Craft Beer and Baseball

Sep 25, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; General view of Coors Field before the start of the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Colorado Rockies. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

 

As a HUGE Atlanta Braves’ fan, and also a craft beer aficionado, I am always a touch bummed when I got the Turner Field in Atlanta for games, and find that the craft beer selection is still, well, sorely found lacking!  In a pinch, I don’t mind a Budweiser beer (coughing at claims to be the King of Beers), but the standard fare you find across this country are, in my opinion, vastly inferior to the small brewery, craft options.

Turner Field in Atlanta does have some craft options, but not many, and my hope is that with the rise in popularity of craft beers, homebrewing, etc., the powers that be at Turner will make better decisions and explore more options going forward.

The fine folks over at Craftbeer.com  have provided a list (which may not be complete) below of the craft beer offerings served up at the various baseball parks around the country.  Before I let you take a look, I’ll share just a few more thoughts about beer and baseball.  Beer has always played an important role in baseball, from the standpoint of sponsorships, ad money, etc.   Coors Field and the Milwaukee Brewers are just a couple of examples.  I’ll be glad when craft beer and the great breweries that mix up these wonderful recipes will get the recognition they deserve!  It’s true, currently at least, that many great, but small breweries simply don’t have the $ to compete with the larger breweries.  That’s why craft offerings are so slight currently.  That is changing though, slowly, but inexorably!

Sometime ago, the Daily Meal listed the Top 10 Baseball Stadiums for Craft Beer, so you might want to go and take a look to see if your favorite ballpark made the cut.  Sadly, my favorite ballpark – Turner Field, did not.  I hope that changes soon as well!

 

Craft Beer Offerings At Ball Parks

 

Angel Stadium of Anaheim | Los Angeles Angels | Anaheim, CA
Bootlegger’s Brewery, Hangar 24 Craft Brewery

AT&T Park | San Francisco Giants | San Francisco, CA
Anchor Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing Company, New Belgium Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Busch Stadium | St. Louis Cardinals | St. Louis, MO
Boulevard Brewing Company, New Belgium Brewing Company, Samuel Adams, Schlafly Beer, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company

Chase Field | Arizona Diamondbacks | Phoenix, AZ
The Phoenix Ale Brewery

Citi Field | New York Mets | Flushing, NY
Abita Brewing Company, Blue Point Brewing Company, Brooklyn Brewery, Ommegang, Sierra Nevada, Six Point Brewing Company, Victory Brewing Company

Citizens Bank Park | Philadelphia Phillies | Philadelphia, PA
Anchor Brewing, Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, Flying Fish Brewing Company, Samuel Adams, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Sly Fox Beer, Victory Brewing Company, Tröegs Brewing Company, Yards Brewing Company

Comerica Park | Detroit Tigers | Detroit, MI
Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

Coors Field | Colorado Rockies | Denver, CO
Boulder Beer, New Belgium Brewing Company, Odell Brewing Co., Oskar Blues, Samuel Adams

Dodger Stadium | Los Angeles Dodgers | Los Angeles, CA
Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Gordon Biersch Brewery, Samuel Adams

Fenway Park | Boston Red Sox | Boston, MA
Harpoon Brewery, Samuel Adams

Great American Ball Park | Cincinnati Reds | CIncinnati, OH
21st Amendment Brewery, Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Avery Brewing Company, Bell’s Brewery, Inc., Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., Founders Brewing Company, Great Lakes Brewing Company, Rivertown Brewing Company, Stone Brewing Co.

Kauffman Stadium | Kansas City Royals | Kansas City, MO
Boulevard Brewing Company, New Belgium Brewing Co.

Marlins Park | Miami Marlins | Miami, FL
Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales

Miller Park | Milwaukee Brewers | Milwaukee, WI
Lakefront Brewing Company, New Glarus Brewing

Minute Maid Park | Houston Astros | Houston, TX
Samuel Adams, Spoetzl Brewery, St. Arnold Brewing Company

Nationals Park | Washington Nationals | Washington, D.C.
Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, Flying Dog Brewing Company, Heavy Seas Beer, Brewery Ommegang, Samuel Adams, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum | Oakland Athletics | Oakland, CA
Lagunitas Brewing Co., Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Oriole Park at Camden Yards | Baltimore Orioles | Baltimore, MD
Flying Dog Brewery, Fordham Brewing, Heavy Seas Beer, Old Dominion Brewing Co.

PETCO Park | San Diego Padres | San Diego, CA
Ballast Point Brewing Company, Karl Strauss Brewery, Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Co., Stone Brewing Co.

PNC Park | Pittsburgh Pirates  | Pittsburgh, PA
21st Amendment Brewery, Brooklyn Brewery, Church Brew Works, Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, East End Brewing Company, Erie Brewing Co., Flying Dog Brewing Company, Harpoon Brewery,  Lagunitas Brewing Co., Pennsylvania Brewing Co., Samuel Adams, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Stone Brewing Co., Tröegs Brewing Company

Progressive Field | Cleveland Indians | Cleveland, OH
Buckeye Brewing Co., Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., Great Lakes, Hoppin’ Frog, Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

Rangers Ballpark | Texas Rangers | Arlington, TX
Brooklyn Brewery, New Belgium Brewing Company, Rahr & Sons,  Samuel Adams, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Spoetzl Brewery, St. Arnold Brewing Company

Safeco Field | Seattle Mariners | Seattle, WA
Fremont Brewing Company, Harmon Brewery, Iron Horse Brewery, Lagunitas Brewing Co., Lazy Boy Brewing

Target Field | Minnesota Twins | Minneapolis, MN
Samuel Adams, Summit Brewing Company, Surly Brewing Company

Tropicana Field | Tampa Bay Rays | St. Petersburg, FL
Cigar City Brewing Company

Turner Field | Atlanta Braves | Atlanta, GA
Abita Brewing Company, Samuel Adams, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Sweetwater Brewing Company

U.S. Cellular Field | Chicago White Sox | Chicago, IL
Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

Yankee Stadium | New York Yankees | Bronx, NY
Brooklyn Brewery, Samuel Adams

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