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Beer At The Ballpark Roundup

Michael Donato, October 13, 2015 -   

The regular season is over for baseball, and fans drank a lot of beer out at the ballpark this year. It’s time to go back and review which beer napped the top spot in volume for each park. The top beer for each stadium is below, and if it’s changed from last year I have the previous leader in italics with the place it finished in this year in the final column.

Stadium

Brewery

Beer

Rating

BAR

Style+

#

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Golden Road Brewing

Point The Way IPA

3.10

0.33

97.21

18

AT&T Park

Lagunitas Brewing Company

IPA

4.01

5.80

105.76

20

Busch Stadium

Anheuser-Busch (ABInBev)

Bud Light

2.67

0.02

92.00

22

Busch Stadium

Anheuser-Busch (ABInBev)

Budweiser Select

2.85

-0.53

89.73

3rd

Chase Field

The Phoenix Ale Brewery

Camelback IPA

3.29

0.07

96.85

11

Citi Field

Goose Island Beer Co.

India Pale Ale (IPA)

3.27

2.33

101.24

19

Citizen's Bank Park

Goose Island Beer Co.

India Pale Ale (IPA)

3.48

2.33

101.24

21

Citizen's Bank Park

Goose Island Beer Co.

312 Urban Pale Ale

3.86

-1.03

94.56

8th

Comerica Park

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Summer Shandy

3.44

8.88

120.61

19

Comerica Park

Griffin Claw Brewing Company

Norm's Raggedy Ass IPA

3.73

3.86

105.15

7th

Coors Field

Coors Brewing Company

Coors Original

2.37

1.01

96.16

23

Dodger Stadium

Anheuser-Busch (ABInBev)

Bud Light

2.01

0.02

92.00

14

Dodger Stadium

Golden Road Brewing

Point The Way IPA

2.66

0.33

97.21

2nd

Fenway Park

Goose Island Beer Co.

India Pale Ale (IPA)

3.10

2.33

101.24

47

Fenway Park

Wachusett Brewing Company

Green Monsta IPA

3.69

0.61

97.89

6th

Great American Ball Park

Rhinegeist

Truth

3.85

6.30

110.39

21

Kauffman Stadium

Boulevard Brewing Co.

TEST - Smokestack IPA

4.02

2.91

102.03

15

Kauffman Stadium

Boulevard Brewing Co.

Pale Ale

3.65

2.34

102.40

3rd

Marlins Park

Anheuser-Busch (ABInBev)

Budweiser

2.83

0.52

94.20

3

Marlins Park

Goose Island Beer Co.

Honker's Ale

2.85

1.87

101.27

4th

Miller Park

Miller Brewing Company

Miller Lite

2.21

1.65

97.17

31

Minute Maid Park

Karbach Brewing Co

Hopadillo IPA

3.67

4.17

105.20

9

Minute Maid Park

Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Amber Ale

3.45

0.80

99.38

9th

National's Park

Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Nats Anniversary IPA

3.14

-0.56

94.08

50

National's Park

Miller Brewing Company

Miller Lite

2.28

1.65

97.17

2nd

O.co Coliseum

Drake's Brewing Company

1500 Pale Ale

3.56

3.83

106.22

9

O.co Coliseum

Goose Island Beer Co.

India Pale Ale (IPA)

3.34

2.33

101.24

3rd

Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Pabst Brewing Company

National Bohemian

2.83

4.19

109.28

35

Petco Park

Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits

Sculpin IPA

4.19

11.17

114.73

23

PNC Park

Pittsburgh Brewing Company

I.C. Light

2.91

2.90

105.55

21

Progressive Field

Miller Brewing Company

Miller Lite

3.27

1.65

97.17

12

Progressive Field

Anheuser-Busch (ABInBev)

Bud Light

1.71

0.02

92.00

3rd

Rangers Ballpark In Arlington

Anheuser-Busch (ABInBev)

Bud Light

2.04

0.02

92.00

7

Rogers Centre

Goose Island Beer Co.

India Pale Ale (IPA)

3.37

2.33

101.24

13

Rogers Centre

Oland Brewery (AB-Inbev)

Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale

2.96

-4.29

87.52

2nd

Safeco Field

Bale Breaker Brewing

Field 41 Pale Ale

3.86

5.12

111.10

19

Target Field

Lift Bridge Brewery

Farm Girl Saison

3.14

0.94

99.22

14

Target Field

Summit Brewing Company

Extra Pale Ale (EPA)

3.90

4.45

107.92

2nd

Tropicana Field

Cigar City Brewing

Jai Alai IPA

4.04

9.49

113.28

5

Turner Field

SweetWater Brewing Company

IPA

3.75

3.58

103.25

10

US Cellular Field

Half Acre Beer Company

Daisy Cutter Pale Ale

3.76

7.13

112.44

25

US Cellular Field

Revolution Brewing Company

Anti-Hero IPA

3.65

7.38

110.06

3rd

Wrigley Field

Pabst Brewing Company

Heileman's Old Style

2.57

1.37

98.34

61

Yankee Stadium

Goose Island Beer Co.

India Pale Ale (IPA)

3.46

2.33

101.24

25

First, a postseason prediction. The playoff team with the best beer is the Astros. Karbach Brewing’s Hopadillo IPA comes in at 4.17 BAR. So congrats Astros, you’re clearly going to win the World Series. Too bad about the Padres since their top beer was Ballast Point’s Sculpin for a league-leading 11.17 BAR.

There is so much Goose Island on this list. The Red Sox actually replaced the aptly named, though not particularly good, Green Monsta IPA with Goose Island’s. 

Interestingly the Nationals replaced Miller Lite with something called Nats Anniversary Ale by...Samuel Adams? Why is the Boston Beer company brewing the Nationals beer? The Nationals fans drank a lot of it, not surprising, but it appears like it wasn’t very tasty. 

I’d like to call attention to the White Sox and US Cellular Field. They replaced Anti-Hero IPA by Revolution Brewing with Daisy Cutter Pale Ale by Half Acre. If those two beers sound familiar, it’s because they went head to head in episode 19 of the Drinking With Shirt Podcast. It was a good episode, and you should listen (and rate/review/subscribe) if you haven’t already. I won’t spoil which beer won the BeerSport. 

I’m always vaguely disappointed in the low number of check-ins, particularly for a couple of these parks. Both Florida teams do particularly poorly, which does kind of make sense as they’re 28th and 30th in attendance. 

Overall though, not many surprises. The parks named for beer represent that name well. Many of the others that haven’t caved to the Goose or Big Beer nicely represent a local brewery as their top choice, which is nice to see. Perhaps next year more craft beer will take more top spots.

Michael can be found on Twitter and Untappd and is still hoping to have another beer or two at Citi Field this year. You can also email him at beer@ceetar.com.

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