Beer Battle: New Mosaic Stadium should sling local suds

It’s a hot topic, or perhaps a refreshing cool one in Regina: what kind of beer will be able to find at New Mosaic Stadium when the Riders swing the doors open for their first pre-season game in just a few months?

We know for sure that the majority of the beer in the building will be provided by the MolsonCoors company after they agreed to become one of the founding partners, a series of local and national sponsors that are helping fund the Riders portion of their tab for the new stadium. So, that means we’ll see plenty of Coors Light, Molson Canadian and of course, Pilsner.

Here’s the thing: a growing number of people don’t always enjoy drinking mass produced beer. Every year the craft beer industry has been growing and that’s especially true in Saskatchewan where some 13 breweries have popped up everywhere across the province with more to come. These breweries offer up something that the big guys don’t, their flavours are different and they aren’t afraid to try new things. They also directly improve local economies by hiring people to brew, serve and deliver their suds. Last time I checked, none of the major brewers currently have a facility in Saskatchewan. In fairness, yes, many local pubs and bars benefit from being able to serve their products and they do employee sales people across the province.

On Monday, Regina city council met to discuss the situation with many of the local brewers in attendance asking for a fair shot at serving. The details seem murky at this point, but the good news is the city seems committed to doing what they can to get brewers like Rebellion, Black Bridge and 9 Mile into the new stadium.

There’s certainly some reasonable hurdles that local brewers will have to overcome in order to get into the stadium. Like paying the proper fees and meeting minimum levels of product available for sale. Some simply won’t have the capacity to meet the demands of stocking such a facility but there are some that can.

Under their agreement, MolsonCoors certainly deserves to be there and deserves to be the major provider of beer. They’ve paid for that right. However, there’s been plenty of examples over the years of teams and facilities finding ways to provide more choice without hurting their major sponsors. Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners, is renowned for their selection of beer. The Kansas City Royals have signed an official craft beer sponsor. This can be done.

If this building is being touted as Saskatchewan’s crown jewel, and it’s mostly been funded by us the taxpayer, then local breweries and other business (who have paid those taxes) should have some kind of presence at New Mosaic. Not only because it’s the right thing to do, but in today’s world HD TV and home theatres, facilities need to offer up more than just the same old products and experiences to get people through the gates. Offering up different and unique beers is a part of that.

Joel Gasson

Joel Gasson

Joel Gasson is a Regina-based sports writer, broadcaster and football fanatic.
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35 Comments on Beer Battle: New Mosaic Stadium should sling local suds

  1. stampland // March 29, 2017 at 8:15 pm //

    kinda enabling poor fan behavior isn’t it?

    • Moronic post. Adults drink beer and enjoy themselves. That doesn’t mean we behave poorly. If you’re the type who can’t handle his beer, then I am happy for you to abstain. The days of having my enjoyment governed by the silly outlook of people like this are fortunately over. Isn’t it time to get over yourself?

      • stampland // March 30, 2017 at 11:08 am //

        Thanks for the comment Quint.Personally I abstain from drinking alcohol when watching my beloved stamps.I’m there to watch football not to get a feel good buzz. IMO-Given past events in old mosaic I think less alcohol options are best for public/player safety

        • LOL this is beyond ridiculous. To say anyone who drinks a beer at a sporting event is going to exhibit poor fan behaviour is being incredibly short sighted. Some people actually choose to partake in an alcoholic beverage and still retain their faculties… shocking isn’t it

          • stampland // March 30, 2017 at 12:58 pm //

            I’m not suggesting fans can’t and don’t drink responsibly they surely do in all CFL stadiums and beyond. However curtain incidences have occurred in mosaic that perhaps should lead to a more “cautious approach” than other places. One that comes to mind is Wally Buono; having just received a triple heart bypass;having to protect the well being of his players,coaching staff,training staff,medical staff,media staff after fans threw countless torpedoes at his bench. Don’t mean to harp on rider fans but things like this must be tabled

  2. The argument that a taxpayer funded facility entitles craft brewers to sell in the stadium is like saying taxpayers should get free tickets to games….

    I’m not against more choice of products and beverages, but that argument doesn’t hold water.

  3. Matt Harvey // March 29, 2017 at 10:55 pm //

    Well said Mark. The big brew set space aside in the beer store. Why not the stadium. After all, Rider fans should have a choice in what kind of beer they cry over when their team loses. Lol.

