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Enjoy America’s Pastime at the 10 Best Stadiums for Craft Beer

Back in March, it was reported that craft breweries saw an impressive surge in sales in 2012. While the big breweries, like Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors, were obviously noticing the increase, so was Major League Baseball.

Go to any baseball game and you’re likely to notice that the stadiums are now offering a wide variety of quality beers. While a number of teams have gotten the memo, the Yankees failed miserably.

When the 2013 season got underway at Yankee Stadium on April 1, fans were treated to a brand-new stand called the “Craft Beer Destination,” which featured Blue Moon, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, Crispin Cider, and Batch 19. While these brews are an upgrade, they’re not craft beers. Every single offering are produced by MillerCoors. Needless to say, when the news got out, the Yanks had no choice but to rename the stand to the “Beer Mixology Destination.”

While the Yankees got busted trying to pull a fast one on beer consumers, there are still plenty of stadiums that offer actual craft beers. It was a difficult task, but here are our top ten baseball stadiums to enjoy a craft beer.

10. Coors Field, Colorado Rockies

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Don’t let the corporate-sponsored stadium name fool you. Coors Field, which features all of the typical Coors and Bud products, also offers up plenty of alternative craft choices. These include Colorado breweries like Oskar Blues, New Belgium and Boulder Beer Co. The stadium also houses the SandLot Brewery, where Blue Moon was invented. Even though that too is owned by MillerCoors, it’s still pretty neat to have in a baseball stadium.

9. Target Field, Minnesota Twins

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The home of the Twins opened in 2010, and it has already gained a reputation as one of the best stadiums for craft beer. Some of the local offerings at Target Field include Surly, Fulton, Summit, Finnegans and Schells. In fact, Bandwagoon from Surley Brewing Company is exclusive to the stadium.

8. Comerica Park, Detroit Tigers

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After replacing the historic Tiger Stadium in 2000, Comerica Park in Detroit built a name for itself by having at least seven different Michigan craft beers on tap, like Bell’s, Founders and New Holland. The stadium also offers selections from Atwater and Magic Hat.

7. Miller Park, Milwaukee Brewers

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While this is the second stadium sponsored by MillerCoors, the home of The Brewers has plenty of delicious craft beer selections. Miller Park offers Wisconsin favorites like Horny Goat Beer, Hacker Pschor, Lakefront, Capital, Sprecher, Milwaukee Brewing Company and New Glarus.

6. Camden Yards, Baltimore Orioles

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In 1992, Oriole Park at Camden Yards became the first of the “retro” baseball stadiums that have been popping up around the country. The highly praised stadium is also known for having a nice selection of craft brews on hand. The stadium has selections from area breweries such as Heavy Seas, Dogfish Head, Evolution Craft Brewing Company, Flying Dog, Fordham Brewing Company, and Old Dominion Brewing.

5. PNC Park, Pittsburgh Pirates

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Since opening in 2001, PNC Park has easily become one of the best stadiums for beer lovers. The stadium offers Dogfish Head, Erie Brewing Company, Samuel Adams, Yuengling, 21st Amendment, East End, Troegs, Victory, Brooklyn, Flying Dog, Magic Hat, and Church Brew Works. Best of all, PNC Park also has a Beer Passport, which allows fans inside the park 90 minutes early so that they can sample some of the craft brews that were mentioned.

4. Safeco Field, Seattle Mariners

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The home of the Mariners has an excellent selection of rotating beers. Some of the breweries that fans have to chose from are Lazy Boy Brewing, Dick’s Brewing Company, Elysian, Deschutes, Skagit River Brewery, Firestone Walker, Lagunitas, Alaskan, Mac & Jacks and Boulevard.

3. PETCO Park, San Diego Padres

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The Padres may have had some disappointing seasons recently, but at least fans can drown their blues in some of the best breweries in SoCal. These include options from great breweries like Stone Brewing Co., Green Flash, Karl Strauss, Sierra Nevada, and Ballast Point.

2. Citizen’s Bank Park, Philadelphia Phillies

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In 2004, Citizen’s Bank Park replaced the legendary, and sometimes infamous, Veterans Stadium. Ever since, CBP has become one of the top stadiums for craft beers. Some of the options that the stadium offers are from breweries like Dogfish Head, Sly Fox, Troegs, Victory, Anchor, Sierra Nevada, Red Hook, Yards, Samuel Adams, Yuengling, and Otter Creek.

1. AT&T Park, San Francisco Giants

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Obviously, San Fran would have a ballpark containing some of the finest craft beers from across the country. Lost Abbey, Highwater Brewing, Victory, Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, Russian River, North Coast, Allagash, Avery, Blind Pig, Alesmith, 21st Amendment, Green Flash, and Jolly Pumpkin are all available. Craft beer has proven so popular in northern California that AT&T Park holds an annual BrewFest at the home of the Giants.

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