Ballparks and Breweries: NL Central



I stole this idea from one of my friends because it’s probably the greatest idea in the world if you love beer (especially craft beer) and baseball. When I ran into my friend Joe very randomly at Camden Yards he told me that his friends and him not only visit ballparks every year, but they make sure to hit up the local breweries as well. I think that’s an awesome spin on visiting all 30 MLB parks, so I compiled a list of some local breweries in every city, which I will split up into six posts. What makes this list even better is some of the brewery tours are free and have samples at the end. Sure beats paying $6+ for a beer at the ballpark! 😉



Atlas Brewing Company

Goose Island Brewery Tours are $7 and include a tasting and souvenir glass.

Haymarket Pub & Brewery

Moonshine Brewery

Revolution Brewery Free tours Wednesday-Saturday at 6 pm.

**Take a bus tour for only $58 of the above 5 breweries from Chicago Brew Bus.

Halfacre Beer Company Tours are $10 and include tastings and a souvenir glass.


Mt. Carmel Brewing Company Free tours on Saturdays at 1 or 2:30 pm.

Moerlein Lager House Craft beers only a stone’s throw from the ballpark!

Rivertown Brewery Tours are Fridays at 6 pm and Saturdays at 3 pm for $5. They include a souvenir RTB Glass and pint.

Triple Digit Brewing

Blank Slate Brewing Company

For those who truly love their beer history, check out the Original Cincinnati Brewery Tours. Tours go through the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood looking at pre-Prohibition breweries. **tours are dry


For those new to beer, Milwaukee has an incredibly rich brewing tradition. I will turn it over to Milwaukee Brewery Tours for great brewery information!


Rivertowne Brewery Tours are offered every Saturday at 2 pm for $8. They include samples, a pint of beer, and a souvenir pint glass.

East End Brewing Company

Draai Laag Brewing Company

Church Brew Works

Penn Brewery Check website for sampling events.

Duquesne Brewing Co.

Pittsburgh Brewing Co. aka Iron City Brewing Company.

Hop Yard Brewing Company Opening this spring… just in time for baseball!

**For craft brewery events visit Craft Pittsburgh.

St. Louis:

Anheuser-Busch Tours are available daily and conclude with samples and snacks.

Perennial Artisan Ales Free brewery tours are available on Saturdays at 2 pm.

4 Hands Brewing Company

Schlafly Bottleworks Tours are every Friday and Sunday 1-5 pm (on the hour) and Saturday 1-5 pm (every 30 minutes).  Tours include free samples.

Square One Brewery & Distillery

Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.

Six Row Brewing Company

Morgan Street Brewery

Civil Life Brewing Company

Not visiting an NL Central City? Check out my previous post on AL Central Cities!

Did I miss your favorite brewery? Have you visited one of the places above and have something to share? Feel free!


6 thoughts on “Ballparks and Breweries: NL Central

  1. Like you I visited the Sam Adams brewery several years ago when I was in Boston area for a wedding. All Sam Adams ask is a donation which goes towards the Boston Red Sox Jimmy Fund, and upkeep of the Revolutionary cemetery in Boston. They give you three samples, and a little history on samples, however before the sample they include a brief tour of a small part of the brewery. Plus, I was able to cross Fenway Park off my baseball park list.


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