The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT -

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.

Pic­ture: Ju­lian Keith

Elis De Souza changes beer taps at ANZ Sta­dium to meet the de­mand of a parochial Blues crowd at Ori­gin II on Wed­nes­day night.

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