You love a good porter, and the subtleties of a fresh hop IPA aren’t lost on your palate. Luckily, with the current craft beer movement, more breweries and pubs are opening their doors to parents with kids in tow, creating fun, relaxing environments for all. Sure, this won’t replace your need for trivia night at your local bar, but now you won’t be limited on when and where you can enjoy the newest microbrew. From working farms that serve up fantastic ciders to world-famous breweries and gardens, keep reading to discover our favorite spots to grab a brew with babes in tow.
Ballast Point Brewpub - Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, CA
The "happiest place on earth" just got happier since the Ballast Point Brewpub moved into Downtown Disney. The brewery features a 4,000-square-feet, glass-enclosed bar and restaurant space, as well as a 3,000-square-foot outdoor beer garden with “cabana-style seating,” perfect for crowd watching as you relax with a meal. The 100 tap lines will offer more than fifty styles of Ballast Point’s adventurous beer including some exclusive brews. Not only is the restaurant kid-friendly, but it is also hoping to help those less fortunate by donating one dollar of every $10 kids meal sold to No Kid Hungry.
Twinpanzee Brewing Company - Sterling, VA
If you enjoy family game night, bring your crew to this Sterling, VA establishment for some beer and board games. Twinpanzee offers games for all ages, including Candy Land, Operation, Chutes and Ladders, Trouble, Sorry!, Clue and more. There is also a Nintendo Entertainment System with over 30 games to challenge your loved ones with. Kids 16 & under are treated to free chips and juice. The brewery frequently hosts family-friendly events like kart racing.
Check out our full list of family-friendly breweries in the DMV area here!
New Glarus Brewing Co. - New Glarus -WI
While anyone is allowed to take the tour of the New Glarus Brewing Co., they have a strict policy where "anyone, regardless of age, who cries, spits, screams, fights or climbs on the machinery will politely be excused from our brewery tour." All kidding aside, visiting the brewery within Wisconsin's "Little Switzerland" is definitely a "must see." Located on a hilltop, you and the kids can take your own self-guided tour of the brewery's garden with plenty of photos opps. You will want to pack a few snacks since they do not offer food, but they do make their own root beer so everyone wins!
Gate City Brewing - Roswell, GA
In what used to be two mechanic shops is now Gate City Brewing's two-story, brewhouse and taproom which is, as they say, "pro-friendly." Not only are kids and dogs welcome, but so is outside food (although local food trucks also make the rounds too.) The place offers nearly 20 house-brewed beers on draft and lots of fun including live music, brewery yoga, "paint and pint nights," comedy showcases and more.
Old Irving Brewing Co. – Chicago, Il
Some families boast that the Old Irving Brewery is a great place to cuddle up during a rainy day. Not only will you find a beer here, but also beer-inspired cocktails, ciders, bourbons, whiskeys, rums, tequilas and more. For the kids (and for those who don't care to drink) they also offer a variety of sodas (house-made and Coca-Cola varieties), ginger beer, lemonade and ice tea. If you can manage to pull them away from the indoor bean bag toss area, your kids will love mac and cheese with bacon of other great finds on the huge kid-friendly menu.
Elliott Bay Brewing Company - Three locations in the Seattle area, WA
If you walk in the doors of Elliott Bay Brewing Company around dinnertime, there will be no doubt in your mind that this is where beer-loving parents come to enjoy a pint—and you’ll love that Elliott Bay is pretty noisy so no one will be hushing your little ones through your meal. Ask to sit upstairs or in one of the booths along the edge of the brewery. The kids’ menu is tasty and the adult fare is a step above typical brewery grub, so come hungry. And now with three locations, it’s easier than ever to make this your new Friday night hangout!
Check out our full list of family-friendly breweries in Seattle here!
Atlantic Brewing Company – Bar Harbor, ME
Atlantic Brewing Company was one of the first to hop (pun intended!) on the microbrew craze. Built on a 10-acre farm, the entire place was designed to create an experience where visitors could learn first-hand about small-scale beer production. There’s also a tasting room and beer garden, the very popular Mainely Meat BBQ restaurant, and a large outdoor courtyard area. The kids will love the playground in the back, and Atlantic Brewing even does flights of housemade soda tastings for the little ones! Also, check out ABC's Midtown location with Midtown Burgers (52 Cottage St.) and their sister winery, Bell Harbor Cellars (on Route 3) for their line of traditional red, whites, and local fruit wines.
