If you love craft beer and you live in Portland, your options are endless — even with kids in tow. That’s right! You don’t have to get a sitter to enjoy your favorite suds. The following local purveyors of fine craft brews also serve up play spaces and menus for minis. The best part? You can enjoy your cold, bubbly beer in peace while your tiny diners use their outside voices inside.
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Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB)
When it comes to being kid friendly, Hopworks Urban Brewery (aka HUB) goes the extra mile. With its fully stocked play areas your kids will easily entertain themselves with toys while you sit back and sip. The kid’s menu is ample with offerings like pizza strips and the Little Brewer’s Burger that are guaranteed to please. There’s even organic baby food available for $2 a jar. If your family is looking for a fun trek, take your tikes on their trikes to the Hopworks Bike Bar located on Williams.
Insider tip: Keep your eyes on their website. Word on the street is that they will be opening up a new brewery in Vancouver soon.
Hopworks Urban Brewery
2944 SE Powell Blvd.
Hopworks Bike Bar
3947 N. Williams Ave.
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McMenamins Kennedy School
Originally created for children, this pub and hotel was once an elementary school and is still kid-friendly. With six restaurants and bars to choose from, there’s something to please everyone. The grounds are spacious and beautifully designed so that both kids and adults can explore and play. There is an on-site theater where you can catch a movie and a soaking pool to relax and splash in. If you want enjoy a mini staycation, there are 57 rooms you can stay in equipped with the original classroom chalkboards.
5736 N.E. 33rd Ave.
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This is a high-ceilinged brewpub features windows that provide an entertaining veiw of the brewing setup. The food is a bit more upscale than your usual pub fare, but still approachable — like the Beet Melt with roasted beets, goat cheddar, granny smith apples, pickled onions on sourdough. The kids’ menu has grilled chicken with seasonal vegetables, as well as the standby burger with fries or grilled cheese with apple slices leaving everyone in your crew satisfied.
825 N. Cook St.
Photo: B.C. via Yelp
Alameda Brew House
Grab a seat near the tall windows that look out onto Fremont, and watch the world go by. This spot has a comfortable vibe and is well suited for school-aged kids. It may not have a play area, but it has a substantial kid’s menu with choices that include spaghetti, pizza, PB&Js and quesadillas. There are plenty of beer selections to keep the adults happy. If you’re an IPA fan, try the popular Yellow Wolf Imperial.
4765 NE Fremont St.
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Laurelwood Brewing Co.
Self-described as “the place where friends and family meet,” it comes as no surprise that Laurelwood Brewing is ideal for a family gathering. With two patios, two kids’ play areas and a warm atmosphere, you can tell that this establishment was opened by parents with young children. Order the kids’ food first (long list of entrees, plus a side, drink and dessert) and get it earlier if your hungry children are chomping at the bit. Their additional locations welcome kids as well, each offering play areas created with toddlers in mind.
5115 NE Sandy Blvd.
6716 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Concourse A: 503-493-9427
Concourse E: 503-281-6753
Photo: B.C. via Yelp
Sasquatch Brewing Company
Great beer has come to Hillsdale! Sasquatch aims to please with local ingredients and a family-friendly attitude. How does a grass-fed beef hamburger sound with one of those beers? Or olive oil-poached albacore salad with greens, pickled chanterelle mushrooms, roasted fingerlings, creamy white bean purée & olive tapenade? (Phew!) Kids get burgers, mac ‘n’ cheese or grilled cheese, plus the added bonus of plenty of other kids to share the joyful noise.
6440 SW Capitol Hwy.
Online at: sasquatchbrewery.com
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— Kelley Gardiner