Nats Park Does At Least One Thing Well (Spoiler: It’s Beer)

CraftBeer.com recently published their Major League Baseball Craft Beer Guide, which lists microbreweries on tap at each stadium. Like anything else, some ballparks are better than others, and you’ll be pleased to know Nats Park ranks quite well.

Before getting to that, though, know that I’m no craft beersman. I’m just a guy who enjoys craft beer, probably more than the next guy, but maybe not as much as other guys (like Chris, who contributed to this ranking). I also haven’t sampled all of these breweries, but of course I hope to remedy that someday. Soon.

1. Great American Ball Park (Reds)

21st Amendment Brewery, Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Avery Brewing Company, Bell’s Brewery, Inc., Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., Founders Brewing Company, Great Lakes Brewing Company, Rivertown Brewing Company, Stone Brewing Co.

Wasn’t expecting this from Cincy/GABP, but that’s quite a lineup. Hard to beat the holy trinity of Anderson Valley, Bell’s and Founders, not to mention pretty much everything else they have to offer.

2. PNC Park (Pirates)

21st Amendment Brewery, Brooklyn Brewery, Church Brew Works, Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, East End Brewing Company, Erie Brewing Co., Flying Dog Brewing Company, Harpoon Brewery, Lagunitas Brewing Co., Pennsylvania Brewing Co., Samuel Adams, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Stone Brewing Co., Tröegs Brewing Company

No surprise here as PNC is wonderful and Pennsylvania’s a bit of a microbrew hotspot. A lot of my favorites are accounted for, namely Dogfish Head, Flying Dog, Lagunitas, Sierra Nevada and Stone.

3. Citizens Bank Park (Phillies)

Anchor Brewing, Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, Flying Fish Brewing Company, Samuel Adams, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Sly Fox Beer, Victory Brewing Company, Tröegs Brewing Company, Yards Brewing Company

It painful to rank Philly this high, but that’s a lot of good beer. Hard to beat the Dogfish-Victory combo.

4. Nationals Park

Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, Flying Dog Brewing Company, Heavy Seas Beer, Brewery Ommegang, Samuel Adams, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

A shorter list than the others, but Nats Park makes up for it with the mid-Atlantic triumverate of Dogfish, Flying Dog and Heavy Seas. Would be nice to see Port City Brewing here next season.

Tied at 5. Citi Field (Mets), AT&T Park (Giants)

Abita Brewing Company, Blue Point Brewing Company, Brooklyn Brewery, Ommegang, Sierra Nevada, Six Point Brewing Company, Victory Brewing Company

Anchor Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing Company, New Belgium Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

I think we’re seeing a trend here: Newer stadiums serve good beer.

Tied for last: Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium

Harpoon Brewery, Samuel Adams

Brooklyn Brewery, Samuel Adams

I suppose their fans are going to come anyway/drink whatever.

Honorable Mention: Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Flying Dog Brewery, Fordham Brewing, Heavy Seas Beer, Old Dominion Brewing Co.

Good local stuff, at least.

(Image taken with love from Beer of Tomorrow.)

7 thoughts on “Nats Park Does At Least One Thing Well (Spoiler: It’s Beer)”

  1. Folks on Twitter are pointing out that many of the Nats Park beers are only served in Red Porch, which isn’t exactly convenient.

    And that’s a fair point we overlooked here. Because we don’t know how readily available the beers are at each stadium, we just judged based on which beers are offered at all. So.

  2. Any thoughts on DC Brau? I know its getting tons of hype around the area but when I had it I thought it was really plain and not impressive.

  3. The beer selection in center field is great, everywhere else is…less so. I’d like to see some Flying Dog and Dogfish all over the stadium. Certainly makes more sense than serving Peroni on tap.

    DC Brau does not do it for me either.

  4. Having been to Citizens Bank Park quite a few times, I can attest to the fact that they have great craft beer, and more importantly, they have great craft beer widely available throughout the park. There are small kiosks set up around the park – so many, in fact, that I end up missing an inning just walking around trying to decide what I want to drink.

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