Baseball and beer are easily two of America’s greatest pastimes, so we assembled a list of some of the best stadiums to kick back and enjoy great beer this summer with your favorite sport. We cannot guarantee that every brewery mentioned will be available at the stadiums when you are there, but here at Craft Beer and Brewing, we believe a rotating draft selection is your friend.
Comerica Park – Tigers
This wouldn’t be a Michigan ballpark without Bell’s and Founders in your glass. You’ll also find local brewers such as New Holland, Arcadia, Atwater, North Peak, Griffin Claw, Arbor, and Saugatuck. Don’t worry if you are one who sticks to the classics. They’re stocked with Sierra Nevada and Sam Adams, along with Magic Hat, Goose Island, Brooklyn, and New Belgium. If you’re looking for more local offerings, a five-minute walk to the Park Bar will lead you to drafts of Motor City, Shorts, Dark Horse, Kuhnhenn, and others that will surely satisfy your thirst.
Progressive Field – Indians
Progressive Field lives up to its name with the selection of beer you can find in the ballpark. Can’t-miss local breweries include Fat Head’s, The Brew Kettle, and Great Lakes. More Ohio locals you’ll find are Market Garden, Elevator, Homestead, Portside, Jackie O’s, Platform, Willoughby, and Rivertown. Progressive Field also has a healthy representation from outside the Buckeye State with breweries such as Green Flash, Ballast Point, New Belgium, Clown Shoes, Lagunitas, Bell’s, Founders, Goose Island, Troegs, Southern Tier, Magic Hat, Avery, Stone, and Flying Dog.
Stop in at the Corner Bar inside the ballpark to pour your own beer from the self-serve draft stations with these craft beer selections on tap . . . because pouring your own beer is so much more rewarding.
Petco Park – Padres
San Diego, California
The San Diego beer scene is monstrous, and Petco Park is roaring with its fresh selection of beers. SD locals include Stone, Ballast Point, Pizza Port, Alesmith, Black Market, Saint Archer, Mike Hess, Manzanita, Karl Strauss, Mission, Coronado, Port, Lost Abbey, and Mother Earth. You’ll also find California favorites Firestone Walker, Anderson Valley, Knee Deep, and Sierra Nevada.
On the Garden level of the park, Ballast Point has its own section serving up twenty taps and cocktails featuring its very own spirits. A trip to the upper deck will lead to Stone’s rooftop beer garden with twelve different beers on tap.
Safeco Field – Mariners
Some have called Safeco the best baseball stadium for beer, and though we’re not ranking any stadium, there’s a great presence of local beer here. From just Seattle itself, the field offers Fremont, Pike, Schooner Exact, Two Beers, and Georgetown. Other locals include No-Li, Bale Breaker, Iron Horse, Black Raven, Diamond Knot, 7 Seas, Skagit River, and Northwest.
You can also choose from several other West Coast breweries such as Ballast Point, Deschutes, Stone, and 21st Amendment. If that’s not a large enough selection for you, there’s also a variety of beer on cask, and they have Firkin Fridays with local brewers. With so many beers to choose from, you might forget you are at a baseball game.
AT&T Park – Giants
San Francisco, California
What do you do before a game? Pre-grame, of course. Make a stop at The Yard with a year-round pop-up beer garden from Anchor Brewing. It’s right across the bridge from the stadium. Sixteen taps flow with Anchor classics such as Steam, California Lager, Liberty Ale, seasonal brews, and more one-off creations (e.g., Zymaster 7 Sour Mash IPA) that you won’t find anywhere else. Heading into the ballpark, you’ll find Sierra Nevada, Anchor, Lagunitas, Speakeasy Ales, 21st Amendment, Firestone Walker, Drakes, and Bear Republic among the locals. Out-of-state breweries include Deschutes, Widmer Brothers, Goose Island, and 10 Barrel.
If those don’t pique your interest, at the Public House, grab a draft from Allagash, Cellarmaker, Hanger 24, Russian River, Alpine, and many more before heading straight into the ballpark. Stopping in afterwards is always welcomed too. These spots are busy for the pre-game and post-game celebrations so make sure to get a spot early!
Miller Park – Brewers
Milwaukee consistently ranks among the top in beer cities, and having a team named the Brewers means there’s bound to be some good beer in the ballpark. The number one brewery that seems to be required at any establishment in Wisconsin that serves beer is New Glarus, considering it’s the only state where you can find their beer. Other locals include Lakefront, Leinenkugel, MKE, and Stevens Point. And don’t worry, your staple craft brews also have a presence with Bell’s, Sam Adams, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, and Sierra Nevada.
U.S. Cellular Field – White Sox
Undoubtedly, Chicago’s beer scene is one of the best in the country right now, and what better way to sample some of the local fare than at a ball game? U.S. Cellular Field has a great line-up of local breweries and classics that won’t let you down. From Chicago and the Illinois area you will find Half Acre, Revolution, Off Color, Lagunitas, Goose Island, Two Brothers, Pollyanna, and Generations. You’ll also find great beers from Bell’s, Founders, Great Lakes, 21st Amendment, New Belgium, Sierra Nevada, Boulder Beer, Lake Front, and Rogue. The only question is, which beer pairs best with your Chicago dog?
Let us know if there are any breweries we have missed at these ballparks, and we’ll be sure to add them for all to enjoy!