The Best Beer Near Every NFL Football Stadium
Because football and beer go together like hot dogs and baseball.
Written by Grace Weitz
Photography by Steelers
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From arm-pumping first downs to excessively celebrated touchdowns, football season offers audibles and option plays all Sunday (and Thursday and Monday) long. One decision you shouldn’t have to officially review: the best place to drink on the way to or from the field. To make your game day easier we’ve found the craftiest, quirkiest and one-of-a-kind pubs, alehouses, taverns and bottle shops around all 31 NFL stadiums in the country.
Whether you need a growler of the crispest, brightest session IPA for your team tailgate or simply want to celebrate that last minute field goal, here are the “ale” mary taprooms and craft beer bars that will have you cheering and cheersing all the way to Super Bowl LII.
1. Arizona Cardinals
Touchdown: Freak’N Brewing Company
9299 W Olive Ave #513, Peoria, AZ 85345 | 7 minute drive
Before the game even begins, get the momentum moving with a stop at Freak’N Brewing Company. Although tiny, the three and half year old brewery and production facility understands Cardinals fans tailgating needs. “We are a small taproom, so we really want people to not only come in and have a beer, but also to take our beer home with them or take it to the tailgate before the game,” says Operation Manager and Owner Renee Hausman. With that in mind Freak’N offers special $10 64oz growlers fills on home game weekends. Stop in, say hello, nab 64oz of Freak’N Raspberry Wheat — which Hausman calls perfect and refreshing for the 90 degree weather — and elevate your Cardinal tailgate.
First Down: Four Peaks Big Red Brew Haus
1 Cardinals Dr, Glendale, AZ 85305 | Inside
You can also simply head to University of Phoenix Stadium early. Four Peaks Big Red Brew Haus opens inside the arena 3.25 hours before every home game, featuring a variety of craft beer selections and full pregame coverage.
2. Atlanta Falcons
Touchdown: 5 Seasons Brewing
1000 Marietta St, NW Atlanta, GA 30318 | 15 minute drive
In order to come back from a devastating Super Bowl collapse and mount their own Cinderella story, the Falcons need to relax. Only a 15 minute drive from Mercedes-Benz Stadium, 5 Seasons Brewing offers the right medicine. The Take It Easy Berliner Weiss – a light, slightly tart wheat beer – will help ease those frayed Falcon nerves.
First Down: Torched Hop Brewing Company
249 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 | 15 minute drive
Atlanta’s newest brewpub, Torched Hop Brewing Company, includes 20 rotating taps full of house favorites such as the Haze Craze IPA. For an avant garde option, shake things up with their Blueberry Milkshake IPA or keep the Falcon spirit top of mind with the Georgia On My Mind Foreign Extra Stout with coffee and cocoa nibs.
Second Down: Der Biergarten
300 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313 | 15 minute walk/subway
Second Down: For a German spin on your futbol Sunday, experiment with an authentic European-only and German-leaning beer selection at Der Biergarten. One of the city’s only beer gardens makes for a picture perfect place to hoist a stein to Matt Ryan. Complement a textbook malty, caramely Warsteiner, Premium Dunkel with a tray full of giant warm pretzels, three kinds of mustard and obatzda (cheese spread).
3. Baltimore Ravens
Touchdown: Brewer’s Cask
1236 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21230 | 5 min drive, 15 min walk
Calling themselves, “Federal Hill’s favorite craft beer bar,” Brewer’s Cask should be a no-brainer stop on the way home from the game. Only a 15 minute walk from M&T Bank Stadium, the bar features 20 rotating draft lines covering the expanse of craft beer from local Oliver Brewing Co’s 3 Lions Strong Ale to a Beyond the Realm of Light Imperial IPA.
Keep one eye open for two taprooms in the works. Both Suspended Brewing Company and Checkerspot Brewing Company are a hop, skip, and a jump away from M&T Bank Stadium. Fall 2017 and early 2018 opening dates, respectively.
First Down: Pub Dog Pizza and Drafthouse
20 East Cross St. Baltimore, MD 21230 | 5 min drive, 11 min walk
It’s impossible to bark up the wrong tree at Pub Dog Pizza and Drafthouse. Bred for drinking, Maryland’s favorite haunt for pizza and beer brews 11 of their own pawsitively pleasant dog-themed beers such as White Dog zesty orange wheat beer and Black Dog Irish stout. Tip back a standard pint or get your tail wagging with a “mixed breed,” a combination of two classic draft beers in the same glass. Or snag their Dog Deal – two glasses of the same beer at the same time for only $4.50.
Second Down: Alewife Baltimore
21 N Eutaw St, Baltimore, MD 21201 | 5 min drive, 20 min walk
With 11 taps dedicated to local breweries, Alewife Baltimore compliments their craft beer compendium with kick-ass food. Neighborhood oddities include Key Brewing One for the Thumb mango & guava milkshake IPA and Key/Charm City Francis Scott Bee sour ale with cherry and orange flower honey. Or, keep it classic with a Flying Dog Lemon Drop Imperial IPA.
4. Buffalo Bills
Touchdown: Rusty Nickel Brewing Co.
4350 Seneca St, West Seneca, NY 14224 | 15 min drive
For a town of only 250,000, Buffalo has an impressive list of local breweries. Unfortunately, all the options are fairly far from the stadium. Drive over to Rusty Nickel Brewing Co., whose aptly named “Preseason Juicy IPA: ‘Cautiously Optimistic’” sums up Bills fans’ tempered spirits for 2017. A small batch brewery with industrial rustic decor, Rusty Nickel combines the historical significance of the Nickel City with the Rust Belt’s recent craft renaissance. Give a hopeful gulp to the Bills with the aforementioned Preseason ale.
Southern Tier’s motto, “Start a brewery in Western New York? Why the hell not?” has led to the creation of one of the largest craft brewers in the country. To celebrate its state, Southern Tier partnered with Pegula Sports and Entertainment to make a beer devoted solely to Buffalo. A true Buffalo Bills fan can guzzle One Buffalo Blonde Ale (or two) from the comfort of New Era Field for a beer that boasts Buffalo pride inside and out.
First Down: Resurgence Brewing Co.
