Beer and Baseball Stadiums – NL Central Edition

by Josh Mantel
Beer and Baseball Stadiums-NL Central Edition

Here we are, week two of Beer and Baseball Stadiums. This week we are looking at the central part of the good ol' U. S. of A and dive into some great craft breweries in Milwaukee and St. Louis. We are in the second of this series. Below we look Beer and Baseball Stadiums - NL Central.

If you didn't check out NL East Edition of Beer and Baseball Stadiums, we went over some great breweries like DC Brau and Evil Genius Brewery in Philly.

When some of the stadiums are actually named after the beers we are in for a real treat! Anthony Rizzo and Nick Senzel are great additions to this week's list of great players and their home stadiums.

Keep in mind you might not be able to find some of these beers at the stadium (damn exclusive rights).  Before we go on our tour I want to give a shout-out to The Masked Drinker who is the knower of all when it comes to great beers.

Beer and Baseball Stadiums - NL Central

Chicago Cubs

One of the most famous stadiums in the world is Wrigley Field. With its famed ivy that covers the brick wall in the outfield, it gives hitters a great eye when picking up the ball. The core of Cubs started a youth revolution when they won the World Series in 2016. Which is funny because not even four miles is Chi-Town's Revolution Brewery. One of the great beers they are known for is their Anti-Hero India Pale Ale.

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Fantasy Outlook

The "Anti-Hero" stigma can be made for anyone that isn't a fan of the Cubs. Their loaded offense of Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, and Javier Baez makes it easy not to like the team. Last year they ranked sixth in home runs as a team. As the young core grows together, they will continue to "Own it now" and hit balls over the ivy-covered walls in Wrigley.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Black and gold are synonymous with the city of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Brewing company is no different.  The brewery has been open since 1861, which is actually older than the Pirates. Their well known I.C. Light is a light lager is wrapped in the Pittsburgh black and gold. Sadly, it doesn't look like the have I.C. Light at P.N.C. Park.

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Fantasy Outlook

Really, the only player on the field that is worth your time is Josh Bell. Having a shallow right field at 320 feet it makes it an opportunistic place for left-handed hitters. I.C. Light is the name of the beer, but it also describes the "light" hitting Pirates' lineup, as they ranked 27th in home runs. In fact, the video I found of the most memorable home run at P. N. C. Park came off the bat of division rival Kyle Schwarber.

Milwaukee Brewers

Miller Park was the first of three stadiums to be named after a beer distributor. The Masked Drinker and I figured it would be too easy to have Miller Light as the beer so we went with the "Fixed Gear" from Lakefront Brewery.

The Fixed Gear American Red IPA is similar to Brewers in that it packs a punch with a 6.8% ABV. This beer hits you hard just like Christian Yelich hits the ball out of Miller Park. With a name like the Brewers, you expect that the team would provide fans with an assortment of beers to choose from. Fortunately, you can grab the Fixed Gear at the park. Once you have had two of them you will be dizzier than Bernie going down the slide.

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Another fun fact about Miller Park is that it is one of the few stadiums that boasts a stadium exclusive beer. Brewed by Jacob Leinenkugel, it is called aptly named after the Brewers mascot, Bernie Barrelman Ale.

Fantasy Outlook

Even though the dimensions seem to make you believe that Miller Park is actually a pitchers park (344-400-345) it actually produced the most runs per nine innings in the majors last year. A big reason for this is the balanced lineup that the Brew Crew had throughout the season. Along with Yelich, you have Keston Hiura, Ryan Braun, Lorenzo Cain, and newcomer Justin Smoak.

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St. Louis Cardinals

We now move onto the second of the three stadiums named after beers, Busch Stadium. Located right off the west side of the Mississippi River, this stadium is the home of the biggest beer manufacturer in the world.

However, we have not gathered here today to talk about the obvious. We are gathered here to The Saint Louis Brewery and their unfiltered Hefeweizen. This light beer is actually brewed with American winter wheat and gives it that sweet Saint Louis feel. It doesn't look like you can grab this beer at the stadium so you will just have to choose from the many other selections that Busch Stadium has.
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Fantasy Outlook

No wonder Marcel Ozuna got out of St. Louis. Last year Busch Stadium ranked 27th in home runs per nine innings. With little thump in the lineup and only two players from last year's team who hit over, 20 home runs (Paul Goldschmidt and Paul DeJong) expect Busch Stadium to continue being a pitcher-friendly patio.

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Cincinnati Reds

The final stop in the NL Central leads us to the Great American Ballpark. One of the cool things about this ballpark is the big riverboat paddlewheel and two smokestacks that are in the centerfield.

Not super far away is one of the best breweries in the city of Cincinnati, Rhinegeist Brewery (well that's what Trip Advisor says). They are known for their fruity Rosè Ale called Bubbles. I mean seriously, what a name for a beer. Nothing screams 'Merica these days like a nice Rosè Ale.

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Fantasy Outlook

With a ton of new pieces in Cincy, this season could be ideal for them to be a good team. It will be hard for them to compete in a loaded in NL Central. With Nick Senzel hopefully finding a place to play on the diamond, they will be able to have Rosè all day in Cincinnati once the season starts!

Next, we head out west and get to explore one of the top beer capitals of the U.S in Colorado. If you like any of the beers mentioned in this article or if you think there is a different beer that we should have mentioned tweet at me! My twitter handle is @MantelJosh. If you think there are any beers we should mention in an upcoming stadium comment down below.

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