Pickled Jalapeno Peppers & Red Onions)

 

RIVERFRONT CLUB (Featuring Our New Gastro Pub Bar Menu)

  • 1900 Burger (House Cheez Whiz, Grilled Onion, Tomato House White Bread, House Chips)
  • RFC Bucket (Buttermilk Fried Game Hen, Sriracha Pickle Chips, Maple Gravy, House Chips)
  • Cheese & Tomato (Brioche, Grafton Cheddar and Candied Bacon with Tomato Soup and House Chips)

 

 

SUITES

  • Spanish Sampler (Roasted Vegetable Empanadas, Carne Diablo Short Ribs & Chicken Taquitos)
  • Skins Trio (Our Three Signature Potato Treats)
  • Batch Cocktails (Rum Punch, Red Sangria & Electric Strawberry Lemonade)
  • Rum Raisin Crisp (Oats and Brown Sugar with Chantilly Cream)

 

 

MACHINE ROOM

  • Pickle Chips (Cilantro Ranch)
  • Baja Tacos (Battered Fish, Cabbage, Queso Fresco, Pico & Baja Sauce)
  • The Big Red Burger (Sriracha Mayo, Pepper Jack Cheese, Jalapeno Peppers & Fried Onions)
  • The Bacon (1 Pound of Sliced Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato & Pepper Mayo on an Artisan Roll w/ Chips, Pickle & Potato Salad)

 

NEW AT GREAT AMERICAN BALL PARK IN 2014

Reds enhance ballpark experience with new amenities and features for fans of all ages

New Concessions (SEPARATE FOOD-TASTING BLOG POST COMING UP SOON ON BETTER OFF RED)
The Reds Brewery District – The most noticeable ballpark feature new for the 2014 season is The Reds Brewery District, an 85-foot-long bar between sections 117 and 118 on the third base concourse. It will be home to 60 taps featuring 23 different craft beers plus Anheuser-Busch products Bud Light, Goose Island and Stella Artois. A dozen local craft beers will be served including selections from Christian Moerlein, MadTree, Blank Slate, 50 West, Rhinegeist, Mt. Carmel and Rivertown. New selections will be rotated in throughout the season.

Moerlein Lager House Craft Beer concession stands – Two Moerlein Lager House craft beer concession stands are debuting, offering several of the local favorite’s craft beers and 48 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.

Taste of Belgium concession stand – Fans can now get Cincinnati’s own Taste of Belgium waffles at the ballpark behind section 133 on the first base concourse. Featured items include waffles with chocolate or strawberry toppings, Belgium fries and a Waffle ‘n’ chicken: chicken breast, Ohio maple syrup and hot sauce.

New Technology
Instant Replay – As part of a league-wide initiative to enhance fan experience and enjoyment, instant replay will be available on the main video board and monitors throughout Great American Ball Park. Fans can expect to see replays of interest at all home games, including exciting and close plays.

Reds Connect Zone – Located on the third base concourse behind section 110, the Reds Connect Zone is a new gathering spot for fans to follow and engage in real-time social media content related to the Reds. The Reds Connect Zone offers free WiFi access, charging stations for mobile devices and will feature appearances by local and national social media influencers. This dedicated social media area features more than 25 screens of Tweets, Instagram photos, Facebook polls, Vine videos, trending topics and more. The Reds Connect Zone is presented by Miami University.

iBeacons – In partnership with Major League Baseball, over 60 iBeacons were installed around the ballpark for the 2014 season. Apple’s iBeacon technology works in tandem with MLB’s At The Ballpark app for iPhones and the Bluetooth Smart protocol to improve the fan experience and increase engagement. Fans using Apple iOS7 devices can receive targeted, location-based information regarding special offers, helpful ballpark information and more. To participate, fans need Bluetooth and Location Services enabled on their device.

