In a city with no shortage of family-friendly brewpubs, Brewmaster Christian Ettinger’s “dream brewpub” is an instant Portland classic. All of the beers at Hopworks Brewery are organic and handcrafted, including a gold-medal winning IPA and silver-medal winning lager from the 2008 World Beer Cup in San Diego. Pretzel fanatics will want to dig into the “Pint o’ Pretzels” from the great appetizer menu: house made pilsner pretzels served with mustard and sea salt. Yum.

There’s also a great selection of organic entrees and desserts for grownups and kids, as well as Earth’s Best Organic baby food for the wee ones. And while you take a few extra minutes to enjoy your pretzels and beer sampler, the littles can keep busy kneading a handful of pizza dough.

Hopworks features a large, well-lighted play area for the kiddos, plenty of parking, and more than fifty bike racks. Definitely a destination for a relaxing evening with the family.

Hopworks Urban Brewery, 2944 SE Powell Blvd, 503.232.4677, http://www.hopworksbeer.com

-Pete Davis

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