Since Petco Park opened in 2004, the San Diego beer scene has exploded. Inside the park is no exception, with high octane hops washing away the leak-inducing legacy of watered-down corporate domestics. For beer fans visiting San Diego Padres games, here’s our new guide to help map out the menu of craft beers and microbrews in and around Petco Park.
“Beer needs baseball, and baseball needs beer – it has always been thus.”
Local beer menu at Petco Park
Let’s face it—this is the star lineup at Padres stadium. Here’s the beer list of San Diego’s best local breweries that have been sighted on tap and in bottles and cans at Petco. Subject to change, seasonality, whim, expiration, misinforation, fake news, and the occasional regrettable typo. Cheers!
- Alesmith .394 Pale Ale, IPA, Nut Brown, Spezial Pils, X Extra Pale Ale, Sublime Mexican Lager
- Stone Brewing Delicious IPA, IPA, Ruination Double IPA, Tangerine Express IPA
- Ballast Point Big Eye, Bonito Blonde, Calico California Amber Ale, California Kolsch, Calm Before Storm, Dorado Double IPA, Even Keel Mango, Fathom, Grapefruit Sculpin, Grunion Pale Ale, Longfin Lager, Manta Ray, Made In San Diego (proceeds to to charities that support San Diego’s startup and small business community), Pineapple Sculpin, Sea Rose, Sculpin, Wahoo White, Watermelon Dorado, Unfiltered Sculpin and Aloha Sculpin, a new mango and guava-infused beer
- Pizza Port Brewing Co. Chronic Ale, Kook, Grand View Golden, Pick Six, Ponto, Swamis IPA, Wipeout IPA, Fanny Pack, The Jetty IPA, Bacon and Eggs Imperial Coffee Porter, Kickflip Kolsch
- Mike Hess Brewing Grapefruit Solis IPA, Habitus Double IPA, Solis IPA, North Park IPA, 8 West Orange Honey Wheat, Steel Beach Lager, Into the Sunset Blood Orange IPA, Steel Beach American Craft Lager
- Karl Strauss Aurora Hoppyalis IPA, Big Barrel Double IPA, Mosaic Session Ale, Red Trolley Ale, Tower 10 IPA, Wreck Alley Imperial Stout
- Mission Brewery Amber Ale, Blonde Ale, Hefeweizen, IPA, Shipwrecked Double IPA and Hard Root Beer
- Modern Times Blazing World
- Resident Brewing Co.Chasing Citra Single Hop IPA, Perky Blonde, Urbanite, Vacation Coconut IPA
- Belching Beaver Brewery Me So Honey, Peanut Butter Milk Stout
- Iron Fist Brewing Co. Counter Strike IPA, Nelson the Impaler, Renegade Blonde, Velvet Grove Imperial Oatmeal Stout
- Coronado Brewing Co. Islander IPA, Guava Islander IPA, Mermaid’s Red, Orange Avenue Wit, CoastWise Session IPA and Seacoast Pilsner
- Alpine Beer Company Alpine Duet, Windows Up India Pale Ale
- Thorn Barrio Lager, Foreplay Blonde, Relay IPA, Rock the Pale
- Green Flash GFB Blonde Ale, Soul Style IPA
Beer Prices: How much does beer cost at Petco Park?
In most places, a craft beer will run you
$13.75, although a 22 oz local brew at Craft Beers of San Diego will set you back $17.50. You can find some economies if you hunt around the stadium. Look for the 16 oz tallboy cans.
Other notable brews
Beyond the usual beer-commercial ballpark swill, these delicious alternatives have been found inside Padres stadium
- Elysian Brewing Company (Seattle), including Blood Orange Pale Ale, Dayglow, Space Dust IPA and The Immortal
- Firestone Walker (California)
- Kona (Hawaii)
- Four Peaks (Tempe AZ)
- Goose Island (Chicago)
- Sierra Nevada (California)
- Knee Deep (California)
- Widmer (Portland)
- 10 Barrel (Bend Oregon)
- Leinenkugel’s Summer (Wisconsin)
- Third Shift & Batch 19 (Coors / Colorado)
- Golden Road (Los Angeles)
- Estrella Jalisco, Pacifico, Montejo, Negra Modelo (Mexico)
- Stella Artois (Belgium)
The usual beer-commerical ballpark swill
Someone’s got to keep the urinal cake companies in business.
