The Complete Game: Nine Must-Drink Beers at Petco Park

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Don’t be a kook. Know your local brews. Here’s the nine best beers to drink at Petco Park, in no particular order:

9 Best Beers At Petco Park

  1. Swami’s IPA (Pizza Port) – 6.8% ABV
    A bold and hoppy local favorite, named for the famous local surf break.
  2. Swinging Friar Ale (Ballast Point) – 5.5% ABV
    Lemon-peachy with a biscuity malt backbone and crisp finish. The pride of San Diego.
  3. Weekend Vibes IPA (Coronado Brewing Company) – 7.0% ABV
    Brewed across the bridge, hoppy and hazy and named for a local inlet
  4. Duet (Alpine Beer Company) – 7.0% ABV
    West Coast-style IPA is a piney, citrusy brew with balanced hop flavors, offering complexity in a simple and delicious package.
  5. Aurora Hoppyalis IPA (Karl Strauss) – 7% ABV
    Fully hopped, a swirl of malt, citrus and tropical fruit. Crisp finish from the grandfather of the local beer scene..
  6. Hesher (Hodad’s) – 6.2% ABV
    Award-winning double dry hopped Hazy IPA.
  7. Any Mexican beer or attempted facsimile. Pacifico or whatever. When in SD you tip your cap to our neighbors to the south.
  8. Speedboat Salt & Lime Blonde (Ballast Point) – 4.8% ABV
    Lightly hopped with citrusy, floral noble hops and finished off with a touch of salt and lime. Again, this ain’t Yankee Stadium. It’s San Diego.
  9. San Diego Pale Ale .394 (AleSmith) – 6.0% ABV
    The most popular beer at Petco Park without question. Made by local brewer AleSmith in honor of one of the San Diego Padres’ all time greats, Tony Gwynn. The beer borrows its name from the Hall-of-Fame legend’s highest batting average achieved, .394 in the Padres 1994 season, and its profile from his desire for a beer that is “light with a kick”. The result is a deliciously drinkable golden Pale Ale with light bitterness, accentuated hoppiness and a malty sweet finish. And a portion of proceeds go to the Tony and Alicia Gwynn Foundation (TAG). A definite must-try at Petco Park.

    Also try the alternate Hazy .394, a variation with a more intense, tropical hop aroma, fuller-bodied pour and a smooth, creamy finish.

    If you are looking for .394, try Club .394 at Section 217, Board & Brew (205), Lexus Home Plate Club Bar, any of the Craft Beers of San Diego locations, or in a bottle at Seaside Market (105).

Note: Petco Park stop serving alcohol after the 7th inning stretch. You are not really supposed to drink nine beers in one sitting.

Read the complete beer guide for how to celebrate a San Diego Padres win / endure a San Diego Padres loss. San Diego has one of the strongest lineup of breweries in the nation and a deep bullpen. Petco Park makes their presence known and puts a nice local stamp on the distinct experience of watching a baseball game in San Diego, California.

Note: Please do not drink without a Designated Driver. Lots of people downtown don’t care that you think you can hold your liquor. Don’t be the dumbest person in the entire stadium. Or get an Uber. Do not drive if you plan on drinking. Or stick to non-alcoholic beer.

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