The New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants are playing each other tonight in the MLB National League Wild Card game to determine which team will advance to play the Chicago Cubs in the Divisional Series. There’s a lot riding on this game, and two brewing companies have made a bet to raise the stakes even further.
In a Twitter exchange this morning, the Cooperstown-based Brewery Ommegang bet San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing that the Mets would win the game. The loser will have to wear the winning team’s jersey and pour a beer from the winning brewery in their tasting room, along with sending their brewmaster to the winning brewery to brew a beer in honor of the winning team and city.
Anchor Brewing president Matt Davenport said in a statement:
Baseball and San Francisco have gone hand in hand for more than 100 years. With roots that date back to the California Gold Rush, Anchor has been intrinsically tied to the city, enjoyed by Giants fans for decades. We look forward to sharing our beer with Ommegang fans in Cooperstown, as we send some tasty West Coast [read: Best Coast] brews to be enjoyed in their taproom. It’s an even year and we all know what that means.
Brewery Ommegang president Doug Campbell said:
This game promises to be an epic matchup between two great teams and two great states. I look forward to seeing pictures of Matt serving our beer to Anchor fans in San Francisco. Here in Cooperstown, our roots run deep in both the national pastime and our home state, and we are exciting to raise our glasses to the Mets’ victory tonight.
The Mets and Giants face off tonight at 8:08 p.m. EST on ESPN. The Anchor/Ommegang collaboration beer will be available in time for next season’s opening day in 2017.
You can see the tweet that kicked off the bet below.