30 Breweries for 30 Baseball Teams: National League Edition
Our goal was to select each Major League Baseball team’s hometown craft brewery (or as close as possible).
The selection criteria was most popular / quality brewery, followed by geography. We also tried to choose breweries who have a partnership with the team, or beer on tap inside the park.
These are the 15 National League teams. Here’s the American League edition.
- Atlanta Braves
- Terrapin Beer Co.
- Terrapin Beer Company is based in Athens, GA not far from Atlanta. This also happens to be Sweetwater Brewing Company country. Between the beers of both breweries we have tried, Terrapin was better, and Hopsecutioner in cans is one of the best ballpark IPAs you will find in all of baseball.
- Miami Marlins
- Funky Buddah Brewery
- Wynwood Brewing Co. might be Miami’s first production brewery, but Funky Buddah Brewery from Fort Lauderdale is the largest production craft brewery in South Florida. When you brew a Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, you have our undivided attention, and that special release is currently being served at Marlins Park.
- New York Mets
- Sixpoint Brewery
- Citi Field offers several New York based craft breweries inside the stadium, but few are as popular as Sixpoint. They have been brewing beer in Red Hook, Brooklyn since 2004. According to Instagram, Resin is their most popular brew, but look for their other core offerings at Mets games like Bengali, or Sweet Action hybrid ale – pale, wheat, and cream.
- Philadelphia Phillies
- Victory Brewing Company
- Tröegs Brewing Company and Victory are both about 2 hours away from Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies. Victory is more nationally recognized, and well represented inside the park where Summer Love ale and Hopdevil IPA are served.
- Washington Nationals
- DC Brau Brewing Company
- This was the first brewery in Washington DC to package distribute its beers since 1956. DC Brau is one of the largest and most popular craft brewery operations in the nation’s capital. Look for The Stone of Arbroath inside Nationals Park, along with their staple, The Public™ Pale Ale.
- Chicago Cubs
- Goose Island Beer Company
- Whether they’re owned by AB-InBev or not, you cannot argue that Wrigleyville is Goose Island territory. The brewery is on the Wrigley Field side of Chicago not far from the park, and their beer is served everywhere inside. Their beer cups also make great gloves for catching foul balls.
- Cincinnati Reds
- Christian Moerlein Brewing Co.
- Which craft beer pairs best with Skyline Chili? That could be risky business… Great American Ballpark now features the Brewery District, an 85 foot bar with 60 tap handles pouring a wide variety of craft beer from all regions. Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. is one of the biggest local operations, which started brewing beer in 1853. Choose from several of their offerings inside the park, or grab a beer across the street at Moerlein Lager House before the game.
- Milwaukee Brewers
- New Glarus Brewing Co.
- Leinenkugel might have a special exclusive, Bernie’s Barrelman Ale (their team mascot), available at Miller Park, but you cannot challenge the popularity of Wisconsin based New Glarus in the craft beer community. Enjoy their Spotted Cow farmhouse ale at Brewers games, just not at a bar in Minnesota.
- Pittsburgh Pirates
- Maker of classic lagers, Yeungling is America’s oldest brewery that just ousted Boston Beer Company as the nation’s top craft brewery. Their long tradition pairs perfectly with the Steel City and the Pirates, one of the oldest National League clubs. If a Traditional Lager does not quench your thirst watching baseball along the Allegheny River during the dog days of summer, we don’t know what will.
- St. Louis Cardinals
- The Saint Louis Brewery™
- The Saint Louis Brewery™, the brewer of Schlafly Beer, is Missouri’s largest locally owned independent brewery. Schlafly brand beer is served inside Busch Stadium, and both their Tap Room and Bottleworks locations are 10-15 minutes away from the ballpark.
- Arizona Diamondbacks
- SanTan Brewing Company
- SanTan is one of the larger craft breweries in Arizona. What better spot in a baseball stadium to enjoy a Mr. Pineapple, than in the right field pool at Chase Field? Okay — we were dreaming that part, but you can find their flagship Devil’s Ale in The Draft Room above right field.
- Colorado Rockies
- Sandlot Brewery at Coors Field
- Yes, there are much “craftier” breweries in the state of Colorado, such as Oskar Blues, Great Divide, Avery, and Odell. But Blue Moon’s Sandlot Brewery at Coors Field is too unique to pass up for this list, since this production brewery is actually housed inside the stadium. Although it brews year round, the Sandlot is only open to the public during baseball season, and to ticket holders during Rockies games. Their Coors Field exclusive ales are mostly baseball themed like Right Field Red and Wild Pitch Hefeweizen, to name a few.
- Los Angeles Dodgers
- El Segundo Brewing Co.
- Dodger Stadium has a fair share of craft beer on tap, including the popular locals Golden Road Brewing. They make good beer, but since we prefer heavily hopped ales we chose El Segundo, and their powerful lineup of IPAs instead. In a few weeks their tasty Citra Pale Ale will be back on tap at Chavez Ravine.
- San Diego Padres
- No city, or MLB park has more craft beer inside its limits than San Diego and Petco Park. You can find the branded Ballast Point Garden and Stone Brewing rooftop bar, to top the list. But what other team in baseball had their most legendary player collaborate with a world class brewer to create a personalized beer for “Mr. Padre?” AleSmith X, IPA, and Speedway Stout are available at Petco now, while AleSmith works on getting San Diego Pale Ale 394 on tap later this season. (Once they move to their new facility they can keep up with production?)
Update: AleSmith is releasing a limited “Hall of Fame” edition of .394, with proceeds donated to the Tony Gwynn museum at their new location.
- San Francisco Giants
- Anchor Brewing Co.
- Anchor’s Potrero Hill headquarters is blocks from AT&T, they’ve had branded bar(s) inside the park for several seasons now, and just debuted their pop-up beer garden in the Yard at Mission Rock. This longtime brewery has always been a huge supporter of all San Francisco sports, including team branded beer boxes and bottles.
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