By Reg Chapman

By Reg Chapman, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO)– An Minnesota Twins era has ended.

Just days before the home opener at Target Field, WCCO-TV learned that Wally McNeil “the Beer Man” won’t be back.

McNeil said that he is looking forward to a life without the Twins. However, even after a jury cleared his name, McNeil said he will still be selling beer to fans at Sneaky Pete’s.

“Going to be there before and after all the home games as a celebrity beer tender,” McNeil said.

Famous in his own right, McNeil has his own posters, trading cards and bobble heads.

Since 1982, McNeil was a well-known face in Twins territory, until he and other vendors were caught in a sting last September selling alcohol to underage drinkers.

“I just happen to be unlucky that day for some reason,” McNeil said.

Delaware North Company, which manages Target Field’s vendors suspended Wally indefinitely.

Wally said he will miss Target Field.

“I’m going to miss the action, the fans,” McNeil said.

But if you look closely you will be able to see his familiar face at a Twins game.

As a visitor you will probably see me periodically, but there is a new adventure in my life,” McNeil said.

His new adventure will include a slower pace: There are no stairs at Sneaky Pete’s.

“I feel it is going to be a little easier on me. I’ll be able to spend maybe a little more time at home with my wife,” McNeil said.

He says he will move along with his life without looking back.

“I have no bad feeling for anybody, “ McNeil said.

One thing you may not know about Wally, is that he is the co-owner of two horses: Wally’s Choice and Mrs. Beer Man.

He plans on spending some of his new free time with them at the track.

Reg Chapman

Comments (8)
  1. Pork Chop Guy says:

    Good for Wally. He’s better off.

  2. Victim Du Jour says:

    Let Freedom Ring

  3. Jobu says:

    Why is this still in the news?? Get over it!!! Go to that dive bar of Sneaky Pete’s if you want to be an underage drinker

  4. celebrity? says:

    Jobu- Sneaky Petes has bouncers. Wally won’t have to worry about selling to minors there, the bouncers won’t let the underage kids in…It’s also not a dive bar, it’s actually a pretty nice place.

    One more thing, he is a CELEBRITY beer tender? really? Can we not call wally a celebrity please?

  5. Fred says:

    celebrity? – If I remember correctly, doesn’t Sneaky Pete’s have stripper poles that patrons can get up on and dance? Also, it’s pretty often when walking back to my car that I see the strippers from next door standing outside their doors having a cigarette and flirting with old men walking by. Sure sounds like a dive bar to me….

  6. linguinilips says:

    The same stupid management company would probably tear down Porky’s signs rather than let them be sold.

  7. GIdave says:

    Our tax dollars at work…! The police do not have anything better to do with their time than worry about something like underage drinking. If they want to watch the parking lots after the game for drunk drivers, fine……but to spend their resources (our tax dollars) worrying about something so trivial as an 18 or 20 year old having a beer at a game…well, maybe it’s time to find new leadership in Minneapolis. The 18 and 20 year olds are old enough to finght and die for our country in Iraq and Afghanistan, but can’t have a beer….that is plain stupidity.!!!! (Remember, the draft is still on the books for military service for those over 18, it’s just not being used right now.)

    Hats Off to Wally for many years of service and if he sold a beer or two inadverdantly to a minor, so what….!!!!!