Style: Golden ale
Brewer: DC Brau
MLS Team: D.C. United
It's a huge step when a local brewer can partner with an MLS team itself and come up with a beer that not only connects the two, but gives craft beer a position it doesn't tend to hold in other professional sports.
Last June, D.C. United and DC Brau Brewing announced that the brewery would produce a D.C. United-themed beer that would be available at the team's nearly 40 partner bars. D.C. United's First Team players ended up picking Donald Wine II's winning submission, which fit in well with DC Brau's existing beers including The Public pale ale and The Corruption IPA. The Tradition, meanwhile, is a 6% ABV American pale ale that's just hoppy enough to mesh with DC Brau's other offerings, but light enough to withstand a full 90 minutes of play.
The beer earned DC Brau not only some recognition from the city's MLS franchise, but also some love in the form of tap room at RFK Stadium for August. This year, DC Brau went ahead and canned the beer just in time for the new MLS season and included a 12-ounce pour of The Tradition in the price of a game ticket earlier this season.