Some would argue that baseball wouldn’t be baseball without a cold beer. It’s in the stands, the clubhouse, the parking lots and with the people watching at home. Because let’s face it, beer makes baseball better! But how well do you know the connection between these two American pastimes? Check these facts below to see if you learn something new about beer and baseball!
Beer and Baseball
- The Major League Baseball’s first All Star Game was played in 1933, the same year the 18th Amendment (prohibition) was repealed. That’s no coincidence!
- The St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers, and the Colorado Rockies all have stadiums named after a commercial brewer.
- Once upon a time the Milwaukee Brewers mascot “Bernie Brewer” would slide down from his perch into a beer stein following each Brewers home run and victory.
- In 1974, the Cleveland Indians hosted a now-infamous 10-Cent Beer Night promotion resulting in a ninth inning suspension of play due to the crowd’s growing inebriation and subsequent ninth inning riot.
- In 1979, Budweiser became the Official Beer of Major League Baseball.
- Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, has been home to The Sandlot Brewery since since 1995.
- 81% of regular drinkers consume beer during baseball games.
- Minor league team the Hillsboro Hops, located in the heart of Oregon’s craft brew country, features a hop plant mascot named Barley.
- Red Sox fans call Fenway Park the “Biggest Bar in Boston”.
- 30 local breweries occupy tap handles inside the San Diego Padres Petco park.
- While it’s not technically on stadium grounds, Pyramid Brewing Company sits across the street from the home of the Seattle Mariners.
- Mikkeller NYC recently opened a 20-barrel brewery and taproom located right outside of right field at Citi Field with 60 taps for New York Mets fans.
- The Atlanta Braves host a brewery in their new stadium. The ATL Brew Lab, hosted by Athens, Georgia’s Terrapin Brewing is open year-round and their five-barrel experimental brewhouse serves as a gateway for Braves fan to enter through the brewery, grab a beer and head into the game.
Let us know your favorite way to enjoy two of America’s greatest pastimes, beer and baseball!