NBA Finals: Lone Star vs. Brooklyn

New York, San Antonio mayors make locally brewed beer part of wager

June 14, 1999 - The NBA championship series isn't just about basketball any more - there's beer on the line. The mayors of San Antonio and New York, keeping with what has become a tradition in major sports championships, have made a friendly wager on the series.


New York Mayor Rudalph Giuliani and San Antonio Mayor Howard Peak both put up products their cities are well known for as part of a bet on who will win.

If the Spurs win, Giuliani will send Peak cheesecake from Junior's, hot dogs from Nathan's and beer from Brooklyn Brewery. Giuliani also would don a Spurs cap at a news conference.

If the Knicks win, Peak will send Giuliani tamales, chips, salsa, Lone Star beer, margarita mix and bu–uelos and he will put on a Knicks hat in front of photographers and TV cameras.

Although the 66-year-old Lone Star brewery closed last September, Lone Star beer is once again brewed in San Antonio. Production was moved to Longview, Texas, when the Lone Star plant closed, but returned to the city when Pabst acquired the brand. It is made at the Pearl Brewery, which is owned by Pabst.

Brooklyn Brewery's beers are well known in the mid-Atlantic states.

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