We continue our series on Live Sports & Craft Beer today with a sport that’s all too often overlooked in America: Soccer. Thankfully things have started to look brighter for the sport in the US. Teams have been seeing an improvement in attendance and ratings, and soccer-specific stadiums have been popping up all over the country.
One such stadium is Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ. The Red Bulls clinched a playoff berth this past weekend, so it’s the perfect time to check them out if you haven’t because there are some very exciting matches coming up. If you’d like to read a bit more about how I got into soccer, head on over to Free Beer Movement (FBM is an awesome site that promotes American Soccer in all it’s forms by the way of craft beer – know someone that doesn’t like soccer? Buy them a beer and invite them to watch a game).
Red Bull Arena is one of the easiest arenas to get to in NY or NJ. New Yorkers may have a stigma about traveling to NJ on the PATH train, but it’s actually a shorter trip from Manattan to Red Bull Arena than it is to Yankee Stadium or Citi Field. Check out the directions here. So now I’ve convinced you to check out the arena, bu what about the beer inside? Well, it’s not stellar yet. But there are enough decent options to satisfy a craft beer fan.
Section 104: Yuengling Lager – medium $9, large $12
Section 114: Brooklyn Lager – 16oz. cans $9
Section 124: Bottles of Long Trail Belgian White, Pale Ale, Pollenator; Sam Adams Boston Lager, Brooklyn Lager 16oz. cans – all $9
Section 102: Brooklyn Brewery branded stand – Brooklyn Lager & Guinness 16oz. cans – $9 (this stand is mobile so location may change)
So there you have it. This is already a pretty big improvement over the past 2 seasons I’ve been attending matches, so hopefully the trend continues. Cheers, and lets go Red Bulls!