1250 Niagara St, Buffalo, NY 14213 | 25 min drive
Travel back to a time when the Buffalo Bills won games with the Mash Tun Time Machine at Resurgence Brewing Co. With the longest active playoff drought in any major professional sport, the Buffalo Bills haven’t qualified for the NFL playoffs since 1999, making them the only team absent from postseason play in the 21st century.
Second Down: Flying Bison Brewery
840 Seneca St, Buffalo, NY 14210 | 18 min drive
For a direct nod to the hometown heroes try Flying Bison Brewery for a Buffalo IPA or Lager. One of the longest standing breweries in Buffalo, Flying Bison made a name for themselves on the wings of the Bills and will continue to be a stalwart watering hole in Western New York.
5. Carolina Panthers
Touchdown: Craft Growler Shop and Tasting Room
1320 S Church St, Suite #100, Charlotte, NC 28203 | 10 min walk
The mecca for craft beer in Charlotte, Craft Tasting Room and Growler Shop calls all the right drinking audibles. An actual tailgating haven, Craft opens up their parking lot early for football festivities. “When I got to the taproom at 9:00 AM last Sunday, the parking lot was already full,” said Craft Tasting Room manager, Julio Bonilla. Panthers fans come to not only grill near Bank of America Stadium, but also to take advantage of Craft’s gameday special: 15 percent off all growlers and bottles. Post-Panther celebrations also keep spirits high: “It doesn’t matter if we win or lose,” said Bonilla, “after the game, it’s always packed in here.” Fill up a 32oz or 64oz growler from one of 36 constantly changing taps. Devotedly local, you can’t go wrong with any choice, but if they have it, we suggest the Hornet’s Nest Hefeweizen from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. Hornet’s Nest, the nickname given to Charlotte by General Cornwallis, represents the furious resistance the English general faced in the city during the Revolutionary War. We imagine any team walking into the Panther’s den on Sunday faces a similar fury.
First Down: Wooden Robot Brewery
1440 S Tryon St #110, Charlotte, NC 28203 | 15 min walk
Take a post-game stroll from Bank of America Stadium to Wooden Robot Brewery, a tap room focused on the intersection of beer and science. A sip of the Overachiever Pale Ale pays homage to Cam Newton, the franchise quarterback who holds records for most team passing yards (22,171), attempts (2,985), completions (1,744), and TDs (138). Or be an overachiever yourself and order two post-game pints.
Second Down: The Unknown Brewing Co.
1327 S Mint St, Charlotte, NC 28203 | 8 min walk
Nameless doesn’t mean beerless: The Unknown Brewing Co. embraces the adventure of the unknown. “We are more than just a name,” Unknown writes on their website. “A name does not mean you make good beer, and good beer does not have to have a name.” Drinking post-game calls for Unknown’s 4.5 percent ABV Pre Game Session Ale, or take things Over the Edge with the eponymous American IPA. After all, it’s gameday – traditional drinking rules need not apply.
6. Chicago Bears
2515 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60616 | 3 min drive, 20 min public
The cacophony of calls for rookie quarterback, Mitch Trubisky, to replace the woeful Mike Glennon finally reached a crescendo several weeks ago. Frustratingly, the Bears have still struggled even with Trubisky at the helm. After 48 minutes of yelling obscenities, your voice will need a soother. Find reprieve a mile and a half from Soldier Field at Baderbräu, a boisterous, communal German-style pub. Baderbrau’s best asset? “We make crushable beer that football fans who otherwise think they don’t like craft beer will actually enjoy,” says founder Rob Sama. With a bounty of flavorful, sessionable lager and wheat beers, the taproom caters to both families and fans. Sawa suggests going for waffles and weiss on Sunday, when you can order the pub’s signature mac and cheese waffle for $5 and a lighter Veloci-Radler or Berliner Weiss for only $3.
First Down: Vice District Brewing
1454 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605 | 6 min drive, 20 min public/walk
You probably bonded with someone at the game today, so take your newfound friend to your friendly neighborhood taproom, Vice District Brewing, where you can celebrate or grieve with a Pleasure Trip Blonde Ale. Hopefully, you’ll be so pleased with the refreshingly light body and crisp finish that you’ll forget that profanity you were about to shout at Coach Fox.
Second Down: First Draft
649 S Clark St, Chicago, IL 60605 | 10 min drive, 20 min public, 25 in walk
Built on the fortitude of a 64 line draft system, First Draft actually offers over 100 different craft beers. With such a large selection, how can you choose just one? To help pare down the limitless libations, start with a local Off Color Brewing Bare Bear. After all, you are a Chicago Bears fan, so start thinking about tightening your sweater buttons for Soldier Field and bearing down for the season. This Finnish-style beer – traditionally brewed in a sauna – will keep you warm through the Bear’s hibernation with a bill chock full of rye, juniper and spicy yeast esters.
7. Cincinnati Bengals
Touchdown: Taft’s Ale House
1429 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 | 7 min drive, 18 min public, 30 min walk
The bigger you dream, the better at Taft’s Ale House, where all your wildest beer-soaked dreams come true in 49,000 square feet of what Taft’s calls, “high-quality sud-soaked wizardry.” Hoist a pint of Skronk Juice, an ode to an experimental and deliberately discordant genre of music that’ll strike a chord with the equally dysfunctional and offensive Bengals offense. Or, in true Bengals form, pounce on the Snake in the Grass Blonde Ale. Events Coordinator Marissa Miller suggests ordering the Breakfast Burrito from their Brewhouse Brunch Menu: “It’s awesome for your hangover, but also great to eat before the game and a full day of drinking.”
First Down: Braxton Brewing Company
27 W 7th St, Covington, KY 41011 | 7 min drive, 20 min public, 30 min walk
Do you smell smoke? There’s more on fire at Bengals HQ than just Andy Dalton’s beautifully coiffed ginger hair. Braxton Brewing Company’s tap list is full of beers that ironically seem geared directly towards firing up the Bengals. For instance, Andy Dalton could try the Jumpstart Brown Ale with BBA Coffee to revive his awful 9.6 QBR through the first two weeks of the season. Similarly, the new offensive coordinator replacing fired Ken Zampese should drink a pint of Ignitor Maibock before play calling for a Bengals offense that didn’t score a TD until Week 3. Lastly, head coach Marvin Lewis might want to ask the bartender for a Revamp IPA.
