As the Orioles returned from the road Tuesday to open their brief three-game homestand at Camden Yards, the popular National Bohemian brand beer was unavailable for purchase at the ballpark.
National Bohemian was sold during the Orioles’ first two home series of the season – sales were limited to designated areas for the team’s first six home dates. But Natty Boh was nowhere to be found throughout the concession stands of Camden Yards on Tuesday.
Whether the club has entirely turned its page on Natty Boh sales remains to be seen, but a return to Camden Yards this season appears unlikely.
This season, a bar dedicated to National Bohemian sales located in Oriole Park’s first-base lower concourse changed branding and is now centered around Leinenkugel’s sales. Fans could still purchase it at the center-field roof deck and along Eutaw Street.
More than 30 brands of beers are sold at Camden Yards, and the Orioles are focused on growing their selection of brands that are brewed locally, including Flying Dog, Heavy Seas and Dogfish Head, according to a club source.
National Bohemian is not in that group. While it is an extremely popular brand locally – the brand’s winking, mustachioed Mr. Boh logo is an unofficial symbol of the city of Baltimore – the beer hasn’t been brewed in Maryland since 1996. National Bohemian is now owned by international beer conglomerate Pabst Brewing Co.
National Bohemian has strong local roots. It was first brewed in Baltimore in 1885, and has long been connected to the Orioles. National Brewing Co. president Jerry Hoffberger had ownership stake in the team for parts of three decades and the brand was sold at Memorial Stadium.
Keith Sloan, 49, of Glen Burnie, said he wasn’t himself a Natty Boh fan but thinks it should be available.
“I think it’s a Baltimore tradition,” Sloan said. “I think they should have it. I like what it stands for, but I don’t like the taste of it.”