Best Beers for Tailgating Like a Pro

Best Beers for Tailgating

It’s fall, which means the football season is upon us. This can only mean one thing – you are going to be doing a lot of tailgating. For a fall tailgate, beer works best. While beers are great, not all beers are suited for tailgating. Beers high in alcohol are out because you want to catch the action in the stadium. You don’t want to fall asleep on your seat, do you?

A beer that is light enough to watch the game plus allow you to enjoy all the tailgating games you have planned works perfectly. But worry not, we have done all the hard work for you. We have put together 20 of the best beers for tailgating. So, stock em’ up before the game and enjoy!

20 Best Beers for Tailgating

Founders All Day IPA

This is right up there as one of the best beers for tailgating. It is one of the most seasonable beers on the market. It is hoppy and light and will satisfy you no end while keeping you alert and sharp. All of the flavors of IPA are still there, but with very light alcohol that will allow you to have a few and still head out and enjoy! You can drink it for hours and still stand upright!

Corona Extra

This will quickly turn into your favoritetailgate item. Brewed in Mexico, the flavors are  refreshing, crisp, hoppy and well-balanced. This beer goes down easily and is great on a warm, sunny day!

New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale

Born in Colorado, this beer got its reputation as one of the best choices for hardcore mountain bikers. Well, if it’s good enough for the bikers, it’s good enough for us tailgaters, right? It is smooth and easy to drink with good flavors.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon

This is a solid and affordable choice for tailgating. If you are looking for a beer that is not too strong and rich but just light and not forgettable at the same time, Pabst Blue Ribbon is a great choice! Great taste and goes down easily.

Yuengling Traditional Lager

This is one iconic beer with an almost cult following and is a tailgate staple in many places. This is excellent beer- tastes great and is not too hoppy. It deserves its place in this list for just its pedigree alone! America’s oldest brewery has been churning out this amber classic from Pottsville, Pennsylvania since before prohibition.

Miller High Life American Lager Beer

Miller’s High Life is the epitome of American Lager beer. It is light and crispy, with the delicious flavors of biscuit. It is great to take to a tailgate because it has low ABV and it will not knock you down too hard when you’ve had a few! It is cheap, easy to drink and is the true champagne of beers!

Evil Twin Citra Sunshine Slacker

One of the best session IPA, it is light and floral with amazing flavors of hoppy citrus. There is only 4.5% of alcohol in it, so make this your tailgating companion without fail and watch your peeps rave about it till the next tailgating season!

Estrella Damm Barcelona Lager

Estella Damm has its origin in Spain. Light, refreshing and smooth, it is a great choice for tailgating on a warm and sunny day. Moreover, it goes well with just about any food.

Heineken Lager

Heineken is a full-bodied premium lager from the Netherlands with a deep golden color, lovely fruity aromas and a mildly bitter taste on the palate. It offers a balanced hop aroma leading to a crisp, clean finish that is superbly refreshing!

This beer is a universal favorite across the world. Its distinct flavor and unmatched quality make it perfect for outdoor activities and pairs well with tailgate food like BBQ meats and sweet desserts.

Samuel Adams Boston Lager Beer

Samuel Adams helped lead the American Beer Revolution for beers that are rich and full of flavor. It is literally everywhere! With ABV just a shade under 5 percent, it’s ideal at tailgating for anyone who is not into regular beers.

Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale

Smooth and silky with a hoppy finish that IPA fans will really dig! This hoppy pale wheat ale is amazing on a hot afternoon tailgate and it goes well with classic tailgate bites.

Narragansett Lager

This award-winning beer is approachable and perfect for drinking with crisp and refreshing notes. It is smooth, without being overbearing with a delicious nutty flavor. If you want to take a beer to a tailgate that everyone can enjoy, then go for the Narragansett Lager!


Mexican beer at a tailgate sounds great, doesn’t it! Light and flavorful, it is wonderful to session and pairs beautifully with any tailgate food of your choice. It is rather cheap and at only 4.5% ABV, you won’t feel like you’ve been kicked in the head the next morning!

Sixpoint The Crisp

Pilsner glasses are a great selection for tailgating. They have low ABV, are refreshing and will keep you hydrated on a hot summer day. Sixpoint The Crisp is one of the best pilsners, with pleasant aromas and flavors of biscuit and bready malt balanced out by greasy pine aromas. Crip, light, refreshing and delicious, don’t hesitate to try it out at your next tailgate.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

The Sierra Nevada is bold and complex, with delightful notes of pine and citrus. It is hoppy, malty, smooth with hints of spice. What more could you want for your tailgating purpose?

Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils

Mama’s is built on pilsner and honey malt then hopped with Saaz and Aramis hops. It is rich in taste and flavors, but with only 4.7 percent ABV, it is a great low-dose refresher. It is a crisp, session-able beer with subtle hops that make it crucible.

You will enjoy its fruity and floral aromas and it will go down like water without tasting anything like it! This nice, smooth and dry pilsner will be super comfortable to have on the field, without missing any of the game.

Newcastle Brown Ale

As opposed to warm sunny days, brown ales are perfect for a winter day. If you are getting ready for a winter tailgate, Newcastle Brown Ale with its unique blend of pale and roasted malts with American hops and nutty flavors with hints of sweetness from the caramel will work perfectly.

A smooth, crisp and slight roasty ale, it has a very low ABV of 4.7 percent. It is a finely balanced drink that is neither too sweet nor too bitter. Just perfect!

Bell’s Official Hazy IPA

If you love hops and you love wheat beers, Bell’s Official Hazy IPA is the beer you should be buying.  An ideal beer to sip while throwing the ball around, it has the refreshing and decadent flavors peach, stone fruit and tropical notes. The finish is dry with a balanced bitterness. It is your go-to haze for tailgating.

Molson Canadian Light

If you want a light beer, but don’t want to compromise on flavor, it doesn’t get better than Molson Canadian light. With only 3.9 percent ABV, it is flavorful and starts off with floral notes leading to a clean, dry finish. It is everything you could possibly want in a light beer.

Karbach Brewing Co. Weekend Warrior Pale Ale

Crack open a Weekend Warrior Session IPA when you are tailgating. It has succulent citrus flavors along with notes of grapefruit and pine. Super easy to drink, it has only 4.5 percent alcohol by volume. So you can drink it throughout the day!


Finding the right beer for tailgating can be a bit of a challenge. You don’t want to compromise on the taste or flavor when looking for a beer that has lower alcohol content. To help you navigate this conundrum, with ease, we have gathered the above 20 great beers for tailgating. Sip on them and sail effortlessly through the game and remember it in the end!

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