Chances are, if you live in Portland, you love your craft beer. For months you’ve had to enjoy your suds at home, but restaurants and breweries are opening again…and just in time for the gorgeous Spring weather. And while that’s good new, we’ve got even better news: there are breweries that welcome kids too! The following purveyors of fine craft brews serve up sip to enjoy as well as awesome menus for tykes. Grab your kiddos and get ready to enjoy some suds and tasty grub at these kid-friendly breweries. Read on to find out more.

Hopworks Urban Brewery

Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB)
This awesome spot serves beloved award-winning beers made with locally-sourced, organic and Salmon-Safe hops. Hopworks Urban Brewery (aka HUB) goes the extra mile to accommodate beer lovers with kids. The kid’s menu is stocked standard favorites like  like pizza strips and the Little Brewer’s Burger both of which are guaranteed to please. There’s even organic baby food available for $2 a jar. Customers enjoy outdoor dining options and the comfort of being in a brewery that prides itself on taking extra measures to be covid safe! 

Hopworks Urban Brewery
2944 SE Powell Blvd.
Creston-Kenilworth
503-232-4677

17707 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver
360-828-5139
Online: hopworksbeer.com

McMenamins Kennedy School

McMenamins is a staple go-to for families living in Oregon, but this location is especially appealing to those looking for an incredible place to enjoy a brew. 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 in a COVID-safe environment. 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. (check in advance to verify availability of space and access to the soaking pool and theater.)

5736 N.E. 33rd Ave.
503-249-3983
Online: mcmenamins.com/KennedySchool

photo: Urbanplanningdave via flickr

Ecliptic Brewing

This is a high-ceilinged brewpub features windows that provide an entertaining veiw of the brewing setup: a bonus for curious little ones. The food is a bit more upscale than your usual pub fare, but still approachable. Try the  Beet Melt with roasted beets, goat cheddar, granny smith apples, and 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. Indoor and outdoor dining, plus food and beer to-go.

825 N. Cook St.
Boise-Eliot
503-265-8002
Online: eclipticbrewing.com

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.
Hollywood
503-282-0622
Online: laurelwoodbrewpub.com

Sasquatch Brewing Company

Great beer can be found in 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.
Hillsdale
503-402-1999
Online at: sasquatchbrewery.com

—Annette Benedetti

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