5 takeaways from local writer’s annual #TwinsFood analysis

With the Minnesota Twins releasing their 2017 food and beverage offerings today, it was time yet again for local reporter and self-described Twitter rabble rouser David Brauer to break down the info and shine a light on what got axed, what prices changed, and more. Here are our top five takeaways from his analysis.

1. Craft beer is getting… cheaper?

At first it appeared that craft brands like, Summit, Bauhaus, Indeed, and more were jumping by $2. Though shortly after Brauer posted the above tweet, the Twins replied to confirm that those brands were actually changing from 12oz. cans to 16oz. tallboys. Brauer then broke it down by the ounce and found that the change actually makes those beers about $.03 cheaper per ounce.

Most other beers are increasing in price by $.50 and wine and mixed drinks are increasing by $.50 to $1.50 (see tweet below in takeaway #2). Leinenkugel’s beer is out this year.

2. Holy crap vegan brats are pricey

Vegan brats from the Herbivorous Butcher are making their Target Field debut this year, and while we’re sure vegan attendees at games will be happy to have a new option, we’re not so sure they’ll love the $12.50 price tag. For comparison’s sake, the cost of other brats and hot dogs is not changing from last season and range from $4.50 (Original Twins Dog) to $8 (Kramarczuk’s Sausage).

3. AZ Canteen, Barrio, Hot Indian have new foods; rib tips out

Other new menu options include chicken, pork, and beef Canteen Skewers and the Sloppy Ko Korean-style BBQ sandwich at Andrew Zimmern’s AZ Canteen, a Chicken Tikka Salad from Hot Indian, barbacoa tacos and chicken burritos and tacos from Barrio, Shrimp Boil from 4 Bells, boneless and bone-in buffalo wings, The Kurd-Marczuk (see below), and more. Check out MPR’s Nancy Yang’s coverage of the new foods for more photos.

Foods that have been nixed from 2017 menus include Murray’s Steak and Cheese Steak Sandwiches, Pork Chop On A Stick, Butcher & The Boar Pork Rib Tips, pulled pork sandwich, Korean Fried Chicken Sandwich, and calzones.

4. You can help teens learn life and leadership skills by eating cookies

Local non-profit Cookie Cart, which “provides teens 15 to 18 years old with lasting and meaningful work, life and leadership skills through experience and training in an urban nonprofit bakery,” will be selling their cookies on weekend games in section 101.

5. Most food prices are not changing

Coming off the worst season in franchise history, most fans will likely be glad to hear that the cost of the majority of food items at Target Field are either not changing or increasing by only $.50. Contrary to the chart in the above tweet, the Twins said Red Cow’s Poutine and Ultimate Burger will still be available at Minnie and Paul’s and from a cart in section 126.


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