New Food and Beverages  (SEPARATE FOOD-TASTING BLOG POST COMING UP SOON ON BETTER OFF RED)
The Bacon Challenge at the Machine Room Grille – The Bacon, a new sandwich featuring a one-pound slab of bacon topped with shredded lettuce, tomato and black pepper mayo on an artisan roll, is served with chips, half of a pickle and potato salad. Fans can visit the Machine Room Grille and take The Bacon Challenge of eating four sandwiches (plus the fixin’s) in one inning. Fans who complete the challenge will receive the four sandwiches for free plus an “I Conquered The Bacon Challenge” t-shirt.

Reds & Kroger “Home Team” Bottled Water – Thanks to Kroger, 16.9 oz. bottles of purified water will be available for $4.50 at over 40 concession stands around the ballpark. Packs of 32 water bottles are for sale at local Kroger stores.

Fan Clubs
Club Red (ages 13 to 18) – The brand-new Club Red is the official club for fans ages 13-18 and will be available at all games beginning Opening Day. Members can select a package of five or eight Reds ticket vouchers for select Club Red games to be used by members and their friends. Members can use all vouchers at one game or at multiple games throughout the season. All members will be seated together in a special Club Red section and will receive concession credits loaded on their tickets for food and Reds merchandise at the ballpark. The Club Red membership also includes vouchers for free admission to The Beach Waterpark, Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park and a free hot fudge cake at Frisch’s. Membership packages start at $40 and are available at the Fan Club Booth.

Reds Rookies Baby Fan Club (birth to three years old) – Reds Rookies, the official baby club of the Reds, is drafting members up to three years old. As a Reds Rookies member, babies receive an exclusive Reds baby baseball cap, Reds Rookie bib plus vouchers for a free Reds ticket including marching on the field in a pregame parade. Reds Rookies membership kits can be purchased for $14 at the Fan Club Booth, select Kroger stores and at http://www.reds.com/rookies.

Reds Heads Kids Club (ages three to 14) – Now in its eighth year, the Reds Heads Kids Club is the official fan club for Reds fans ages 14 and younger. The new 2014 kit includes a Reds Heads backpack and jersey, a free Reds game ticket plus exclusive ballpark experiences like player autograph sessions and members-only ticket offers to captain Joey Votto figurine games and other Reds games. Membership kits can be purchased for $25 at Reds Heads Kids Clubhouse and online at http://www.reds.com/kidsclub.

Kroger Fan Zone
• Fans will be able to pose for photos at the new Great American Insurance Photo Booth, featuring a 14-foot replica of the Queen City Tower and life-size replicas of Reds mascots.

Ticketing
• April Pass – Fans can attend all 11 home games in April for only $60 with the new April Pass, presented by Yokohama Tire. For just over $5 per ticket, fans get a View Level Line seat to see the Reds take on the division-rival Cardinals, Pirates and Cubs, plus a weekend Interleague series with the Tampa Bay Rays. On sale for a limited time, the April Pass includes four fan giveaways, two fireworks nights and kicks off with Opening Night on Wed., April 2. Check out all the ticketing plans for the 2014 season at http://www.reds.com/tickets.

Renovated Luxury Suites – Two new party suites, The Club Cambria Super Suite (groups of 20 to 30) and Nor-Com Technology Super Suite (groups of 30 to 45) are perfect for entertaining and available on a single game basis. During the 2013 and 2014 offseasons, all of the ballpark luxury suites received makeovers with upgraded furniture, appliances, flooring and wall graphics. Reserve a suite today at http://www.reds.com/tickets.

Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2014 – The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum will honor the storied careers of Ken Griffey, Jr., Dave Parker, Ron Oester and the late Jake Beckley during Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, Friday, Aug. 8 – Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.

Kings of the Queen City exhibit – 145 years of Reds baseball history is showcased in the new exhibition Kings of the Queen City, presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP. The exhibit features a dynamic graphic timeline that emphasizes the greatest moments and biggest names in Reds history and a wide range of artifacts that represent Reds history from the early days to present day.

Hometown Reds exhibit – More than 100 native Cincinnatians are honored in the new exhibition Hometown Reds: Local Boys Who Played for the Cincinnati Reds. Hometown Reds features jerseys, game-used equipment and memorabilia dating back 145 years to 1869 when Charlie Gould became the first Cincinnatian to play for the hometown team.

