In town for the game? Here’s a guide to the best breweries near Bank of America Stadium and other pro football fields
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BALTIMORE – BREWERIES NEAR M&T BANK STADIUM
CHARLOTTE – BREWERIES NEAR BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM
CLEVELAND – BREWERIES NEAR FIRSTENERGY STADIUM
PHILADELPHIA – BREWERIES NEAR LINCOLN FINANCIAL FIELD
PITTSBURGH – BREWERIES NEAR HEINZ FIELD
WASHINGTON, D.C. – BREWERIES NEAR FEDEXFIELD
There are few things that go together in this world other than beer and football. The coupling evokes memories of sharing suds with fellow fans on a couch on Sunday afternoons, watching your favorite NFL team run up and down the gridiron. And what would tailgating outside of an NFL stadium be without great beer to wash down bratwursts and burgers.
Luckily for avid NFL fans, there are excellent craft breweries within walking distance to professional football stadiums across the U.S. and Canada. Whether it’s Sunday afternoon or Monday night, there are plenty of breweries near NFL stadiums where football fans can enjoy great pints.
BREWERIES NEAR M&T BANK STADIUM IN BALTIMORE, MD
Home to the 2-time Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, M&T Bank Stadium is located in downtown Baltimore and just a few blocks west of the Inner Harbor area. Nearby to the stadium are the famous National Aquarium and the historic Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Located just about half a mile away from the entrances at M&T Bank Stadium, Checkerspot Brewing Co. offers the perfect opportunity for football fans to grab some high-quality craft beers before any Ravens game. The walk west to the stadium should take only about 10 minutes total.
Checkerspot Brewing Co. has its taproom space spread across multiple floors, meaning there is always plenty of space for visitors to grab a pint. The brewery’s kitchen serves up hot pretzels, local sausages and a menu of small plates and snacks.
BREWERIES NEAR BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM IN CHARLOTTE, NC
Bank of America Stadium in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, has hosted Carolina Panthers football games since 1996. Located about half a mile south is the NASCAR Hall of Fame, another iconic sports destination for visitors to Charlotte.
The football stadium is located near the interchange of several large interstate highways, so travelling to go see the Panthers play typically isn’t too difficult.
For fans who want to get to games early and enjoy some great beers ahead of kickoff, Salty Parrot Brewing Co. is just a short 10 minute walk to Bank of America Stadium. The brewery is located conveniently southwest of the football stadium.
Salty Parrot Brewing Co. offers a ton of refreshing brews that should satisfy most picky beer drinkers. The brewery frequently serves up sour ales, West Coast-style IPAs and sometimes even has cocktail-inspired ales at its taproom.
Located a little farther away from Bank of America Stadium, Petty Thieves Brewing Co. offers another craft brewery near the football stadium for Panthers fans and visitors. Petty Thieves Brewing Co. is just over a mile northeast of the stadium, making it a 30-minute walk or a very quick rideshare trip. The Queen City brewery serves beers for all types of football fans, including lagers, pale ales, stouts and more.
BREWERIES NEAR FIRSTENERGY STADIUM CLEVELAND, OH
When the Cleveland Browns made the playoffs in 2020, it was the first time the team had made the postseason in 18 years. Despite the long drought of regular season success, Cleveland Browns fans have earned a reputation as a diehard and fervent fanbase, making FirstEnergy Stadium a must-visit for any football fan.
Overlooking Lake Erie on the shores of Cleveland, FirstEnergy Stadium is within walking distance of a few different breweries.
Located right on the Cuyahoga River, Collision Bend Brewing Co. offers some of the best beer near FirstEnergy Stadium. The brewery is just a quick 15-minute walk to Cleveland’s NFL field.
Collision Bend Brewing Co. has a huge patio to fit tons of Cleveland Browns fans and other football fans on gameday. The craft brewery typically has more than a dozen beers to sample and pair with its beer, brunch and dinner menus. This brewery even offers a tailgate menu on Cleveland Browns game days for fans!