Second Down: Moerlein Lager House
115 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202 | 2 min drive, 7 min walk
Smack dab in the middle of Smale Riverfront Park, the Moerlein Lager House pours a mixture of house beers from their own Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. (a mere eight minute drive from Paul Brown Stadium itself). Cincinnati blood runs deep at this 36-year-old institution, so start with a Christian Moerlein/FC Cincinnati Blood Orange IPA or sip a Christian Moerlein Cats Eye Rye IPA.
8. Cleveland Browns
Touchdown: Collision Bend Brewing Co.
1250 Old River Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113 | 4 min drive, 15 min walk
Barrel into Collision Bend Brewing Co. for crisp, bright beers from a former brewmaster of Great Lakes Brewing Company. Luke Purcell opened Collision Bend Brewing Co. last April and for his first Browns season in the Flats – a mixed industrial and residential area of Cleveland that has seen a recent revival – he’s been blown away by the Browns mania. “Driving through [the Flats] on that first Sunday of the NFL season, I was surprised to see all the tailgaters in the area. It’s eye opening to see this dead space in town…making a big comeback.” With such a swell in the neighborhood, Purcell even moved the opening hours of his taproom to noon on Sunday to accommodate football fans. At Purcell’s suggestion, try the uber popular Lake Erie Sunset blood orange American wheat.
First Down: Butcher and the Brewer
2043 E 4th St, Cleveland, OH 44115 | 8 min drive, 20 min walk
“Calling all hop hogs,” writes locally-owned and operated Butcher and the Brewer. Splitting time between quality meat and well-brewed beer, Butcher and the Brewer’s on-site brewery churns out a range of classic and contemporary beers while the culinary teams includes an in-house butcher and charcuterie program.
Second Down: Gillespie’s Map Room
1281 W 9th St, Cleveland, OH 44113 | 3 min drive, 13 min walk
A no-frills neighborhood institution, Gillespie’s Map Room keeps drinking simple. While not the largest draft list, you’ll still find local gems like Fat Head’s Bumbleberry IPA or Great Lakes Dortmunder dotting the menu. Stroll in here on Sunday for a casual, laid-back and friendly time at the bar.
9. Dallas Cowboys
Touchdown: Legal Draft Beer Co.
500 E Division St, Arlington, TX 76011 | 4 min drive
All rise. Cowboy Court is in session. Arlington’s first production brewery, Legal Draft Beer Co., sits “exactly one mile door to door from Jerryworld,” says co-founder (aka Chief Justice), Greg McCarthy. The tasting room’s prime location and game day amenities mean you might not ever want to leave. McCarthy breaks it down best: “You can load up your car with a grill, ice chest, bag toss game, big screen tv and portable dish and pay $80 just for a space to tailgate and $40 for parking at Jerryworld… or shoot you can come to our place where parking is free, beer is $5 a pint, food trucks will give you a brat for $8 to $10 and you can watch the game on five big screen TVs.” Follow the brewery’s motto, “You have the right to drink great beer,” and imbibe a jury’s worth of beers tended by the hands of a German-trained brewmaster with 40 years of experience. The other half of Legal Draft’s duo, co-founder (aka Chief Tasting Officer) Curt Taylor, refers to all of their beers as extremely drinkable. Light beer drinking folks won’t be found guilty here for ordering the popular and approachable Legal Blonde Lager, while those who need something more robust know to ask for the SMASH & Grab IPA. The single malt, single hop, double dry-hopped Citra ale is so smooth that, “Even my Miller and Coors Light drinking friends like to crush it,” says McCarthy. Attracting both Cowboy aficionados and visiting team brass, the 2,000 square foot industrial taproom often has Cowboy clad regulars sitting across from Pittsburgh or Philly out-of-towners. According to both founders, the mood stays light and congenial. The verdict: “It’s the scene you like to see,” says McCarthy. “Everyone united over beer.”
First Down: Division Brewing
506 E Main St, Arlington, TX 76010 | 6 min drive
Arlington’s first locally-owned brewery, Division Brewing, welcomes all styles of beer to its tap list, from blondes and wheats to hoppy India pale ales and malty ambers. A “Sour Division” even highlights zippy sour beers. With something for everyone, Division Brewery seems about as crowd pleasing as America’s favorite team.
Second Down: On Tap
200 N Mesquite St #105, Arlington, TX 76011 | 4 min drive
Local parlance says, “Everything is bigger in Texas.” That’s certainly true at On Tap, a unique Arlington watering hole where all tapped beverages are welcomed. With 50 draft lines of craft beer, cider, mead, root beer and cold brew coffee, enjoy a pint or beer flight on site. If you’re heading home, bring down the hammer with a growler of Legal Draft Accused Amber or snag 64oz of Dallas-based Pegasus City Texican Schwarzbier.
10. Denver Broncos
Touchdown: Briar Common Brewery + Eatery
2298 Clay St, Denver, CO 80211 | 2 min drive, 9 min walk
Keep your drinking and eating classy at Briar Common Brewery + Eatery. Powered by Certified Cicerone and BJCP judge, Greg Dawson – who brewed his first batch on a stove-top in his small Korean apartment in Seoul, South Korea – Briar Common features classic American and Belgian-style beers paired with globally-inspired eats. This gastropub puts the emphasis on their 10 housemade beers, as well as their eclectic game-day menu. Order the Bacon Mac and Beer Cheese made with the rich, malty Lanham Belgian Dubbel, then pair the pasta with the $4.50 house Briar American Pale Ale. In the words of co-founder Kent Dawson, the beer “has a nice orangish Broncos hue that goes down easy, so you can enjoy a couple of them throughout the game without getting hit too hard.” Lastly, station yourself on the rooftop patio with views of the stadium to watch the jets fly over to Sports Authority Field.
First Down: Little Machine Beer
2924 W 20th Ave, Denver, CO 80211 | 2 min drive, 8 min walk
Division and tension have reared its ugly head in Denver like a spooked Bronco. From scuffles in the locker room to skirmishes between the all-star defense and sputtering offense, the 2015 Championship team brought in rookie head coach, Vance Joseph and his ethos of collaboration. With that in mind, visit Little Machine Beer to help fuel yourself and oil the gears of a potentially rusty team. Douse your liver with a Dream Team California Common in hopes that the disparate defense and offense can stop brandishing their prideful swords and unite to play like the dream team General Manager John Elway has crafted over the past six seasons.