- Premium beer like Budweiser, Bud Light, Shock Top, Corona
Redbridge Gluten Free Beer
You can find this pretty tasty gluten-free beer, an American amber-red lager, all over the park. If your stuck, head to Seaside Market on the Field level.
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The Complete Game: Nine Must-Drink Beers at Petco Park
Hey visiting team fans, don’t be a kook. Know your local brews, in no particular order:
- Stone IPA (Stone)
Arguably the most famous beer in San Diego and representively citrusy and hoppy. 6.9% ABV
- California Kölsch (Ballast Point)
Golden and drinkable, pairs well with hot dogs and sunshine. 5.2% ABV
- Swami’s IPA (Pizza Port)
The original, bold and hoppy local favorite, named for the famous surf break. 6.8% ABV
- Grapefruit Solis (Mike Hess Brewing)
As delicious as a San Diego sunset, crisp with the perfect ratio of grapefruit. 7.5% ABV
- Blazing World (Modern Times )
Red/amber, hopped to the hilt, drinkably and dry. 6.8% ABV
- Chasing Citra (Resident)
Hazy, easy, breezy drinking with melon, tangerine and pineapple. 6.4% ABV
- Guava Islander IPA (Coronado Brewing Company)
Brewed across the bridge, an unfiltered IPA with a kiss of tropical flavor. 7% ABV
- Sculpin IPA (Ballast Point)
The yardstick by which all beers in San Diego are currently meausured. Do not leave town without one in your belly. 7% ABV
- The most popular beer at Petco Park without question: San Diego Pale Ale .394 (Alesmith)
Made by thunderously growing local brewer Alesmith in honor of one of the San Diego Padres’ all time greats, Tony Gwynn. The beer borrows its name from the legend’s highest batting average achieved, .394 in the Padres 1994 season. The beer is a deliciously drinkable Pale Ale with light bitterness and accentuated hoppiness. And a portion of proceeds go to the Tony and Alicia Gwynn Foundation (TAG). A definite must-try at Petco Park. If you are looking for .394, try Club .394 at Section 217, Board & Brew (205), Wonderland (307), the Lexus Home Plate Club Bar, any of the Craft Beers of San Diego locations, or in a bottle at Seaside Market (105).
Essential stops inside the stadium
- Craft Row – in the Main Concourse area behind home plate, featuring carts from a lineup that rivals the Padres themselves: Stone, Mission, Ballast Point, Mike Hess Brewing and Karl Strauss.
- Craft Pier presented by Ballast Point, in the outfield, is a must-see. Craft Pier was previously the home of The Beach and has been remodeled to offer great views and great brews.
- Craft Beers of San Diego, located in sections 105, 215, 229, 303 and 328, feature San Diego craft beers exclusively.
- Hodad’s. Now with Ballast Point on tap.
- Ballast Point Beer Garden on the Toyota Terrace (second) level
- Karl Strauss Trolleys – Field level
- Pizza Port, with five locations around the diamond. Grab and guzzle their proprietary Petco Park Pale Ale
Craft Pier at Petco Park
Essential stops outside the stadium
If you are visiting Petco Park and love beer, plan on spending some extra time at these places near the ballpark
- Mission Brewery, located just steps from Petco Park is always open before and after home games. Ask about their take-out recyclable plastic growlers for tailgating
- Neighborhood, 777 G St. for great selection of local beers
- Monkey Paw, 805 16th St. New and instantly legendary pub with great craft brew list.
- Stone Brewing Tap Room
- Bottlecraft, about a mile north in Little Italy, is a friendly boutique beer shop that serves host San Diego’s best craft brews along with an expertly curated selection of 500 bottles from the rest of the world.
- Bub’s, a good compromise between sports bar and good beer
- Full list of nearby bars
Annual Beer Events during baseball season
is held multiple times throughout the year. Also June is Craft Beer Month in San Diego.
We should have put this at the top of the page. Designated Driver kiosks are at section 108, 208 and 313. Please have one member of your group visit these or any Guest Services stand to sign up for the Designated Driver Program. Must visit before the 5th inning.
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