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The 10 Best NFL Stadiums for Beer Drinkers

Can you smell what’s in the air? It’s the smell of changing seasons. It’s the salivating smell of searing meat. It’s the time for pumpkin brews. And, with the new season, comes one of the greatest American pastimes. Football.

With the football season officially underway, there’s nothing better than chowing down and throwing back a couple, or several, cold ones while cheering on your team, of checking your fantasy stats. Unfortunately, if you’re heading out to a stadium to catch a game in the flesh, you might be disappointed. While every stadium in the NFL serves brew, most of the stadiums are pretty average. But, if you’re looking for a great beer experience while at a football game, then you need to check out the following ten stadiums.

10. Soldier Field (Chicago Bears)

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Chicago is a great beer town, so it’s not surprising that Soldier Field, which hosts the American Beer Classic, should be included in this list. Some of the offerings are the average Miller to the excellent Goose Island Honker’s Ale.

9. M&T Stadium (Baltimore Ravens)

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The Ravens are proud to showcase Maryland’s own Flying Fish, along with the usual suspects from Miller, Budweiser, Michelob and Coors, Heineken, Amstel and Yuengling, Sam Adams and Corona.

8. Candlestick Park (San Francisco 49ers)

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Located in an area with a couple of craft breweries, it’s not shocking that Candlestick Park would sell selections from a number of micro-brews, such as Anchor Steam and Fat Tire. We expect that trend to continue, and hope it only gets better, when the Niners move to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

7. Lambeau Field (Green Bay Packers)

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Obviously Lambeau Field would be home to a wide selection of Wisconsin-brewed Leinenkugel (“Leinies” for the cool kids). If you’re thirsty for a craft beer, there’s Johnny “Blood” Red and Railyard Ale from Green Bay-based Titletown Brewing Company, and selections from New Glarus Brewing Co., Samuel Adams, and Curly’s Special Ale.

6. FedEx Field (Washington Redskins)

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Besides the 26 different bottles floating around the stadium, there’s also 24 draft beers on tap. And, there’s even a 175-seat glass-enclosed brew house. Nicely done, Washington.

5. Bank of America Stadium (Carolina Panthers)

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The Panthers happen to be pretty close to Asheville, N.C., an American craft beer hot spot, so why wouldn’t there be some amazing offerings at Bank of America Stadium? Craft beers from Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Skull Coast, Foothills Brewing, LoneRider Brewery, SweetWater Brewery, NoDa Brewing Company, Big Boss Brewing, and New Belgium Brewing Company make this one of the best NFL stadiums for beer lovers.

4. Heinz Field (Pittsburgh Steelers)

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After getting fueled up with a sandwich from Primanti Brothers, get your drink on with a great selection of local, and not so-local, brews from Penn Pilsner, Iron City, Church Brew Works, Harpoon, Anchor Steam, and Great Lakes Brewing.

3. Reliant Stadium (Houston Texans)

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Give it up for Houston. They built a stadium with beer guzzlers in mind. While there’s standard selections from Corona and Blue Moon, Reliant Stadium also features local favorites like Karbach Brewing Co., Shiner Bock, Southern Star Brewing Co., St. Arnold Brewing Company, as well as, selections from Fat Tire and Pyramid.

2. Ford Field (Detroit Lions)

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Detroit might be in some financial problems, but at least the area makes some fantastic beers for locals to drink away the blues. Ford Field offers up some of the best from Michigan breweries like Bell’s Brewery, New Holland Brewing Co., Founder’s Brewing Co., Atwater, Liberty Ales, and Short’s Brewing Co.

1. CenturyLink Field (Seattle Seahawks)

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Being located in the Northwest, a region known for stellar beer selection, it’s not a hard decision to put CenturyLink Field at the top of this list. Seahawks fans can throw back a selection of international beers, along with brews from local favorites like Pyramid and Red Hook. All in all, the stadium serves more than 30 different beers throughout.

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