The last time we heard talk about beer in correlation with Major League Baseball, we were talking about it in reference to the Boston Red Sox’s epic collapse. Multiple players have apologized for what happened and new Manager Bobby Valentine has banned alcohol from the clubhouse before, after and during games. There will be no more sightings of Jon Lester and Josh Beckett chugging beer, eating fried chicken and playing video games in the middle of important games.
Although, that doesn’t mean you, the MLB fan, can’t enjoy a beer (or three) while you watch your favorite team battle it out in lawn covered stadiums all over the country.
The best way to show pride for your favorite team is to drink the beer that is brewed in that city. Unless you live in St. Louis and you need to pour one out for the loss of Albert Pujols, stay away from yellow, fizzy beers if at all possible. Welcome the new season by imbibing something that you have never tried before. You never know, it could become your new go-to beer.
Here is a list of MLB teams and some breweries that are located in or near each respective city:
- Boston Red Sox: Beantown is very well known for its breweries. You can root for gritty Dustin Pedroia and the boys by hoisting a Samuel Adams Boston Lager from the Boston Beer Company. If you want to try something different, grab a Harpoon IPA from the Harpoon Brewery. Other breweries in the Boston area include: Rock Bottom Brewery, Boston Beer Works and Cambridge Brewing Company.
- New York Yankees/Mets: New York State is a Mecca of brewing with the Empire State brewing trail rivaling the wine trial for alcohol supremacy. In the Metro area, you can cheer on the former employer of George Costanza by throwing back a Brooklyn Lager or Pennant Ale ‘55 from the Brooklyn Brewery. Other breweries in the greater NYC area include: Sixpoint, Greenpoint Beerworks, Chelsea Brewing Company, Heartland Brewing Company, Harlem Brewing Company and Bomb Beer Company. If you want to drink a beer from the oldest bar in the city, grab a six pack of McSorley’s while you wonder how AJ Burnett is enjoying Pittsburgh.
- Milwaukee Brewers: Just hearing the word “Wisconsin” makes me think of deep-friend cheese and giant mugs of frothy beer. Milwaukee is most famous because of the likes of Miller, Pabst and Schlitz. But, it is also home to a slew of great craft breweries. They include: Rock Bottom Brewery, Lakefront Brewery, Sprecher Brewing Company and dozens more.
- Philadelphia Phillies: We move from one area saturated with beer (not literally) to another. Philadelphia is a booming area when it comes to beer production. In terms of passion, the folks in Philly have it. I mean, they even booed Santa Claus. I mentioned Troegs in my last article, but try something from the Victory Brewing Company while you cheer on Chase Utley and company. Grab a Victory Lager or Headwaters Pale Ale and dress up in your Philly Phanatic costume and fight Charlie Kelly. Other breweries in the area include: Triumph Brewing Company, Yards Brewing Company and Philadelphia Brewing Company.
- San Diego Padres: We are flying over to the left coast for our last stop on this MLB beer tour. While rooting for the Carlos Quentin and the pads, enjoy a Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale (My favorite beer) from Stone Brewing Company. Other breweries in the San Diego area include: AleSmith Brewing Company, Alpine Beer Company, Port Brewing Company, Green Flash Brewing Company, Iron Fist Brewing Company and Mission Brewery.
Other MLB areas with great breweries include: Minnesota (Surly, Leinenkugel), Chicago (Goose Island, Metropolitan Brewing, Piece Brewery and Revolution Brewing), Colorado (Great Divide, Flying Dog, Breckenridge) and Cleveland (Great Lakes, Buckeye Brewing, Market Garden).
*This article originally appeared on drinkingmadeeasy.com where Chris writes an article every other week.
30 year old freelance writer and The Father Life‘s resident beer columnist and sports editor. He also writes about fine beverages for drinkingmadeeasy.com and Chilled Magazine. On top of that, he writes about college and professional lacrosse for insidelacrosse.com. He’s also written for Genesee Valley Parenting Magazine, the Democrat and Chronicle Newspaper and ESPN.com. “Osburn on Tap” appears monthly in THE FATHER LIFE. For questions, comments, or if you have a story idea for Chris, throw him an email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, follow him on twitter http://www.twitter.com/chrisosburn