The Official 'Beer Man' Brings Industry Expertise To Ballpark Village

By Molly Rippinger
In Food

When it comes to beer, Tony Caradonna certainly knows a thing or two and he has the résumé to prove it. From working as a tour guide at Anheuser-Busch to starting the first craft-beer distributorship in Missouri and even founding the award-winning O’Fallon Brewery, Caradonna’s decades of industry experience are unparalleled.

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Image courtesy of Budweiser Brew House

Today, Caradonna is known around the new, three-level and 120,000-square-foot Ballpark Village as the “Beer Man.” The title is more than just a nickname, and is actually an official position with the proof printed on Caradonna’s business card. Not only does that make him one of the coolest guys in suds-soaked St. Louis, but provides an accurate description of his day-to-day at Ballpark Village.

As “Beer Man,” Caradonna constantly ensures the 480 taps are pumping premium products into every glass at Ballpark Village. On any given day he also leads private tours around the venue, explaining the rich Anheuser-Busch and Budweiser history that’s been deeply rooted in St. Louis since 1876. During a Cardinals game day, Caradonna is out and about in his red flap cap and sport coat ensuring every guest is having a good time rooting on the Redbirds – whether it be from a perch on the rooftop deck or at one of the tables in the biergarten.

As if being “Beer Man” wasn’t impressive enough, the other half of Caradonna’s responsibilities are to act as the official ambassador for Fridays on Clark – Ballpark Village’s weekly, outdoor happy hour when they block off Clark for a street party. Catch Caradonna taking center stage at 5pm to kick off the festivities by tapping the featured keg and raising a glass to Cardinal Nation. As Caradonna explained, Fridays on Clark acts as “the official start of the weekend in Downtown St. Louis.” With free samples from the keg and live music entertainment, it’s certainly not a bad way to end the work week as “Beer Man.”

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