  4. Solara2000 // March 30, 2017 at 10:38 am //

    Not a Molsons drinker and support craft beers from time-to-time, but if the ‘social equity’ argument is important enough to the Saskatchewan residents, then be prepared to buy Mosaic out of its partnership deal with Molsons in whole or in part in relation to the % of sales to be allocated to craft beer providers. Simple eh!

  5. Scottsask // March 30, 2017 at 12:23 pm //

    I’m all in for giving people more choices and supporting the local economy.

  6. SaskWatch // March 30, 2017 at 4:08 pm //

    “curtain incidences” happen in every stadium stampland.

    And yes, you do mean to harp on Rider fans.

    • stampland // March 30, 2017 at 4:34 pm //

      There are examples of good and bad fans everywhere off course SaskWatch but not the likes of the BC incident or with the frequency .Riders are the only fan base I know of that promote and pride themselves on drinking.Who else where hats made out of Pilsner boxes?

      • buddy… as much as i like to tease riders fans every now and then, that just made me laugh…who else promotes and prides themselves on drinking?? The Bombers fans had a BEER SNAKE for crying out loud lol. It’s not just Sask.

        • stampland // March 30, 2017 at 6:15 pm //

          They made a cup snake in Winnipeg which was cleaver.Those cups could be used for any beverage.Anyways better to make a snake than throw at opposing teams

  7. Stampland – give your head a shake, your eyes are stuck. You have prooven many times in your copious comments that you have a hate-on for evreything Riders. You have no credibility left here bud. Good luck.

    • stampland // March 30, 2017 at 6:11 pm //

      Rowdy you can have any opinion buy please give me another sample in CFL that compares to the BC incident.

  8. There are likely many incidents of fans having too much to drink and doing assinine things -including your referenced Buono situation – in each and every stadium. You make it sound like it only happens in Regina. I am sure that is why there is security and Calgary Police presence at every Stamps home games. Dont paint everything and everyone with your same broad brush. There are these idiots in every crowd but agsin you choose to pick the worst one involving Rider fans and saying oh my gawd would you look at that – all Rider fans are drunkin idiots. Not true my friend…time for you to take your red-coloured glassess off.

    • stampland // March 30, 2017 at 7:18 pm //

      I’m not saying all rider fans are drunken idiots not even close!. Considering the seats behind visitors bench are the most expensive it was a shocking and a telling incident.Of course there are police at stamps games,of course small ,occasional pockets of fans will cause problems just like everywhere. Explain to me why rider games have a much higher police presence than other games at McMahon?

      • What is your proof that there is a much higher police presence at rider games versus all others? You keep blindly making statements you can’t back up – again whatever credibility you may have once had is all but gone…

        • stampland // March 30, 2017 at 8:10 pm //

          I sent you a link but it may have not been allowed

        • stampland // March 30, 2017 at 8:31 pm //

          you could look online yourself..also you say there have been other incidents comparable to lions story…where? There are none.Never before has a team had to leave the sidelines because fans (in large numbers) in the expensive seats were pelting them with beer cans. Do you not feel embarrassed for this?

          • You made the statement – proove you are right. I dont have to look it up myself to proove you right or wrong. That is your job – anybody can say what they want on sites like this but anybody with credibility will back up their words with the proof. You dont remember the Vancouver riots? See it has happened before – or are you going to deny that happened? Or say its not the same thing? Come on Stampland…you should be better than that!

        • stampland // March 30, 2017 at 9:03 pm //

          Rowdy I send you links.I can view it right here Unfortunately there are red letters written above it stating saying “your comment is waiting moderation” The fact you refuse to look yourself shows me you know the truth but don’t want to have to admit it 🙂

          • Wow – 2008 and 2010. Going way back hey. Got anything current and relevant to todays society? I notice Stampeder red there also. Those who live in glass houses shouldnt throw stones.

          • stampland // March 31, 2017 at 12:41 am //

            Red really isn’t mentioned I think the point of these stories is pretty clear.Unruly Rider fans assaulting fans and police. 300 undercover cops needed when Riders play.
            If I murdered someone in 2008 can I claim I’m no longer a murderer due to the passing of time?

        • stampland // March 30, 2017 at 9:05 pm //

          Vancouver riots were more of a societal issue than a sport fan issue

  9. Didnt get the link – and still no proof…

  10. Bob Knows // March 30, 2017 at 9:48 pm //

    Why is this news……Next you will be reporting on what toilet paper is being used in Mosaic.

  11. Drew/Dustin: IMO Stampland and his comments should be reigned in as most are insulting and antagonistic with most meant to raise the ire of other readers of this fine CFL site resulting in other commentors, including me, fighting back.

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