BLUES DON’T GIVE A XXXX ABOUT FOOL’S GOLD
WITH the vast majority of the 80,000 fans at State of Origin II certain to be cheering for NSW on Wednesday night, the catering team at ANZ Stadium is busy changing beer taps to ensure there is ample NSW beer flowing for the pro-Blues crowd.
About 75 per cent of the beer taps at ANZ Stadium’s general admission areas will be the traditional NSW brew Hahn Premium 3.5. Only 25 per cent will be devoted to Queensland’s famous beer, XXXX.
This is the complete opposite of the beer tap split that was introduced for the 2015 grand final featuring North Queensland and the Brisbane Broncos.
Andreas Breitfuss, general manager of catering and hospitality at ANZ Stadium, said footy fans would consume more than 800 kegs of beer on the night and that past trends had shown parochial Blues fans heavily prefer traditional NSW beers at Origin games in Sydney.
He said similar adjustments were being made to the beer taps in the members’ and corporate bars at ANZ Stadium, where six beers will be on tap, including NSW favourites Tooheys New and James Squire One Fifty Lashes.
Sadly, your correspondent won’t be enjoying any — I’m on work duty.
Elis De Souza changes beer taps at ANZ Stadium to meet the demand of a parochial Blues crowd at Origin II on Wednesday night.