Second Down: Strange Craft Beer Company
1330 Zuni St, Unit M, Denver, CO 80204 | 3 min drive, 13 min walk
In a town teeming with breweries, Strange Craft Beer Company separates from the pack with a unique approach to brewing. Owner Tim Myers’ microbrewery allows him to focus on experimenting, tweaking, and refining his recipes one barrel at a time. We recommend trying the 1000 Barrels Imperial, made with over three pounds of Simcoe, Amarillo and Summit hops per barrel, or the Dr. Strangelove Barleywine for a 12 percent nap-inducing, award-winning, hoppy, malty megadrink.
11. Detroit Lions
Touchdown: Atwater Brewery
237 Joseph Campau Ave, Detroit, MI 48207 | 8 min drive
Situated in Detroit’s historic Rivertown district, Atwater Brewery lets you soak up some history while you soak in the suds. Best known for their lager, a representation of the storied Stroh’s Brewing Company Bohemian-style lager made famous in the mid 1800’s, Atwater stays true to the German style. Support Ziggy Ansah’s D-Line quest to break the single season sack record with a D-Light Kolsch – last year, Ansah’s 14.5 takedowns brought him within inches of Robert Procher’s 15 hit accolade.
First Down: Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
441 W Canfield St #9, Detroit, MI 48201 | 7 min drive, 30 min walk
Feeling sour? Visit the renowned Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales Detroit taproom. Specializing in beer with French and Belgian yeasts that wildly ferment before slumbering in oak casks for months, Jolly Pumpkin beers run the gamut from electrifyingly unique to tame but deep. Try a Bam Biere to give Ziggy Ansah and the Detroit defense a smack in the rear. Bam!
Second Down: Republic
1942 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48226 | 5 min drive, 11 min walk
Let out your true Lion roar at Republic, where a focus on nose-to-tail eating meets a tightly refined, locally-proud draft list. Complement your post-game feast of Pastrami Duck Breast or Jerk Beer Short Ribs with a neighborly Bell’s Oberon or Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter. For $7, you can curate your own beer flight of three 5oz pours.
12. Green Bay Packers
Touchdown: Hinterland Brewery
1001 Lombardi Ave, Green Bay, WI 54304 | 1 min drive, 2 min walk
You’re in green and gold country when you cross into Green Bay, WI. For a true Packer fan, Hinterland Brewery’s Packerland Pilsner is a clean and classic tribute to the equally crisp throws of Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. Originally brewed to celebrate Green Bay’s Championship in 1997, this lager made a resurgence from the bench in 2014 for a bottle perfect for any tailgate.
1919 Kitchen & Tap
You don’t even have to leave Lambeau Field to eat cheese and drink great craft beer. At 1919 Kitchen & Tap, an 80 beer draft list will whet your whistle in between whistle blows. While you’ll find requisite Miller High Life and Coors Light drafts, you’ll also discover in-state gems such as Lake Louie Warped Speed Scotch Ale, Badger State Brewing Company Green Chop IPA, or Karben4 Fantasy Factory.
First Down: Badger State Brewing Company
990 Tony Canadeo Run, Green Bay, WI 54304 | 3 min drive, 20 min walk
For a pro move, join Badger State Brewing Company for a food truck tailgate before every Packer home game. Teaming up with area food trucks such as Booyah Shed, Taste of Ethiopia, Smoked to the Bone and Inferno Subs, Badger State brings tasty food and bold beer to your Sunday morning. Order a Mean Green (and yellow) Hopped Ale to sport your support for the green and gold.
Second Down: Leatherhead Brewing Co.
875 Lombardi Ave, Green Bay, WI 54304 | 2 min drive, 15 min walk
Green Bay’s newest brewery brings modern technology to a memorable game. With a state of the art Pour Your Own Beer System, Leatherhead Brewing Co. lets you tap beer at your own table or call an audible at their beer wall. The brewery could easily share its motto with The Pack: “Unfiltered beer for unfiltered people.” For a taste of true team spirit, pour one out for revered Packer quarterback Bart Starr with a Gold Starr Blonde Ale. Or, relish Aaron Rodgers’ stunning last minute say-a-prayer slings with the Hail Mary Imperial Stout. With three successful Hail Mary pitches under his helmet in the past three seasons, Rodgers’ arm must be made of gold. Packers fans should cheers to that!
13. Houston Texans
Touchdown: Baileson Brewing Co.
2322 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005 | 16 min drive
With the mantra, “Like beer? Come on by,” how can you pass up the opportunity to try the newly opened Baileson Brewing Co.? Help J.J. Watt and the Texans’ defense smash the competition with a SMASH IPA.
First Down: Under the Radar Brewery
1506 Truxillo St, Houston, TX 77004 | 13 min drive
This taproom may be small, but the beers are big and bold. Under the Radar Brewery should not stay off your radar. From a Dirty Blonde Ale and Mid Frequency IPA to a Midtown Bock and Porter Authority, this brewery came to play.
Second Down: At Hops Meet Barley
2245 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098 | 22 min drive
At Hops Meet Barley, the philosophy is simple: Beer. Spirits. Food. With over 40 craft beers on tap and a roomy beer garden, what more do you need to quench your thirst after a hot Texans game? Beers to try: 8th Wonder Brewery Hopston or Deep Ellum Brewing Deep Summer.
14. Indianapolis Colts
Touchdown: Tow Yard Brewing
501 Madison Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46225 | 2 min drive, 7 minute walk
Ponder when Andrew Luck will actually play with a Horse Power Double Pale Ale at one of Indianapolis’ premier craft breweries, Tow Yard Brewing. Within walking distance from Lucas Oil Stadium, Tow Yard’s industrial-chic space has plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, plus an on-site deli that slaps together sandwiches for the perfect post-game picnic.
First Down: Tomlinson Tap Room
222 E Market St, Indianapolis, IN 46204 | 7 min drive, 20 minute walk
Enjoy the Hoosier tradition of good times with good friends at the friendly yet elevated neighborhood pub, Tomlinson Tap Room. Featuring Indiana craft beer, Tomlinson lets you drink to your heart’s content from a range of Hoosier must-haves. Dread not that Andrew Luck has yet to suit up with a Three Floyds Dreadnaught Imperial IPA, or be surprised by a Triton Brewing Key Lime Barn Phantom Gose.
