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Baseball Fans' Favorite Beer

Michael Donato, October 13, 2014 -   

The 2013 results showed us some interesting favorite beers, and a lot of macros. In 2014 there are some promising craft beer results. This data only reflects beers tagged with the location of the 30 Major League ballparks, it does not include check-ins without a location, or check-ins to bars or concessions or parking lots in the vicinity of the park. 

 

I'm only including the top beer by volume in the list, with last year's winner if it changed in italics. 

Stadium

Brewery

Beer

BAR

Style+

Volume

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Golden Road Brewing

Point The Way IPA

0.32

105.35

34

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Anheuser-Busch (ABInBev)

Bud Light

0.43

115.15

 

AT&T Park

Lagunitas Brewing Company

IPA

5.76

114.85

39

Busch Stadium

Anheuser-Busch (ABInBev)

Budweiser Select

-0.11

112.83

40

Busch Stadium

Anheuser-Busch (ABInBev)

Budweiser

0.48

110.07

 

Chase Field

The Phoenix Ale Brewery

Camelback IPA

-0.11

106.71

16

Citi Field

Goose Island Beer Co.

India Pale Ale (IPA)

2.49

112.85

24

Citi Field

Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Lager

4.39

118.52

 

Citizen's Bank Park

Goose Island Beer Co.

312 Urban Pale Ale

-0.94

103.36

50

Citizen's Bank Park

Victory Brewing Company

Summer Love

2.81

115.55

 

Comerica Park

Griffin Claw Brewing Company

Norm's Raggedy Ass IPA

3.80

114.31

32

Comerica Park

Labatt Brewing Company

Labatt Blue Light

3.34

130.75

 

Coors Field

Coors Brewing Company

Coors Original

0.87

111.94

47

Coors Field

Coors Brewing Company

Coors Light

0.95

117.31

 

Dodger Stadium

Golden Road Brewing

Point The Way IPA

0.32

105.35

28

Dodger Stadium

Anheuser-Busch (ABInBev)

Bud Light

0.43

115.15

27

Fenway Park

Wachusett Brewing Company

Green Monsta IPA

0.85

106.73

88

Great American Ball Park

Rhinegeist

Truth

6.20

120.39

43

Kauffman Stadium

Boulevard Brewing Co.

Pale Ale

2.22

111.73

22

Kauffman Stadium

Boulevard Brewing Co.

80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer

4.68

117.58

 

Marlins Park

Goose Island Beer Co.

Honker's Ale

1.66

113.31

2

Miller Park

Miller Brewing Company

Miller Lite

1.95

121.39

56

Minute Maid Park

Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Amber Ale

0.95

110.56

19

National's Park

Miller Brewing Company

Miller Lite

1.95

121.39

67

O.co Coliseum

Goose Island Beer Co.

India Pale Ale (IPA)

2.49

112.85

17

O.co Coliseum

New Belgium Brewing Company

Ranger India Pale Ale (IPA)

2.35

109.06

 

Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Pabst Brewing Company

National Bohemian

4.08

127.60

136

Petco Park

Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits

Sculpin IPA

11.25

125.15

48

PNC Park

Pittsburgh Brewing Company

I.C. Light

3.17

132.95

55

PNC Park

Yuengling Brewery

Traditional Lager

5.44

119.18

 

Progressive Field

Anheuser-Busch (ABInBev)

Bud Light

0.43

115.15

28

Progressive Field

Miller Brewing Company

Miller Lite

1.95

121.39

22

Rangers Ballpark In Arlington

Anheuser-Busch (ABInBev)

Bud Light

0.43

115.15

14

Rangers Ballpark In Arlington

Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Fancy Lawnmower

1.91

117.63

 

Rogers Centre

Oland Brewery (AB-Inbev)

Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale

-4.31

94.51

23

Safeco Field

Bale Breaker Brewing

Field 41 Pale Ale

5.01

121.99

36

Safeco Field

Skagit River Brewery

Sculler's IPA

-0.98

101.06

18

Target Field

Summit Brewing Company

Extra Pale Ale (EPA)

4.36

120.22

50

Tropicana Field

Cigar City Brewing

Jai Alai IPA

9.40

123.12

12

Tropicana Field

Anheuser-Busch (ABInBev)

Bud Light

0.43

115.15

 

Turner Field

SweetWater Brewing Company

IPA

3.62

112.23

50

Turner Field

Coors Brewing Company

Coors Light

0.95

117.31

16

US Cellular Field

Revolution Brewing Company

Anti-Hero IPA

7.30

119.58

37

US Cellular Field

Miller Brewing Company

Miller Lite

1.95

121.39

37

Wrigley Field

Pabst Brewing Company

Heileman's Old Style

1.31

114.98

107

Yankee Stadium

Goose Island Beer Co.

India Pale Ale (IPA)

2.49

112.85

105

What's with Cardinals fans elevating Budweiser Select? Did the Rangers dump Saint Arnold Brewing Company or is it simply their small sample size causing Bud Light's victory? Both LA teams put Golden Road Brewery's Point the Way at the top spot, despite it being one of the lesser beers they make, according to this writeup by Jeffrey Wiser. There were almost no check-ins at Marlins Park, despite me double-verifying the location id. I'm unsure if a joke about their lack of fans, or a joke about the average age of a Florida resident and their likelihood of using a smartphone app like Untappd, would be better here. 

 

Three parks replaced a craft beer with AB-InBev owned Goose Island as the most popular beer. Citi Field, Citizen's Bank Park, and O.co Coliseum join Yankee Stadium and Marlins park with Goose Island as the top brewery.  This is AB-InBev playing their best 'If you can't beat them, join them' game with their craft breweries. Goose Island brews accounted for a whopping 8.8% of all Untappd check-ins at ballparks last season. I blame this, seen in most ballparks. 

AB-InBev's main offerings only account for 11.2%, and Miller-Coors is 9.7% . The most checked-into craft brewery is actually Flying Dog at 2.3% followed by Sam Adams at 2.2%. 

 

Things are still looking up for craft beer. For the three parks that moved Goose Island to the top and the one, Ranger's Ballpark in Arlington, that moved Bud Light to the top spot, five parks ousted macro brew for a craft beer. This list also ignores, due to lack of data, the growing amount of ancillary craft beer bars and locations that are attached to ballparks around the country. The 4g and public WiFi at Citi Field is pretty great, but I can't vouch for the ability of other fans to get a good enough connection to attach a location to their check-ins at games, nor perhaps the captivating baseball that could cause them to forget to do so. 

 

Here's to an even better 2015!

Michael spends his time on Twitter and Untappd musing about beer and baseball, often together.

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