In the midst of the Orioles' 4-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays last night, Sun beat writer Eduardo Encina filed a report that Oriole Park at Camden Yards would no longer be carrying National Bohemian beer.
Back in February the site BeerInBaltimore reported that this would be happening, causing the team to do damage control and assure fans that they could still get their beloved Boh—it would just be sold in fewer locations.
Now, according to Encina, the future of Boh "remains to be seen, but a return to Camden Yards this season appears unlikely."
The reasons for this are up for debate. A source from the team tells Encina the club is focusing on local beers. BeerInBaltimore claims Boh's disappearance is the result of a deal with Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors. (Though the site also says actions taken by the makers of Boh may have soured the team's relationship with the brewer.)
Fans on social media did not take the news well. Here are some examples:
Natty Boh no longer sold at Camden Yards? Life is even emptier and more devoid of meaning than I had thought.— Daniel M. Ford (@soundingline) April 20, 2016
This is crime! Natty Boh beer not being sold at Camden Yards https://t.co/6UwRfCyBFW— John Mace (@JMace1) April 20, 2016
Next I'll find out I can't get a sausage at Fenway.
The @Orioles won't be selling Natty Boh at Camden Yards anymore!? Is this some kind of sick joke??— Bryan Hood (@HoodBryan) April 20, 2016
No more Natty Boh at Camden Yards... what a tragedy— Tommy Price (@krazy_tommy) April 20, 2016
Camden yards stopped selling natty boh which means I won't be drinking there anymore, not spending 8+bucks on any other beers.— cait (@caitnicsmith) April 20, 2016
You get the idea.
Now is as good a time as any to remind you that Natty Boh is not brewed in Baltimore and has not been since the '90s. Our region's obsession with it is some weird nostalgia trip.
"But it's tradition!" you protest. The Baltimore Colts were a tradition too. Then they packed up and left town. National Beer did the same thing and yet Baltimore is still happy to drink this contract-brewed swill because of the "good ol' days," or something.
So you know what? The team could really be trying to have more local beers, or they could be lying through their teeth and it wouldn't really matter. Because you will still be able to buy a shitty lager at the stadium for $8 and it will taste about the same and be just as local.