Second Down: Tappers
501 Virginia Ave #102, Indianapolis, IN 46203 | 6 min drive, 18 min walk
Keep the Sunday games going at Indianapolis’ first retro arcade bar. At Tappers, you’ll play the likes of Donkey Kong, Galaga, Frogger and NFL Blitz for free. Uncurl your fingers from a joystick and wrap them around a refueling pint of Indiana City Brewing’s Champion of the Sun hoppy wheat, or throw shade on your Mortal Kombat partner with a Three Floyds Space Station Middle Finger.
15. Jacksonville Jaguars
Touchdown: Intuition Ale Works
929 E Bay St, Jacksonville, FL 32202 | 4 min drive, 15 min walk
Essential tailgating gear: smoking grill, plethora of chips and dips, beer cans. Yes, any pro Sunday partier knows that ditching breakable glass for flexible cans is a solid move. Thankfully, Intuition Ale Works became the first Florida-based craft brewery to exclusively can all of their beer. Grab a pack at the handy walk-up window or sidewalk bar. We suggest the I-10 IPA, which Taproom Manager Riley Leuthold says, “We have a hard time making fast enough.” For a less hoppy option, Leuthold suggests the Jon Boat Coastal English Golden Ale. Light-bodied with a super crisp finish, Leuthold says Jon Boat “is a people pleaser that anyone can crack into.” Intuition’s prime location two blocks from EverBank Field makes for an easy stroll, but if you’ve had one too many Liver Kick Imperial Black IPAs, take advantage of the brewery’s partnership with a local golf cart service for a free ride right up to the arena’s front door.
First Down: Bold City Brewery Downtown
109 E. Bay St. Jacksonville, FL 32202 | 6 min drive, 30 min walk
Be bold at Bold City Brewery Downtown, where none of the beers are cowardly or weak. Just like the Jaguars – audacious and fearless – Bold City’s Killer Whale Cream Ale and Mad Manatee IPA bring out the fierceness of any Jags fan. Heading to the game? Pre-order a crowler of any of Bold City’s beers to pick up and take to the tailgate.
16. Kansas City Chiefs
Touchdown: Torn Label Brewing
1708 Campbell St, Kansas City, MO 64108 | 13 min drive
The Kansas City Chiefs came out wild and untamed this season, beating the reigning Super Bowl Championship New England Patriots in smashing fashion. The Chiefs didn’t just win – they obliterated the stalwart soldiers in a 42-27 drubbing. Celebrate the Chief’s current crown with equally bold and brazen beers at Midwestern brewed (but globally skewed) Torn Label Brewing. Striving to create beers with Midwestern values that explore creative new places, Torn Label beers like Cosmic Cowboy take a rich old ale out of this world with sweet and subtle esters. Keep the magic churning with Torn Label’s Magic Magic IPA, brewed with a surprise invasion of raspberry and lemon peel – cloudy, dank, and a touch (down) sweet.
First Down: Crane Brewing
6515 Railroad St, Raytown, MO 64133 | 10 min drive
Known for wild fermented sour beers aged in wood and steel barrels, Crane Brewing brings the exotic to Kansas City. Blaze new trails with the trailblazing Chiefs and order a Trailsmith saison, or tap into the crazy at with an Orange Gose, Apricot Weisse, or Grapefruit Gose. Only catch? You’ll have to pick up your crowler for Sunday’s tailgate from the beautifully-reclaimed-wood-worked taproom on Saturday. Crane actually avoids the Arrowhead rush by staying closed on Sundays.
17. Los Angeles Chargers
Touchdown: Phantom Carriage Brewery
18525 S Main St, Carson, CA 90248 | 10 min drive, 30 min walk
Haunted by the ghosts of San Diego past, the Chargers have faced a few challenges since bolting up Interstate 5 to Los Angeles this season. The announced attendance of 25,381 at the home opener against the Miami Dolphins fell short of the 27,000 seat-capacity at StubHub Center. Even MLS Football team Los Angeles Galaxy drew a crowd of 25,667. Tap into a little magic at Phantom Carriage Brewery, a mere two minute drive from StubHub Center. Enjoy an assorted armory of barrel-aged wild yeast and bacteria beers such as The Lugois high gravity dark wild ale aged in Zaca Mesa Syrah barrels with Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus and Pediococcus (say that five times fast!). Opt for a simpler choice with the Fog Island dry-hopped pale ale and see if a bolt of lightning can finally shine through the smog.
First Down: Smog City Brewing Co.
1901 Del Amo Blvd, Torrance, CA 90501 | 11 min drive
Speaking of smog, the eponymous Smog City Brewing Co. gives a playful nod to the consistent haze hanging over Los Angeles. If you can venture out a little farther from StubHub Center, this family-owned operation creates exceptional, well-crafted beers. To help ease the Chargers northern exposure, put back a California Love California Common.
Second Down: Monkish Brewing Co.
20311 S Western Ave, Torrance, CA 90501 | 11 min drive
With beers like Piece of Sunshine DIPA with pineapple and peach (as well as Galaxy, Centennial, and Mosaic hops) and Kiss the Sky barrel-aged tart saison with cherry, Monkish Brewing Co. has plenty of California weather-loving beers to welcome the ferocious Bolts to sunny L.A.
18. Los Angeles Rams
Touchdown: Iron Triangle Brewery
1581 Industrial St, Los Angeles, CA 90021 | 20 min drive
After sputtering last year, the Rams offense has finally charged head first down the field during the 2017 season on the arm of golden boy Jared Goff and the legs of Todd Gurley. Couple this dynamic duo with the immense coaching of Sean McVay and you have a triangle trifecta of explosive components. For a brewery equally as strong, try Iron Triangle Brewery. Guzzle the Standard Iron Triangle Gold American Pilsner to keep the gold going all season long.
First Draft Taproom & Kitchen
Keep an eye open for First Draft Taproom & Kitchen opening in fall 2017. The 4,000 square foot property allows people to pour their own drinks from a proprietary draft system. 70 taps!
First Down: Southland Beer
740 S Western Ave #112, Los Angeles, CA 90005 | 18 min drive
Spend hours with other craft beer lovers at a place proudly representing Southern California. What better place to cheer in the second year of Los Angeles Rams football than Southland Beer? Choose from 20 taps (for 20 yards of red zone turf?) and show your love for SoCal with a Smog City Brewing California Love Red Ale before ramming head first into Eagle Rock Brewery A-Stout.
