Raise a pint in honor of these family-friendly craft breweries that welcome kids! San Diego is the craft beer capital of the world and breweries across the city invite you to enjoy superb ale with your little half-pints and in some cases, even your dog in tow. Scroll down for where to say cheers.

photo: Kairoa Brewing Company

Kairoa Brewing Company

Kairoa Brewing Company recently opened in University Heights. The 10,500 square foot, kid- and dog-friendly brewpub brings New Zealand influence to the San Diego food and beer scenes.

With over 10 years of brewing experience, brewer Joe Peach aims to meld the flavors of a faraway homeland and the innovation of the San Diego beer scene. Kairoa is debuting with five house beers and five more ready to drink in the coming weeks. For those looking for a different libation, Kairoa has hard kombucha and cider on tap as well as wine by the glass. Examples of beers include Cheeky Buggah Belgian Blond (4.8%) light bodied, subtle spice, light caramel and honey, Wizard of the South Hoppy Wheat (6.2%) full bodied, hoppy aroma, melon, honeydew, pear and Ostrich Oatmeal Stout (5.3%) velvety mouthfeel, heavy roast aroma, chocolate.

Kairoa’s brunch and dinner menus fuse fresh, coastal flavors of Southern California with the comforts of traditional Kiwi cuisine. Several items are gluten free or plant-based, including the Vegan Breakfast Melt with scrambled tofu, beet relish, spinach, vegan mozzarella, tomato, rosemary sourdough. Traditionally indulgent bar food has a place on the menu too in dishes such as the Lamb Barbacoa Hot Chips topped with queso fresco, garlic aioli, fried shallots and mint chimichurri.

4601 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92116
Online: kairoa.com


Bagby Beer Company

Hit up this laid-back brewery with indoor-outdoor rooms that allow plenty of space for the tots. Even more, little ones get their own cute green picnic tables to hang at. Food-wise, half-pints like the mac n' cheese and grown-ups enjoy fish tacos and more. There are also vegan food options here too. Beer-wise, the flight is always a good way to taste the different brews. Beer-lovers and foodies alike will really relish a visit to this Oceanside eatery, as their dishes are crafted in a nearly all from scratch kitchen with locally sourced ingredients. There are plenty of rotating craft beers to choose from, and each pairs perfectly with suggested dishes on the menu.

601 S. Coast Hwy.
Oceanside, CA
Online: bagbybeer.com

619 Spirits Distillery & Tasting Room, North Park 

619 Spirits, founded by San Diego local Nick Apostolopoulos, is one of only a handful of distillers operating in the city of San Diego. The 4,200 square foot distillery and tasting room has taken up residence in San Diego’s North Park neighborhood, and features 619’s line-up of award winning vodkas, as well as a full food and cocktail menu. Housing a custom-made two-column 1,000L still along with a dog-friendly outdoor patio, the tasting room is all ages and has board games along with Connect 4 and is currently working on a kids menu and a menu just for dogs!

3015 Lincoln Ave.
San Diego, CA
Online: 619vodka.com

Belching Beaver Brewery

Pair unique craft beer choices with a relaxed outdoor patio that's family (and dog!) friendly and you have date night with your whole pack. Half-pints can chow down on food like chicken strips then run-around playing hide and seek. Grown-ups have over 60 craft beer options and grub like giant pretzels, fish tacos and veggie flatbread. Even more, you'll find corn hole and bocce ball.

302 E. Broadway
Vista, CA
Online: belchingbeaver.com

Novo Brazil Brewing

Strollers and kids are welcome at this local colorful brewery in Eastlake. If you plan on staying awhile in the tasting room, there are kid-friendly board games to play. If your fam likes BBQ, then Smitty's Truck will fill you up. We like the rib combo. Even more, try the beer flight with Blonde, Pilsner and IPA local. Also, Fido's cool here too.

901 Lane Ave.
Chula Vista, CA
Online: novobrazilbrewing.com

photo: William Perls

Viewpoint Brewing

Is this a dream? Nope, it's real. Brew with the crew on the San Dieguito Lagoon. First off, chef (and brewer) Charles Koll turns out fabulous food items like beer battered shrimp and truffle fries. Secondly, the view of the water is fabulous and you'll find an outdoor grass area with corn hole and cool swings to sit on. Even more, the beer choice is optimal with 15 taps. We recommend the Red Rye IPA.

