30 Breweries for 30 Baseball Teams: American 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 American League teams. Stay tuned for our National League edition coming soon.
- Baltimore Orioles
- Flying Dog Brewery
- Although the brewery originated in Colorado, a majority of their operations were moved to Maryland in 2008. Flying Dog Grill inside Camden Yards hosts Firkin Fridays for every home (Friday) game.
- Boston Red Sox
- Samuel Adams / The Boston Beer Company
- This will draw some ire, but what other beer do you associate with Baaahhhstan where Fenway Paahhhk is? You can tour the brewery, and take a shuttle right to home games.
- New York Yankees
- Brooklyn Brewery
- It’s no secret the New York Yankees have the worst craft beer selection in all of Major League Baseball. They should consider serving some Brooklyn Brewery, who is not that far away.
- Tampa Bay Rays
- Cigar City Brewing
- This brewery is the reason we cannot wait to visit Tropicana Field. Cigar City makes amazing brews, including their Homefront IPA which was aged on Louisville Slugger bats.
- Toronto Blue Jays
- NOT Steam Whistle Brewing
- The Blue Jays are another AL East team with deep ties to AB-InBev. Steam Whistle Brewing is right across the street from Rogers Centre, but last season they were kicked out of the stadium as a beer vendor. Hmmm. Bellwoods Brewery, Left Field Brewery, and Skeleton Key are other recommended breweries in Ontario.
- Chicago White Sox
- Revolution Brewery
- US Cellular Field has been a long time Miller-Coors stronghold, but last season they opened themselves up to some craft brews. Revolution has their Anti-Hero on tap. You can hop on the Red Line and Blue Line to visit their Brewpub for pre-game food and beers.
- Cleveland Indians
- Great Lakes Brewing Company
- GLBC has renewed their partnership with the Indians for 2015, including the brand new Right Field District at Progressive Field. They will be serving their famous Brewer’s Barley Pretzels and Dortmunder Gold beer bratwurst, along with exclusives like Rally Drum Red Ale.
- Detroit Tigers
- Bell’s Brewery, Inc.
- It’s pretty hard to argue with Bell’s being the most popular craft brewery in Michigan. Of course Founders would be another solid choice. The Tigers hit grandslams, Bell’s brews Hopslam. Find their beer in the Michigan Craft Beer Bar.
- Kansas City Royals
- Boulevard Brewing Company
- Boulevard Brewing Company is one of the largest breweries in Missouri and the Midwest region. For the 2015 season, they have teamed up with the Royals to bring over 75 different craft beers to Kauffman Stadium with Craft & Draft in left field.
- Minnesota Twins
- Surly Brewing Co.
- One of the easiest choices on this list. We don’t want to say Surly is the only game in town, but in 2011 the state of Minnesota signed the “Surly Bill” into law, which allows breweries under 250K barrels a year to sell pints in their breweries.
- Houston Astros
- Saint Arnold Brewing Company
- Texas’ oldest craft brewery and the American League’s newest addition have partnered up for a branded beer bar in left field. Saint Arnold’s Friday Happy Hours get you into the park 1 hour early, for $5 beers from their menu.
- Los Angeles Angels
- The Bruery
- The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are technically located in Orange County, just like The Bruery. Although their beers are not offered at the park, The Bruery is the most established brewery in Orange County.
- Oakland Athletics
- Drake’s Brewing Company
- There’s no finer craft brewery on the A’s side of the bay than Drake’s. Their Hopocalypse artwork matches the baseball team colors, but that’s probably just a coincidence. You can find Drake’s on tap in the West Side Club.
- Seattle Mariners
- Pyramid Breweries
- Their original location, Seattle Alehouse, is right across the street from Safeco Field. It does not get much closer than that, and Pyramid’s beer garden is open before every Mariners game.
- Texas Rangers
- Deep Ellum
- Pairing the Rangers with a craft brewery was the most difficult task on this list. The craft beer served inside Globe Life Park is not local fare, but Deep Ellum is about 30 minutes away. Jester King and Austin Beer Works were runners up. Update: Deep Ellum Pale Ale and IPA are on tap at the ballpark.
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