Beer Fests of the Month

Take Me Out to the Beer Game

Published June 17th, 2014

Seldom will you find someone at a baseball game without a beer in their hand. The two are such a natural pairing that it’d be hard to imagine nine innings without a few cold ones under your belt. And come summertime, it’s a bit of a rite of passage to travel from coast to coast - alone or with friends - as you visit ballparks across America. But what if you could visit these parks, enjoy the finest craft beer, and not have to sit through nine innings? What if you could enjoy these baseball parks on a whole new level? What if you didn’t have to shell out 10 bucks a pop for America's Favorite Drink? It’s possible, and we’re here to make it happen for you.

As American as apple pie, baseball is our national pastime, rivaled only by craft beer drinking. Now you can truly enjoy the best of both worlds, thanks to the top beer fests in the country, housed right inside a baseball park near you. This summer, as you line up your to-do list, consider visiting some of the country’s historic and/or state of the art baseball parks. Not for the game, but for the beer. 

So get your scorecard ready. Here's our list of best summer beer festivals hosted at ballparks:

Bacon and Beer Bash Classic - Citi Field, July 26, Queens, NY

On the other side of NY - In a little place known as Queens, exists the iconic Bacon and Beer Classic, held at Citi Field - home of the NY Mets. Actually, the Bacon and Beer Classic likes to hop around the entire country, visiting Major League Baseball stadiums near and far. The Bacon and Beer Classic lives up to its name - attendees will have a seemingly endless supply of bacon and beer to savor, on Saturday, July 26, either from 12 - 3 p.m., or 7 - 10 p.m. Tickets are $59, or $129 for VIPs (where you get in an hour early and have access to dugouts and warning track. luxury lounge and more). Designated drivers pay $39.

Summer Beer Dabbler - Midway Stadium, Sept. 6, St. Paul, MN

Bid farewell to Midway Stadium with style - Midway Stadium is located in Minnesota, and is aptly named, as it’s roughly midway between the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The 6th annual Summer Beer Dabbler is heading to Midway Stadium this year, and for good reason. After this baseball season, the stadium is closing down! The Summer Beer Dabbler takes place on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 5 - 9 p.m., and features craft beer samples, food, and live music. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 the day of the event, and designated drivers enter for $10. 

BrewFest at the Ballpark - FirstEnergy Park, June 28, Lakewood, NJ

The Jersey Shore - done right - The Jersey Shore got a bad rap after the “reality” show that used its name for a title. But the Lakewood BlueClaws aim to claim back their patch of coastline with the 2nd annual BrewFest at the Ballpark, held on June 28, at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood. The first session takes place from noon to 4p.m., followed by a separate 6 to 10p.m. session. Both sessions will feature beer sampling, food, and local music. Beers include Jersey’s Cricket Hill, Erie Brewing, Bleu Point Brewing and international beers as well. Tickets are $30 in advance, or $35 the day of the event, with designated drivers paying $10 along with free soda all day.

Harbor Brew Fest - Harbor Yard, Sept. 20, Bridgeport, CT

Beer and a Harbor - For the second year in a row, Connecticut will be home to the Harbor Brew Fest, held at the Ball Park at Harbor Yard (home to the Bridgeport Bluefish) on Saturday, Sept. 20, from noon to 5 p.m.The $40 advanced ticket (or $50 at the door) will earn you beer tastings, a beer glass, local music and food. For $60 (a Brewer’s Special), you’ll also get samples of reserve and speciality brewers an hour before admission. 

Ballpark Brew Bash - Coca-Coca Field, Sept. 20, Buffalo, NY

End Summer in Western NY - If CT is not your thing, and you’re looking for something a bit more Western New York, well, you’re in luck. Also on Sept. 20 (from 4 to 8 p.m.), the Ballpark Brew Bash comes to Coca-Cola Field in Downtown Buffalo. More than 50 breweries from across the globe will serve up their finest elixirs. Tickets are $35 for general admission ($45 the day of the event), and $75 for VIPs. VIPs will enjoy special beers, food, desserts and more. Designated drivers pay a $5 donation to get into the event.

Raley Field Brewfest - Raley Field, June 20, Sacramento, CA

Bring your A’s game to Raley - Raley Field is home to the Oakland A’s Triple-A Affiliate, the Sacramento River Cats. But, it’s also home to the 8th annual Raley Field Brewfest, on Friday, June 20, from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance, $45 the day of, and $50 for the Rare Beer Tent Ticket (limited to just 200 guests). Dozens of brewers will be in attendance, including North Coast Brewery, Dust Bowl Brewing Company, Bike Dog Brewing Company and many more. 

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