Joe Carter was up to bat.

The Blue Jays were down by a single run in the bottom of the ninth in Game 6 of the 1993 World Series, and Tony Yanow sat on his couch glued to the action with a bottle of Okanagan Spring Pale Ale.

Yanow, now the founder and co-owner of Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, not only remembers the ending of the game, but what he was drinking while watching it. Carter smashed a three-run, walk-off home run to give the Blue Jays back-to-back world championships.

"I was in Vancouver, thousands of kilometers from Toronto and you could hear people cheering in the street from every direction," Yanow said. "It seemed like every house erupted with excitement."

Part of his celebration was that British Columbia brew. And so it's been for fans of the sport: Beer and baseball are intertwined.

Saturday is National Beer Day, and it couldn't be more fitting that this holiday falls at the start of the MLB season (or Baseball Saison, the name of an unfiltered ale from The Brewhouse in Santa Barbara). A bottle of suds is as crucial a part of the enjoyment equation at the ballpark as peanuts and Cracker Jack. Some stadiums even have dozens of craft beer options inside, like the SandLot Brewery at Coors Field. You don't even have to be at the park to enjoy a baseball-related beer. A handful of microbreweries have tributes to America's pastime:

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Great Lakes Brewing Co.:
Rally Drum Red Ale

This beer honors Indians fan John Adams, who is a fixture in the Cleveland bleachers with his drum.

 

Brooklyn Brewery: Pennant Ale

Take note of the "55" on the label. This beer is named in honor of the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers, which won the franchise's first World Series championship.

 

Cooperstown Brewing:
Strike Out Stout

This brewery, located just 10 minutes away from the Hall of Fame, also offers Old Slugger Pale Ale, Nine Man Golden Ale and Benchwarmer Porter.

 

Pyramid Breweries:
Curve Ball Blond Ale

Pyramid, which has alehouse locations in Seattle, Portland and three Northern California cities, calls this a "deliciously drinkable golden summer seasonal."

 

Carolina Brewery: Bullpen Pale Ale

This beer is served at Durham Bulls games.

 

Haverhill Brewery: Homerun APA

From the same folks who brought you Leatherlips IPA.

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It might not be good for players to have beer in the clubhouse these days (see Red Sox, Boston), but it's a necessity for fans whether they're celebrating an Albert Pujols home run or lamenting another blown save by the Nationals.

The relationship between a hot day on the diamond and a cold one in hand was best summed up by New York Times best-selling author and journalist Peter Richmond:

"Beer needs baseball, and baseball needs beer -- it has always been thus."

-- Adam Watson is the food czar at ThePostGame. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamKWatson.

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