Monday, April 09, 2007

In the shadow of the brewery...

So another home opener for the Rochester Red Wings is in the books, and I gotta say I'm disappointed. It seems that all the High Falls beers have been replaced by Labatt Blue.

The stadium used to serve Genesee and Genesee Light: not craft beer by any stretch of the imagination, but the standard-bearers of a proud independent brewing tradition nonetheless. In fact, from the first-base seats, you can see the freakin' brewery a third of a mile away.

The Brewery's superstructure is in the distance, just to the left of the rightmost light tower

I don't know the detail of the beverage contract negotiations, but Rochester Community Baseball bringing in the Canadian Giant at the expense of a local icon is disturbing, to say the least. No Genesee. No Genny Light. No J.W. Dundee's.

Frontier Field is one of a handful of local attractions through which visitors are presented the unique and positive qualities of our city. I guess we can cross one off the list.


1 comment:

'Don' Cialini said...

Rochester Community Baseball rarely takes a wrong step, however they have here. I'm not a big Genny Fan by any stretch of the imagination. Matter of fact, when I go out to the Yard, I usually throw back a couple Bud Lights. However, having a Genny on occasion was a nice treat. Even greater is the fact Genny is a local product that is popular here and is actually fairly well known along the East Coast. It's something Rochester can be proud of, just like we can be proud of our Community Baseball. Like we can be proud of Frontier Field. A great place to take in a baseball game. Now in our great park, we have Canadian Piss Water instead of a local brew. I'm very disappointed with all of this.