My husband and I have a lot in common, but a favorite baseball team is not one of them. While I cheer for the Washington Nationals, he is a lifelong fan of the Baltimore Orioles. Lucky for us, we live very close to both parks, and trips to Orioles Park at Camden Yards are planned right alongside our Nats Park trips throughout the summer. Also lucky for us is Camden Yard’s excellent beer selection.
Some of our favorite breweries are from Maryland, including Flying Dog and Heavy Seas. Both have a strong presence at Camden Yards. Flying Dog has its own bottle booth in the lower level, and we have a gameday tradition of drinking Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale to cheer on the O’s. I’m also a big fan of The Truth Imperial IPA, which is just light enough to enjoy outdoors on a hot day. Flying Dog also hosts Firkin Friday for every Friday home game, bringing a special firkin of one of their beers each time.
If you’re higher up in the park, you still have good choices. Heavy Seas has their own beer carts throughout the top level. You will usually find their flagship ales at these stands, including their popular (and delicious) Loose Cannon IPA.
If you arrive at the game early, I also highly recommend Dempsey’s, a brewpub and restaurant near the team store. They serve their own brews alongside other Maryland breweries, and the food is standard pub fare. Dempsey’s is very popular, and if you want to be in-and-out before the game, you have to arrive pretty much when the gates open. Otherwise you have a long line just to be seated. If you can get in though, it’s worth the visit. I am a big fan of Rick’s Red Ale.
There is also much to do around Camden Yards if you’re making a day out of it. The park is adjacent to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, where you can hop on a water taxi and ride to Fell’s Point. The Fell’s Point neighborhood has some excellent bars — favorites include The Wharf Rat and Max’s Taphouse — and fun shops to poke around in.
If you want to stay closer to Camden Yards, you’re in luck, as Pratt Street Ale House is about four blocks away from the main entrance. Pratt Street Ale House is home to Oliver Brewing Company (the beer used to be brewed in-house until 2015), and they have several offerings daily, both flagship and seasonal. I love ordering a flight from here before a baseball game, and can always count on something good. During our last visit, for instance, I had Hot Smoke and Heavy Blues, an oatmeal stout that had been aged in red wine barrels. Yes please.
Orioles Park at Camden Yards is a beautiful park, and going to an Orioles game is always a special treat. Few things beat sipping good beer and taking in the architecture while watching some good baseball. I still remember watching a full moon rise over the park last summer, one that was so huge that I thought it was a building dome across the street. The Orioles, Camden Yards, and the great Maryland beers are summer traditions that are not to be missed!