ARE THEY PHILL-ING THEM UP AT THE VET? BEERS THAT IS
The Phillies, who sell "the most expensive cup of beer"
in the NL, "are skimming their suds ... a racket that costs
beer-drinking fans at Veterans Stadium nearly a half-million
bucks a year," according to Don Russell of the PHILADELPHIA
DAILY NEWS. In a "random sampling," Russell found that the
team's $5 18-ounce cup of draft beer "actually contains, at
most, just 16 ounces of beer. A 12-ounce cup typically
contains 10 or 11 ounces." Russell reports that the team
sold an estimated 750,000 cups of beer in '97, and that the
"value of skimmed suds at 2 ounces per cup" is equal to
$495,000. Russell adds that the Vet gets up to 14 extra
cups from every keg, $90 in "extra revenue." Ogden
Entertainment, which runs the Vet's concessions, "denied any
ripoff" (Don Russell, PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 4/23).