19. Miami Dolphins
Touchdown: Legacy Caribbean Craft Brewery
B, 13416 NW 38th Ct, Opa-locka, FL 33054 | 15 min drive
Will this be the start of the Jay Cutler legacy in Miami? The controversial QB returned to the NFL fold after a short stint in retirement when Dolphin diamond Ryan Tannehill suffered a season-crushing knee injury. Drink to a new frontier for the Fins at Legacy Caribbean Craft Brewery. Experience the Caribbean flare with a Diaz Legacy tropical inspired Belgian Blonde made with real bananas, strawberries and peaches. You can also find American classics such as the Clubhouse Pale Ale, perfect for sipping during first downs.
First Down: To Victory Craft Beer Bar
8652 Griffin Rd, Cooper City, FL 33328 | 18 min drive
A bar with a mission to support those who have served, To Victory Craft Beer Bar celebrates and encourages awareness and appreciation for the American armed forces. Drink to the Dolphins and drink to American veterans.
Second Down: The Tipsy Boar
1906 Harrison St, Hollywood, FL 33020 | 20 min drive
Yelling, screaming and waving your hands in the air works up a hail mary-sized appetite. Drive a little closer to the Atlantic Ocean and Hollywood Beach for pork and pints at The Tipsy Boar gastropub. If you want our suggestion, wash down a Mojo Marinated Pulled Pork with A Cigar City Jai Alai American IPA.
20. Minnesota Vikings
Touchdown: Town Hall Brewery at Seven Corners
1430 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454 | 3 min drive, 12 min walk
Hard-working and beer-crafting since 1997, Town Hall Brewery at Seven Corners in Minneapolis features world-class beer and fantastic food. A short jaunt from U.S. Bank Stadium, Town Hall has the beer for any of your purple and gold emotions. Feeling hopeful that Sam Bradford will play this week and flash his firepower? Go for a Hope & King Scotch Ale. Experiencing waves of panic as Case Keenum steps into the chief spot while Bradford nurses a yet-to-be-disclosed-how-severely injured knee? A Combustion Junction smoked beer might be more appropriate.
First Down: Lakes & Legends Brewing Company
1368 Lasalle Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403 | 8 min drive, 30 min walk
A tall tale says that the hero of the North American lumberjacks, Paul Bunyan, cleared forests across the northeastern United States with his fortitude and speed. Accordingly, as Bunyan traveled across the country, he dug out watering holes for his trusty blue ox, Babe, that became the Great Lakes. Whether you believe the myth or not, Lakes & Legends Brewing Company harkens back to a time when people lived off the land. Their artisan-inspired, handcrafted Belgian and farmhouse ales use ingredients that often travel from farm-to-table. Celebrate the season with Harmony Farm, a rustic saison fermented with peppery, floral yeast, or drink to the team’s namesake inhabitants of the North – the Vikings – with a Great Wit North, a Belgian wit brewed with orange and coriander.
Second Down: Day Block Brewing Co.
1105 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415 | 5 min drive, 8 min walk
Football Sundays mean beer and pizza. Find both at Day Block Brewing Co. For an easy choice, stick to the Stadium Blonde Ale.
21. New England Patriots
Touchdown: Castle Island Brewing Co.
31 Astor Ave, Norwood, MA 02062 | 13 min drive
Tom Brady enters a crucial season with the New England Patriots. No quarterback at age 40 has completed all 16 games in a season. While Brady has often attributed his resilience to a strict diet and training regimen, we know the average football fan can chalk up his or her endurance throughout the season to a steady diet of beer and camaraderie. Keep the first downs and touchdowns rolling with the flagship Keeper IPA at Castle Island Brewing Co. For a less bitter alternative, try the TBD stout.
First Down: Trillium Brewing Company
110 Shawmut Rd. Canton, MA 02021 | 20 min drive
You’ll need to travel a little further out to visit this brewery (or, if you’re lucky, this taproom lies smack dab on your way home), but the drive will be worth the outstanding suds at Trillium Brewing Company. Founded on values of family, passion and dedication, classic Trillium beers to try include Fort Point Pale Ale and Congress Street IPA.
Second Down: The Raven’s Nest Pub
998 Main St, Walpole, MA 02081 | 9 min drive
Hot neighborhood hangout, The Raven’s Nest Pub combines elevated pub grub with 15 different curated taps.
Timeout: A lost Super Bowl bet between Georgia’s Sweetwater Brewery and Boston Beer Company, the makers of Samuel Adams, resulted in the creation of SB51. According to the beer’s description this, “soul crushing pale ale will leave you feeling deflated.” Sweetwater made only 100 cans of the unlucky ale, which they handed out as souvenirs on their production tours. According to the brewery no more will ever be made.
22. New Orleans Saints
Touchdown: Nola Brewing Co.
3001 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115 | 11 min drive
Saints fans will come marching into Nola Brewing Co. New Orleans’ first official craft brewery opened in 2009 and followed with a taproom in 2013. Marching steadily on ever since, NOLA devotes its beer to supporting the New Orleans community and spirit. Fortify the Saints secondary (which has come in dead last in total defense every year since 2014) and order a Rebirth Pale Ale, or tuck into a Syncopation double dry hopped American IPA.
First Down: The Courtyard Brewery
1020 Erato St, New Orleans, LA 70130 | 5 min drive
The Courtyard Brewery’s rotating food truck schedule makes this taproom and outdoor beer garden perfect for an after-arena ale session. Would it be too crass to reflect the Saints lackluster start to 2017 with a Double Colorless Energy American IPA? If yes, then soothe your Saints sores with a refreshing Courtyard, While Meditating.
Second Down: The Avenue Pub
732 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130 | 8 min drive
Widely listed as one of the best bars in not just New Orleans, but also all of America, the humble The Avenue Pub is the place to drink craft beer in the Crescent City. “Cocktails be damned,” we say. Only a NOLA Brewing Darkest Before Dawn dunkel Munich lager or Parish Brewing Envie 3.0 American Pale Ale will do. Feeling bold this Sunday? If you have the balls, ask for a Bayou Teche Brewing Techticles, a 12 percent IPA.
23. New York Giants + New York Jets
The closest taproom to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, New Jersey Beer Company, didn’t seem appropriate for these two New York leatherheads. Instead we decided to pick our two favorite taprooms in New York to celebrate gameday.