#ASKBOR; ANOTHER LOCAL FIELD RENOVATION

As Opening Day and the 2014 season rapidly approaches, many of you have Reds-related questions.

Tweet those questions using the hashtag #AskBOR and I will provide answers at the end of the work week, right here on Better Off Red. 

I’ll have one or two prizes for a lucky reader who participates.

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The Cincinnati Reds Community Fund and the Motz Group have performed another local field renovation – this one in Winton Woods.  Take a look at the photos…

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And speaking of baseball fields, here’s the current scene at Great American Ball Park…

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TODAY IN GOODYEAR

ON THE MINOR LEAGUE SIDE: In minor league games this afternoon at the Reds’ player development complex, RHP Homer Bailey (right groin) will throw 5 innings for Class AAA Louisville, while RHP Mat Latos (right elbow, left knee) will throw 3 innings for Class AA Pensacola…RHP Jonathan Broxton (forearm) will follow Latos with 1.0 inning for Pensacola.

CHAPMAN VISITS #REDS CLUBHOUSE (VIDEO)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LEE MAY!

There are few people in this world who can make me laugh like Lee May can.  He’s also the only person I know who can verbally put Marty Brennaman down for the count.

Lee, or as his friends call him – “Mo,” played in parts of 18 big league seasons and belted 354 career home runs.  He’s a Reds Hall of Famer and ranks 10th all-time among Reds leaders with a .490 slugging percentage.

Today, the “Big Bopper from Birmingham” celebrates his 71st birthday!

On behalf of the Rock Star Tour of the Reds Caravan, Better Off Red and Al McBean, we wish Mo a very happy birthday!

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THE LATEST ON AROLDIS CHAPMAN

LHP Aroldis Chapman last night had surgery to insert a titanium plate to stabilize the fracture site.

Reds team medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek said Chapman can begin working out and throwing in 10-14 days and could pitch in game conditions in 4-6 weeks.

The two-and-a-half-hour surgery was performed by cranial facial plastic surgeon Dr. Ed Joganic at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in downtown Phoenix.  Chapman is expected to remain in the hospital for a day or so.

In the sixth inning of Wednesday night’s game vs the Royals in Surprise, Chapman was hit by a Salvador Perez line drive and suffered fractures of his eye and nose and a mild concussion.

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Yesterday the reassigned to minor league camp RHP Drew Hayes, LHP Lee Hyde, RHP Chien-Ming Wang and IF Argenis Diaz.

CHAPMAN

HERE’S THE STORY regarding Aroldis Chapman getting struck in the face last night by a line drive. We will keep you updated…

 

 

OPENING DAY FIRST PITCH(ES); 2014 STANDINGS PROJECTIONS

Concepción and Larkin to throw first pitches on Opening Day

CINCINNATI (March 18, 2014) — The Cincinnati Reds today announced that “The Captains,” David Concepción and Barry Larkin, will throw out simultaneous first pitches prior to the Reds vs St. Louis Cardinals Opening Day game on Monday, March 31 (4:10 p.m.) at Great American Ball Park.

Considered two of the best shortstops in the history of the Reds and the National League, Concepción was named team captain in 1983 and Larkin was named captain prior to the 1997 season.

Concepción spent his entire 19-season major league career with Cincinnati and was inducted in the Reds Hall of Fame in 2000. His jersey number 13 was retired by the Reds in 2007.

Larkin played his entire 19-year career with the Reds and was a member of the Reds Hall of Fame Class of 2008. In 2012, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and his jersey number 11 was retired by the Reds.

Concepción also will serve as the grand marshal of the 95th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade, which kicks off at noon on Monday, March 31.

Larkin, along with Karl Ravich and John Kruk, will host ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight” pregame show on Opening Day live from noon to 1 p.m. on Crosley Terrace outside the front gates to Great American Ball Park.

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The popular baseball statistical web site, Fangraphs has released a mathematical breakdown on 2014 standings projections and the probability of each team’s playoff chances…

Projections

Before you write a strongly-worded letter to the fine folks at Fangraphs (like I almost did), take into consideration what my pal Joel Luckhaupt points out…

Now it’s YOUR turn to prognosticate …

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