Baltimore: Feel the Magic of Orioles Baseball and Baltimore Brews
Did you know that Oriole Park at Camden Yards was built on the sight of Babe Ruth’s family’s saloon? And if the Bambino himself thinks this is a great spot for beer and baseball, who are we to argue? Not only is Camden Yards a modern classic that revolutionized stadium design, it’s also home to great food from Boog’s BBQ and Dempsey’s Brew Pub which brews on-site and, of course, a comprehensive selection of other amazing craft beers. Big League Tip: Oriole Park’s club level is home to the team’s trophy case. A must see for any baseball fan, world series trophies, MVP awards, Silver Sluggers, Gold Gloves and even Platinum Gloves are on display along with other historic O’s memorabilia. Let’s Go O’s!
Rain Delay IPA, Dempsey’s Brew Pub: Hometown favorite and 1983 World Series MVP catcher Rick Dempsey runs this classic, American sports bar and brewpub in the Warehouse at Camden Yards. The food and drink is great any time (even when there’s no game on), but it’s the ideal place to wait out a rain delay with this light, easy-drinking IPA. Would you expect anything less from Dempsey, the Sultan of the Rain Delay?
Steady Eddie, Union Craft Brewing: This traditionally hopped, malt-forward IPA is a fantastic ballpark beer. Named for Hall of Fame Orioles first-baseman Eddie Murray, drink one under his statue in the left-field honor garden, or hop on the light rail and make the short trip to the Union Brewery in Baltimore’s historic Woodberry neighborhood.
Loose Cannon, Heavy Seas: This beer is a real blast! A triple-hopped with notes of grapefruit, pine and a deep yet subtle floral bottom, Loose Cannon skips the bitterness endemic to so many American IPAs. Brewed by baseball freaks who do beer right, the nearby Heavy Seas Alehouse is a great spot to catch away games.
Camden Cream, Full Tilt Brewing: A great session beer from an upstart local brewery, it’s a traditional cream ale named for the Home of the O’s. With a thick, foamy head, traditional cereal notes and a clear, straw-color pour, you can’t go wrong with a Camden Cream.
Old Oriole Park Beer, Peabody Height’s Brewing: Winner of the Comptroller’s Cup for Best Beer in Maryland, Old Oriole Park is a true Baltimore-style pilsner. Smooth, golden, with bright malt and eminent drinkability, it's great at the game. But don’t miss a trip to the brewery-- Peabody Heights is on the location of the original Oriole Park. This is the spot where “Wee” Willie Keeler, John Magraw and the original O’s perfected the “Baltimore Chop” while winning three straight pennants, and Babe Ruth began his professional career. The stadium may be gone, but now you can drink ‘em where it aint!
Bird House Pale Ale, The Brewer’s Art: Another fantastic example of a traditional malty pale ale, these beers are all the rage in B-More, but this one is a longtime local favorite. Grab an Orioles-themed Bird House at the game (or, if you’re looking high gravity, a 7% Resurrection, or “Rezzie” as we call them around here), and hit The Brewer’s Art after the game. Just a few blocks from Penn Station with easy access to the Light Rail, upstairs offers truly fine dining and the downstairs bar serves up perfect frites along with signature beers.
Extra Innings-- Visit the Babe Ruth Museum and Birthplace: The Sultan of Swat, the King of Swing, the Great Bambino was also a great Baltimorean. Visit his home and birthplace and witness the life of this American Icon, Babe Ruth.