Touchdown: Other Half Brewing
195 Centre St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
On Saturdays, craft beer nerds line up like Giants and Jets fans at MetLife Stadium for Other Half Brewing’s weekly can releases. But on Sunday, enjoy the tiny taproom renowned for creative IPA and collaboration brews. Order the Fully Loaded Baked Potato – yes, that’s a beer, not an appetizer – loaded to the max and triple dry hopped with Denali, Galaxy, Kohatu, and Mosaic hops. Still hungry? End on a sweet note with Cream Get the Honey, an IPA brewed with Mosaic hops, New York State orange blossom honey and oats.
Touchdown: Threes Brewing
333 Douglass St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
For an experience of true camaraderie, stop in at Threes Brewing in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. Laughter and music from the taproom mix with the sizzle of the grill from The Meat Hook food stall and grinding of beans at adjacent Ninth Street Espresso. Ideally, you could kickstart your Sunday with a necessary caffeine shock at Ninth Street, jump down the stairs to nab a melt-in-your-mouth burger at Meat Hook, and then slowly amble up to the 24 draft-line bar in the taproom. Finally, tuck into a table in the back courtyard for a complete Sunday afternoon of beer bliss. With two struggling New York teams, it probably makes sense to order the Constant Disappointment Imperial IPA. Just saying.
24. Oakland Raiders
Touchdown: Ale Industries
3096 E 10th St, Oakland, CA 94601 | 9 min drive
With the Raiders days in Oakland numbered, it’s time to drink in all that the area has to offer around County Coliseum before the black and silver gladiators cross state lines to their new hometown in Las Vegas. Ale Industries (AI) rebellious spirit matches Raider Nation’s ferocious fury. As the oldest and largest brewery in Oakland (with the longest running barrel program), AI Taproom means beer business. A rabid Raider fan should unleash their inner demon with the Beast Oakland, a thirst quenching Kolsch.
First Down: Degrees Plato Tap Room Bottle Shop & Kitchen
4251 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619 | 12 min drive
Complete the beer trifecta at locally-owned Degrees Plato Tap Room Bottle Shop & Kitchen: nosh on bar bites, knock back a few pints and the grab a bottle to take home.
Second Down: Pyramid Ale Taproom
1 Airport Dr, Oakland, CA 94621 | 11 min drive
For a tamer – but still adventurous – take on craft beer, make the trek to Pyramid Ale Taproom. Go-to’s include The Outburst Imperial IPA or Thunderhead IPA. Hey, you might not be climbing mountains later, but walking up 100 steps in County Coliseum might feel like a hilly hike.
25. Philadelphia Eagles
Touchdown: Victory Brewing Company
1100 Pattison Avenue, West Entrance, Philadelphia, PA 19148 | 3 min drive
Football – much like drinking – is a team sport. To promote social lubrication, Victory Beer Hall partnered with Philadelphia’s Victory Brewing Company to create an unparalleled craft drinking destination. With communal beer hall tables, 2,000 sq ft patio, fire pits, and an incredible view of the city skyline, Victory Beer Hall spells victory for beer drinkers – and we haven’t even gotten to the tap list. Pair 10 different Victory drafts such as the Victory Mad King’s Weiss with 4 Bavarian pretzel options from classic to crab to jalapeno-stuffed cheese. It’s game-day all day on Sunday at Victory Beer Hall.
First Down: South Philadelphia Taproom
1509 Mifflin St, Philadelphia, PA 19145 | 14 min drive
Gassed from the game? South Philadelphia Taproom replenishes and refuels with shrimp and chorizo fritters, deviled eggs, and fried peanut butter and jelly, while a 14 draft tap list showcases local Philly pints. If it’s on tap, you have an obligation to your Eagles to drink Saint Benjamin Brewing Company Hopligation, an East Coast IPA equally pithy and citrusy.
Second Down: Newbold Brew
1900 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19145 | 9 min drive
Part beer boutique, part bottle shop, Newbold Brew offers the best of both worlds – an excellently curated store to craft a make-your-own six pack and a 10 tap draft system to stay and enjoy a pint. Give a nod to your birds with Nodding Head 700 level, a light golden ale with a pleasant hop finish.
26. Pittsburgh Steelers
Touchdown: Southern Tier
316 N Shore Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 | 2 min drive, 6 min walk
We know Southern Tier is actually a Western New York brewery, but when the first satellite taproom of this brewery finally opens close to your stadium, you should probably go. The brewpub dedicates itself to an exclusive menu of 30 varied hoppy ales and decadent dessert beers from Southern Tier and Victory Brewing. Geek out and gape at the German-designed Krones Mirco Cube that brews 8.5 bbls or eight 25 hL fermenters – four of which connect directly to the tap tower. “The beer that’s brewed here is only served here. You cannot get this beer anywhere else,” says Head Brewer Justin Schau. “It gets pumped in straight from the tank to the tap.” Doesn’t get much fresher than that. Stumble a stone’s throw from Heinz Field for fresh, fresh, fresh beer and innovative food.
First Down: The Foundry Table & Tap
381 N Shore Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 | 2 min drive, 5 min walk
An homage to the hard working Steel City, The Foundry Table & Tap churns out 30 daily rotating taps bringing the best of beer to the ‘Burgh. Toast to a ‘Stiller’ victory in the City of Champions with a Victory Brewing Sour Monkey or Cream Ale.
Second Down: East End Brewing Company
102 19th St. Pittsburgh, PA 15222 | 13 min drive
Yinz – that’s Pittsburghese for, “you guys” – need to get yourself over to East End Brewing’s growler station in the Strip District. Hardworking and local to the core, East End offers fresh, solidly brewed beers. Steel yourself and order the Big Hop IPA, then reminisce about Big Ben’s latest pass into the hands of flash bang wide receiver, Antonio Brown.
27. San Francisco 49ers
1171 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95050 | 17 min drive
It’s hard to find one thing this taproom, bottle shop, brewery and kitchen doesn’t do. Taplands celebrates the best of California craft beer with a focus on Bay Area breweries. A penchant for tapping lesser known top-notch beers composes only a tiny part of the 24 frequently rotating taps. Choose from 50+ bottles to take home or opt for a growler of beer brewed on-site. Charcuterie, cheese and paninis made with local ingredients complete the quad-fecta.