2201 San Dieguito Dr., Suite D
Del Mar, CA
Online: viewpointbrewing.com

Legacy Brewing Tap & Kitchen

You can bring your kiddos to this local brewery in Miramar. You'll find a relaxing vibe and games to play. Beer-wise, try the flight and the Guava beer too. Even more, the food is good––from the Philly cheesesteak sandwich and soft pretzels to the pork belly fries. 

7060 Miramar Rd.
San Diego, CA
Online: legacybrewingtapandkitchen.com

Bottlecraft Liberty Station

Grab a local pint at this craft beer shop, then browse Liberty Market for food. We recommend the Karl Strauss Urban Arbor or the Mason Ale Works Respeto. Then, you can walk around the many food vendors and order an array of culinary delights from burgers and seafood to Thai or Mexican. Further, a good spot to eat and drink is the patio, where little ones can spread out and play on the tractor or big wooden boat.

Liberty Public Market
2820 Historic Decatur Rd.
San Diego, CA
Online: store.bottlecraftbeer.com

photo: Tiger! Tiger!

Tiger! Tiger! Tavern

Hear Dad's roar of approval at Tiger! Tiger!'s craft beer selection. Bicycles hanging from the ceiling, a small dog-friendly patio, wood walls and picnic-style tables create a relaxed vibe. The owner locally sources good grub like wood-fired sandwiches, clam chowder, fish and chips, cheese-layered French fries or just plain toasted cheese for the kiddos. So grab the family and head out for a pint at this terrific tavern.

Hours: Tues.-Thurs., 5 p.m.-Midnight; Fri. & Sat., 11:30-1 a.m.; Sun., 10:30 a.m.-Midnight

3025 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA
Online: tigertigertavern.com

photo: Thorn Street Brewery

Thorn Street Brewery

Situated right in the center of North Park, this brewery has the cool parent vibe on lock-down. You’ll be able to wheel your stroller in through a side door and if you want to venture upstairs, there’s a special stroller parking section too. There are games to keep the kiddos (and adults) entertained, not to mention the great beer that is pretty affordable too. Flights cost around $8 for six tastes. A food truck is usually parked outside to get some snacks, but you can always bring food in from the outside and the pizza joint close by will even deliver to your table. Grab a seat at one of the couches and kick back with your family and enjoy the day in comfort.

Hours: Mon. & Tues. 4-10 p.m.; Weds. & Thurs., Noon-10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., Noon-11 p.m.; Sun., Noon-9 p.m.

3176 Thorne St.
San Diego, CA
Online: thornstreetbrew.com

Mother Earth Brew Co.

We know the name is Mother Earth, but Dads dig the flavored brews here too. Known for their adventurous beers like vanilla cream and peanut butter and a laid-back atmosphere, we give two thumbs up to this local pub. There are large tables and open space for the littles. When it’s time to eat, patrons order from the pizza place or Mexican spot next door.

Hours: Mon., Tues., Weds. Closed; Thurs. 4–8 p.m.; Fri. 4–9 p.m.; Sat. 12–7 p.m.; Sun. noon–6 p.m.

206 Main St.
Vista, CA 92084
Online: motherearthbrewco.com

Alesmith Brewery

A large open room with an industrial-modern vibe, beer barrel tables and a play area with chalkboard, books and crayons make this craft brewery full of Father’s Day fun. Dogs are allowed at the outside picnic tables too! Food trucks rotate to serve the whole crew. You'll find super service and a cool Tony Gwynn museum to check out.

Hours: Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

9990 AleSmith Ct.
San Diego, CA
Online: alesmith.com

photo: Stone Brewing

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens

Rock one of the two local Stone Brewery locations this Father’s Day. Stone Brewery honors Dads with either a specialty menu or featured hoppy beers. Head out to Escondido for a natural feel with large boulders, ponds and plenty of greenery. Or reserve at the centrally located Liberty Station bistro with an urban feel, bocce ball courts and a spacious patio. Either way, the whole crew is welcome.

1999 Citracado Pkwy.
Escondido, CA

Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Liberty Station
2816 Historic Decatur Rd., #116‎
San Diego, CA
Online: stonebrew.com

Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Plan 9 Alehouse

If you like pub food with an expansive craft brew selection, then Plan 9 Alehouse is your brewery. You'll find great bar food like lavender and coffee rubbed steak or chicken Caesar salad. The kiddos corner has a chalkboard, table, chairs and toys. They up the cool factor with beer cap inlaid wood tables, mood lighting and an industrial vibe.