Another brewery near FirstEnergy Stadium is Brick and Barrel Brewing. The brewery is a mile south of the NFL stadium in the Cleveland Flats area, making it a cheap rideshare option for gameday. Brick and Barrel Brewing offers its own great craft beer, as well as guest taps and some wine options for fans on Cleveland Browns game days.
BREWERIES NEAR LINCOLN FINANCIAL FIELD IN PHILADELPHIA, PA
Lincoln Financial Field, where the hometown Philadelphia Eagles have played since 2003, is located in the infamous South Philadelphia.
The NFL stadium is accessible by the Broad Street Line rail service, which runs north through the city. Fortunately for football and craft beer fans, there are several great local craft breweries that are within walking distance of the Broad Street Line. Fans can easily get to and from Lincoln Financial Field from these breweries via the rail line.
Three separate local breweries—Triple Bottom Brewing, Roy Pitz Barrel House and Love City Brewing Co.—are all within a 10-minute walk to the metro. Football fans looking to check out Philadelphia breweries near the stadium will find dozens of different beer styles to try out. These breweries all also either serve food or host local food trucks.
On the west side of Broad Street, Dock Street Brewery’s south location is a 15-minute walk to the closest metro station to Lincoln Financial Field. The brewery has a wide craft beer selection and serves hand-tossed pizza.
Brauhaus Schmitz, an authentic German biergarten, is also a quick walk away from the rail line to Lincoln Financial Field. The beer hall features dozens of imported German beers and serves house-made sausages alongside other German specialties.
BREWERIES NEAR HEINZ FIELD IN PITTSBURGH, PA
The 6-time Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the most storied franchises in the history of professional football, with a rabid fan base spread out across the world.
Heinz Field, home of the Steelers, is situated on Pittsburgh’s North Shore at the intersection of the Ohio River, the Monongahela River and the Allegheny River. Fans can get to the stadium by walking across several bridges over the Allegheny, such as the Roberto Clemente Bridge, which also leads to PNC Park.
Steelers fans looking to stop at a brewery near Heinz Field can pop into Penn Brewery on the Allegheny. The brewery and taproom is about a 30-minute walk from Heinz Field, or a quick rideshare trip away.
Penn Brewery serves all the classic Yinzer fare needed to fill up before a Steelers game, including pierogi, schnitzel and wurst. The craft beer selection at the brewery includes six core beers alongside seasonal and specialty brews.
BREWERIES NEAR FEDEXFIELD IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
The Washington Football Team plays out at FedExField in Landover, Maryland, east of the city limits of Washington, D.C.
Football fans that want to visit a brewery before or after an NFL game in Washington can visit District Chophouse and Brewery. The brewpub, located just blocks away from the White House and the National Mall, offers a variety of delicious craft beers, including barrel-aged stouts and Scottish ales. District Chophouse and Brewery provides fans a unique experience before or after an NFL game with its lavish menu of signature steaks and seafood selections.
The high-end brewpub is a 10-minute walk to a metro stop where fans can get on the Blue or Silver line that will take them straight to FedExField. The train ride and 1-mile walk to the stadium will take about an hour total, so be sure to fill up on food before you leave!
BREWERIES NEAR PERCIVAL MOLSON MEMORIAL STADIUM IN MONTREAL, QC
Did you know Canada has its own professional football league? In fact, the league features the oldest professional sports team in North America to use its original name, with the Toronto Argonauts dating back to 1873. Canadian Football League rules differ slightly from the football that American fans are used to watching. The league operates on three downs and teams play on a field that is 110 yards long with 20-yard end zones.
The Montreal Alouettes were founded in 1946 and currently play at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium, which is located on the slopes of Mount Royal on McGill University’s campus.
For football fans that want to check out a Canadian football game and enjoy a local craft beer ahead of time, look no further than Brasserie Benelux. The craft brewery near the CFL stadium serves more than a dozen of its craft beers on tap, including saisons, a Kveik New England IPA, stouts and much more.
Brasserie Benelux also offers an impressive scotch selection and serves charcuterie boards alongside paninis, sausages and snacks to fill your stomach before the walk to Percival Molson Memorial Stadium.