You never even have to leave Levi’s Stadium to imbibe luxuriously. Bourbon Pub (inside Levi’s Stadium) has a small, but well-curated California-leaning draft list. Think Anderson Valley Boont amber ale or North Coast’s scrimshaw pilsner. Better yet, don’t think – just drink.
First Down: Faultline Brewing Company
1235 Oakmead Pkwy, Sunnyvale, CA 94085 | 9 min drive
Made for Thursday, Sunday and Monday nights, Faultline Brewing Company prides itself on not only making great beer, but also welcoming great sports fans. Enjoy pre-kickoff happy hour specials from 3:30pm to 6:00pm on Thursday and Monday nights. Eat, drink and stay up-to-date on your fantasy stats with free wifi and 20 large television screens. Or, take the party to go with $10 32oz mini plastic kegs and $40 five liter mini kegs of everything from the light, refreshing Kolsch to the Island Hopper IPA, which contains notes of pineapple, grape and tangerine
28. Seattle Seahawks
Touchdown: Elysian Fields
542 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104 | 1 min drive, 9 min walk
Elysian Fields* built their taproom just north of CenturyLink Field to fit over 400 people, making the brewery the perfect place to party on Sunday in Seattle. Three time award winner of Large Brewpub of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival, Elysian Brewing Company wins the title of beer drinker’s paradise. You’d be wise to order The Wise ESB or reach new heights with the Space Dust IPA.
*As a friendly reminder for those that mind, Anheuser-Busch purchased Elysian Brewing Company in 2015, meaning that the company doesn’t classify as craft.
First Down: Old Stove Brewing Co.
1525 1st Ave #16, Seattle, WA 98101 | 9 min drive
Enjoy a cold one at the Old Stove Brewing Co. Though they call themselves “Old,” Seattle’s newest taproom combines old-fashioned techniques with innovative ideas to brew their beer. Old Stove pipes steam directly into the brewery for brewing and they source local Pacific Northwest hops and grains. Go big or go home with The Two-Pronged Crown to honor Seattle’s quest for a second World Championship. If you’re a Seattle fan who still has a sour taste in their mouth from that interception Russell Wilson threw on the one yard line during Super Bowl XLIX, the Kettle Sour with Lemon Drop and Sorachi Ace hops will be perfect.
29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Touchdown: Cigar City Brewing Company
3924 W Spruce St, Tampa, FL 33607 | 5 min drive
Like Disney World, Cigar City Brewing Company’s unusual and exotic beers attract Bucs buffs and visiting team fans alike to its taproom. “Bucs fans know they can come to the brewery, do friendly shit-talking with the visiting team, get a cool rare beer and hang out in a low-key tailgating atmosphere,” says Neil Callaghan, El Lector (media relations extraordinaire) at Cigar City. From a crisp Albatross Fuel Pilsner to an ambitious Space Pope IPA, “We have plenty of beer for folks used to drinking yellow beer and for those looking to drink killer double IPAs,” says Callaghan. But, for a real tailgate treasure, draw your sword and give your best swashbuckling, “ARRRR matey!” to the Invasion Pale Ale. “Bright, citrusy and only five percent, you can have a few and still be bushy-tailed and ready to go for the game,” says Callaghan. With a full black bearded Pirate adorning the can, no other beer at Cigar City better connects the Bucs faithful with the their hometown pirate history and pride.
First Down: The Brew Bus Terminal and Brewery
4101 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33603 | 7 min drive
The wheels on the bus go round and round as you order round after round at The Brew Bus Terminal and Brewery. Originally designed to serve beer on board a legion of buses, Brew Bus eventually made a permanent pit stop in Tampa. To kick your engine into full gear, order the Double Decker English-style Porter, an indulgent chocolatey beer that won the 2014 Bronze medal at the US Open Beer Championship.
Second Down: Hidden Springs Ale Works
1631 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602 | 9 min drive
Located on “Yellow Brick Row,” Hidden Springs Ale Works will take you on a whimsical treasure hunt of drinking bliss. A mix of eccentric brews from a Peanut Butter Deja Moo Nitro Milk Stout to Nitro Steve – a tangy Berliner Weiss with lactose and vanilla – make an afternoon haul rich enough for any pirate ship.
30. Tennessee Titans
Touchdown: Little Harpeth Brewing
30 Oldham St, Nashville, TN 37213 | 3 min drive, 15 min walk
The Titans of Middle Tennessee brewing, Little Harpeth Brewing aims to (as their website proclaims), “preserve the past, enjoy the present, and sustain the future of brewing.” Like four quarters of football, this German-lager centric taproom will keep you entertained late into the afternoon. For an approachable American Pilsner with a little kick of sweet corn, drink the Chicken Scratch. But during fall and football season, the real deal High Water Dunkel Lager evokes a chocolate malt flavor that screams first down.
First Down: Smith and Lentz Brewing
903 Main St, Nashville, TN 37206 | 8 min drive
Designed to be small and experimental, Smith and Lentz Brewing runs a tight playbook full of trick plays and quarterback options. Throw Titans opponents for a loop with a Humdinger IPA or Hazeberry New England-style IPA.
Second Down: HQ Beercade
114 2nd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201 | 6 min drive, 15 min walk
Those of us who can’t play in the NFL play NFL Blitz. Feel the rush of the joystick in your hand at Nashville’s very own arcade and craft beer destination, HQ Beercade. Not only dedicated to arcade and pinball machines, the gaming mecca also prides itself on a well-designed list of craft drafts and cans.
31. Washington Redskins
Touchdown: DC Brau Brewing Company
3178 Bladensburg Rd NE B, Washington, DC 20018 | 20 min drive
You’ll need a car to access any of the taps around FedEx Field. With your wheels, head deep into America’s capital for a taste of true freedom from macro beer. DC Brau Brewing Company, the city’s first packaging brewery since 1956, harkens back to traditional styles, but adds modern twists. Example: beers like Brau Pils, which blend European ingredients and techniques with an American spirit.
First Down: Atlas Brew Works
2052 West Virginia Ave NE #102, Washington, DC 20002 | 17 min drive
The capital of craft, Atlas Brew Works redraws the map for beer in D.C. Powered 100 percent by the sun, Atlas’ beers reflect a pioneering vision of brewing something for everyone. Keep things traditional with the big, bad California Commoner or have fun with the Team Funsponge: Birth Ritual American sour.