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A Home Run for Craft Beer

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The experience of going to a Major League Baseball game is not complete without a hotdog and a beer to go with it. Luckily for us, America’s baseball stadiums have been paying attention to their customers’ tastes and are adding more and more craft beer options to their concessions.

Now instead of one option from two or three massive breweries, we’re seeing an influx of multiple styles like IPAs, robust porters and american brown ales—and they’re all coming from local small and independent breweries.

Although major sponsorships in professional sports are primarily fulfilled by the macro-brewers—which sometimes unfortunately transcends to the stadium’s tap list—some of these baseball arenas are really stepping up their beer game.

Safeco Field

According to the Washington Post, the Seattle Mariners’ Safeco Field offers a tremendous amount of craft beer options, including cask-conditioned beers and a list of 22-ounce bottles from breweries like Oskar Blues, No-Li Brewhouse and Rogue Ales. Craft sales at this stadium trump domestic sales by almost four times, and with plans to integrate food and beer pairing suggestions at the stadium concession stands in the next year, there is no sign of slowing them down.

Great American Ball Park

The Great American Ball Park, home to the Cincinnati Reds, offers the biggest selection of beer in Major League Baseball thanks to their recent addition of an 84-foot bar that boasts more than 50 taps. There are now more than 130 beers available at the stadium, a lot of which are craft beers. Keep an eye out for breweries like Rivertown Brewing Co., MadTree Brewing, Blank Slate Brewing Co. and Mt. Carmel Brewing Co. among many other craft brands.

Now home team pride can be seen through the crowd’s choice of jersey and what beer they are spilling while trying to catch that foul ball.

What craft beers do you enjoy at your favorite Major League Baseball stadiums? is fully dedicated to small and independent U.S. breweries. We are published by the Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s small and independent craft brewers. Stories and opinions shared on do not imply endorsement by or positions taken by the Brewers Association or its members.