The Broken Bat Craft Beer deck is Lancaster’s newest craft beer experience and is located down the right field line inside Clipper Magazine Stadium. The beer deck project was spearheaded by Alex Einhorn. This includes helping to oversee construction, leading the charge in signing beer partners and creating a custom logo and design for the area.
Below is an article about the Broken Bat from sarahbozich.com
One of the summer’s little pleasures has to be a sunny day at the ballpark with a beer (and hot dog) in hand.
While local ballparks have improved leaps and bounds with their craft beer selection, most still only sell a few select brands.
Sure, the more well-known breweries like Tröegs, Lancaster Brewing Co. and Stoudt’s are present, but you can also find Boneshire Brew Works, GearHouse Brewing Co., Mount Gretna Craft Brewery, and many more.
Broken Bat was the brainchild of Alex Einhorn, Barnstormers Game Presentation Manager.
“This is has been a project of mine for a while, but other aspects of the park kept pushing it back,” said Einhorn. “We always had local breweries, but we wanted the breweries to have a larger presence here at the park.”
Taphouse at the ballpark
Broken Bat isn’t just a gimmick to capitalize on craft beer. If you didn’t hear the occasional crack of the bat, you’d swear you were in a local tap house with a top-notch selection.
“We wanted to keep the ties to baseball, obviously that was important to us,” said Einhorn. “But we wanted Broken Bat to have a separate identity from baseball as well.”
Their tap and can list is comprised of 20 different breweries with a wide range of beer styles from pilsners to favorite local IPAs.
It was hot when I visited, so I naturally wanted something lighter. My choice was a German Pilsner from Desperate Times Brewery.
Fans can also expect a decent rotation of beers as well. Each brewery drops off four sixtels at a time, and then once those are kicked, a new beer from that brewery replaces it.
“The breweries have complete control of what they bring,” said Einhorn. “We want them to show off the best they have to offer.”
Most of you might be thinking that you’re going to have to break the bank like you usually do when buying a beer at the ballpark, but it’s surprisingly affordable.
My pour was $7.25, and you get to keep the cool plastic souvenir cup.
Participating breweries also have the opportunity to set up and sample their beer during a game throughout the season.
Einhorn said they also plan to do beer releases with local breweries as well as feature local music to further that taproom vibe.
Food and space
Broken Bat’s food also gives it a taproom feel as well.
“We really wanted the menu to play along with the theme of the bar,” said Einhorn.
The menu available at Broken Bat is completely different from the other offerings around the stadium.
Hot dogs are a staple, but how does a Sausage Sandwich with that pilsner sound? Or, maybe you’ll go a bit wild and get the Piggy Parfait, which has pulled pork, potatoes, cheese, sour cream, bacon, and cornbread.
They also have Fried Pierogis and a Bacon Sammy.
Once you have your beer and food in hand, you can either head back to your seat, or hang around the beer deck. There are plenty of standing options and you can still see all the action from right field.
Broken Bat Craft Beer Deck opens before each game at 5 p.m. (Monday-Saturday), and is open during Sunday games as well. No special ticket, other than your admission to the game, is required.