[ed. note - “A number of people pointed out that the $16 price mentioned here is for 25 oz. craft beers, so we changed the title and added this note to acknowledge as much, though said information is included below. We know most people just read and react to tweets and titles. Thanks for the notes.”]
As always, the Washington Nationals instituted some changes to the ballpark for the upcoming season, mainly in the food department.
For instance, they now employ/sell whatever in the name of all that is holy this thing is:
$500 @Nationals remote control beer cooler includes free delivery. Those are boom box speakers on the back. @WTOP pic.twitter.com/dqpHg90mrK— Kristi King (@kingWTOP) March 26, 2018
Believe it or not, the cooler-on-wheels isn’t the big story
Apparently, the popular alcoholic beverage also known as “beer,” commonly referred to as a “brewski,” “ale,” “brew,” or “pint” is mildly popular at sporting events, and the Nationals have started offering (potentially exclusively) 25 ounce pours of craft brews.
Which cost about sixteen American dollars, legal U.S. tender.
A craft Beer @Nationals park in 2018 costs more than a field box seat to the 1963 WORLD SERIES at Dodger Stadium ($16 vs $12). Sandy Koufax’s @dodgers swept the @Yankees that year making the beer taste that much sweeter. pic.twitter.com/tlTEkcr4El— Bruce Mehlman (@bpmehlman) March 28, 2018
Let’s do some math here. According to Walmart, your average 25-ounce can of Budweiser costs $2.53, coming out to roughly ten cents an ounce. An average “craft” beer one could find at Nationals Park—say Devil’s Backbone, who sell a 12-pack for $17.12 (again, per Walmart)—costs roughly 12 cents an ounce.
With that in mind, a 25-ounce version of Devil’s Backbone *should* cost about $3 to sell to a vendor. However much the Nationals pay for it, it’s been marked up to $16, meaning that they’re likely taking a healthy margin off the top. All leading to the question: assuming the Nats do take a healthy slice of that, should a specific portion be earmarked for, say, Bryce Harper or Anthony Rendon’s extension funds?