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Maryland Craft Beer and Baseball Road Trip

Touch ‘Em All on the Maryland Craft Beer and Baseball Road Tripper’s Dream

Jim Meyer

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Marylanders take their craft brews seriously--and so can you with beer festivals and brewery tours.
Craft Beer Festival
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See players on the rise to the bigs playing for one of Maryland's minor league teams.
Maryland Blue Crabs Minor League Baseball Team
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Man sampling a Burley Oak Brewing Company craft beer
Man sampling a Burley Oak Brewing Company craft beer
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With seven pro teams and some of the best beer anywhere, Maryland is the perfect spot for a craft beer and baseball adventure. Start in Hagerstown for a Suns game at Municipal Stadium, built during baseball’s Golden Age and the oldest in the state. Then head to the craft brew mecca of Frederick to catch the Keys. Next up is Baltimore, home of Babe Ruth, the National Anthem, world-class brewing, and of course, the Baltimore Orioles. Go North to Aberdeen for an Ironbirds game at the House that Ripken built and then trace the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay for unique beers, Shorebirds baseball, and the Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame. Then cross the Bay Bridge to Bowie for a Baysox game before finishing up in Southern Maryland with Brooks Robinson’s Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. Ain’t the beer cold?

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1 Lead Off Your Beer and Baseball Adventure With the Hagerstown Suns

The Single-A Hagerstown Suns shine a light on baseball history and point the way towards Maryland Craft Beer’s exciting future. Catch a game, sample the best local brews, and explore Civil War sites for a window into the times that shaped our National Pastime.

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Harry Grove Stadium - Frederick Keys

2 Farm Beers and Farm Teams are the Keys to the Game in Frederick

With legendary power-hitters like Flying Dog Brewery and an eclectic collection of farm breweries, Frederick is stealing the hearts of craft beer lovers everywhere. The baby birds of the Orioles Single-A affiliate Frederick Keys bring those great beers to the ball yard making this second stop a grand slam.

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Summer means baseball! Watch the Orioles at Camden Yards, then catch a minor league game across the state.

3 Round Out Your Third Stop With Orioles Baseball and Baltimore’s Microbrew Chops

Birthplace of the National Anthem and Babe Ruth, Baltimore is more than just the hot corner of your Maryland beer and baseball road trip. The hometown Orioles mix AL East baseball with world-class brews from one of America’s hottest microbrew cities.

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Ripken Stadium, Aberdeen Photo By: Greg Pizzuto

4 Aberdeen: Take in a Game the Ripken Way With the Ironbirds

Right off I95 near the Susquehanna River, the future of baseball is being honed. The Ripken Baseball Complex is not just the home of the Aberdeen Ironbirds, the Orioles NY Penn League affiliate, it’s also home to the Ripken World Series, where kids get to play on miniature replicas of historic Big League parks. Ripken Stadium itself is a jewel with that offers Maryland steamed crabs on the Conrad’s Crabs outfield deck.

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Image of Arthur W. Perdue Stadium Photo By: Steven Uhlmann/Delmarva Shorebirds

5 On Deck: Sour Beers and Sweet Seats for a Delmarva Shorebirds Game

Packed with five craft breweries and steeped in baseball tradition, the Eastern Shore is hitting cleanup on our baseball and brews road trip. And don’t miss the Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame at the Shorebirds Arthur W. Purdue Stadium in Salisbury. Tributes to shore legends Jimmie Foxx and Harold Baines make this stop a ringer.

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Photo By: Bowie Baysox

6 Raise a Glass to Tomorrow’s Big League Stars at a Double-A Bowie Baysox Game

Toast tomorrow’s big league studs with fantastic local suds at a Baysox game and try some out-of-this-world beers at Bowie’s annual Star Wars night. Just a long fly-ball from Baltimore and Annapolis, the penultimate stop on our baseball and brews road trip goes deep with big-time flavors.

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7 Southern Maryland Means Blue Crabs Baseball and a Stout Lineup of Stouts

Our tour began with Maryland’s oldest stadium and ends at Regency Furniture Field, our newest park. Catch a Blue Crabs game and sample some traditional Southern Maryland oyster stouts while you make plans to do it all over again next year.

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