Hours: Mon., 3-11 p.m.; Tues.-Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 11:30 a.m.-Midnight; Sun., Noon-9 p.m.

155 E. Grand Ave.
Escondido, CA
Online: plan9alehouse.com

Second Chance Beer Company

Test Dad’s throwing arm playing corn hole or his stacking skills at the jumbo Jenga game. Then, quench that thirst with a craft brew from this pub's large selection. Snag a bite to eat from thegrub from the nearby food trucks, and you’ve got a nice little afternoon with the kids in tow. Note: no minors are allowed after 8 p.m.

Hours: Mon., 4-8 p.m.; Tues.-Thurs., 2-9 p.m.; Fri & Sat, Noon-11 p.m. No minors after 8 p.m.

Carmel Mountain Ranch
15378 Avenue of Science, #222
San Diego, CA
Online: secondchancebeer.com

photo: Ballast Point

Ballast Point Tasting Room & Kitchen

If you’re near Little Italy this brewery and eatery is a perfect pit stop. Sit outside and littles will get an up-close view of the belly of the planes coming in for a landing. Dads will love the large craft brew selection, the good-sized food portions, like blue cheese crispy duck nachos or a bar burger with truffle oil fries. Littles can dive into pretzel bites or a large lemon-glazed sugar cookie. Whatever you choose, this family-friendly brewery has quick service (you order at the bar) to boot.

Good to know: Due to its prime location in Little Italy, this brewery is usually packed, so be prepared to wait for a table, which are seated on a first come, first served basis.

Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m.-Midnight

2215 India St.
San Diego, CA
Online: ballastpoint.com

Nate's Garden Grill

What better location than the city's farm-nursery? This brewery-grill is the perfect place for good eats and craft brew. Dads will love the beer choices from twenty-one featured taps and three nitro taps to bottles and home-brewed sodas. The crew will dig the local organic seasonal food, and (yes!) there’s a menu for the kiddos too. When done eating, there’s a small playground and animals next door.

Hours: Tues.-Sat., 8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

3120 Euclid Ave.
San Diego, CA
Online: natesgardengrill.com

Pizza Port

If you want a brewpub made with families in mind, then this is your spot. It’s loud and fun with yummy pizza and craft beer. The atmosphere is laid-back with surfboards hanging from the ceiling, picnic-style seating and pinball machines for the kiddos to play. Your clan can sit inside or out. Hang out at the beach or park up and then head to Pizza Port for growlers and grub.

571 Carlsbad Village Dr.
Carlsbad, CA
Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m.-Midnight; Sun., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Online: pizzaport.com

Bressi Ranch
2730 Gateway Rd.
Carlsbad, CA
Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Solona Beach
135 N. Hwy 101
Solana Beach, CA
Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-Midnight

Ocean Beach
1956 Bacon St.
Ocean Beach, CA
Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-Midnight

Green Flash Brewing Company

It may feel like you're pulling into work when you arrive at this brewery right in the middle of an industrial park, but rest assured you and your munchkins are about to have some fun! Here you will find a cavernous indoor area that can get quite loud, which usually works in favor for those of us with kids running around. The outdoor patio has turf grass with many picnic tables and the brewery’s very own food truck–– although bringing snacks from home is not a problem. The beers here are tasty and very affordable. If you are indecisive or just want to try them all, each taster is only a dollar. Luckily, this brewery is located right in the center of San Diego on Mira Mesa Blvd., making it close enough for most parents to get there and back just in time for nap time.

Hours: Mon.-Wed., 3-9 p.m.; Thurs., 3-10 p.m.; Fri., Noon-10 p.m.; Sat., Noon-9 p.m.; Sun., Noon- 8 p.m.

6550 Mira Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA
Online: greenflashbrew.com

Station Tavern

Want pub food with your craft brew? Dads can devour a burger full of toppings, Parmesan French fries and craft beer. Local favorite labels like Green Flash and North Coast Brewing make this a fave Father’s Day lunch spot and outside picnic tables and a cool kids play area will make this a day to remember.

Hours: Tues.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-Midnight; Sun., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

2204 Fern St.
San Diego, CA
Online: stationtavern.com

–– Nikki Walsh & Beth Shea


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