Try this beer: Bar Harbor Real Ale
Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) – Portland, OR
When it comes to being kid friendly, Hopworks Urban Brewery (aka HUB) goes the extra mile. There are three play areas with train tables, chalkboards, books and toys, and kids are handed a ball of pizza dough upon arrival. The kid’s menu is ample with offerings like pizza strips and the Little Brewer’s Burger. There’s even organic baby food available for $2 a jar! There are two HUB locations in Portland: Powell (2944 SE Powell Blvd.), Williams (3947 N Williams Ave.) and one in Vancouver (17707 SE Mill Plain Blvd.)
Try this beer: Hopworks IPA
Check out our full list of family-friendly breweries in Portland here!
Port City Brewing – Alexandria, VA
Located right off the Holmes Run Trail, Port City Brewing is an ideal stop after that weekend family bike ride. It was awarded Best Small Brewery at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival, so you know the beer’s good here. There are ample picnic tables inside and out, there's a back room with seating/arcade games, and an upstairs bar area with darts, seating, and extra restrooms. There’s often live music on the weekend, and while they don’t serve food, you can usually find a food truck parked outside.
Try this beer: Optimal Wit
Check out our full list of family-friendly breweries in Washington D.C. here!
Oak Highlands Brewery – Dallas, TX
Beer-loving parents in Dallas have a friend at Oak Highlands Brewery. Not only does the brewery have an airy tasting room with large glass windows that allow guests to check out the brewing area, but in the back, there’s additional seating with cornhole sets, a ping-pong table, a foosball table, an air hockey table, a large chalkboard and even a large Jenga set. When that’s not enough, wander over to the arcade games! The brewery hosts a ton of fun events, including family night once a month, BBQ cookoffs and fundraisers for local causes. Be sure to bring hungry bellies, too. You’ll find food trucks lined up and ready to serve.
Try this beer: Freaky Deaky
Station 26 Brewing – Denver, CO
Craft beer fans know Denver as the home of the Great American Beer Festival, but it’s also home to an impressive list of breweries creating their own suds. There are several kid-friendly joints, but Station 26 is at the top of the list. There’s no restaurant, but there are pretzels for snacking, and a revolving selection of food trucks show up every day. There’s a grassy area that’s great for kids, a bunch of communal picnic tables with plenty of shade, and live music. Plus, the building was actually a real fire station in a past life. Oh, and the beer? It’s pretty awesome, too.
Try this beer: Juicy Banger IPA
Finnriver Farm & Cidery – Chimacum, WA
It's not exactly a brewery, but this awesome cidery located on the Olympic Peninsula is totally worth the drive, even with wee ones. Not only is the cider seriously legit, but space is a destination in itself. There’s a working farm, a tasting room, and family-friendly music concerts during the summer.
Head's up foodies! Finnriver takes the slow food movement seriously. During the week they offer local snacks and goodies to create your own picnic. On the weekends, the grill is open and serving tasty eats like local brats, with kraut, homemade cider mustard, and seasonal vegetables or salads. There are also food trucks serving up gourmet eats like crepes and oysters.
Try this cider: Finnriver Black Currant
Check out our full list of family-friendly breweries in Seattle here!
Flossmoore Brewing Company – Flossmoor, IL
Stationed inside a 1906 train depot, this award-winning brewpub is located in the heart of historic Flossmoor, just 28 miles outside of Chicago. Kids love the Old Caboose Ice Cream Shoppe (open Thurs.-Sun. from Jun.-Sept.) that dishes up frozen yogurt and fun toppings like gummy bears, Snickers bar, and teddy grahams. There’s a kid’s menu with healthy options, and the adult fare is pretty tasty too. Think carving board charcuterie & cheese, burgers, baby back ribs, fish 'n' chips and more. Tiny guests also have a chance to write a story about Goober, the pub mascot (the two best stories are chosen once a month). The winner receives a free kids meal and the honor of having his or her story posted in the main entrance. There’s also a miniature train set that runs above the pub and bar area, and the brewery even does root beer tours for local second-grade classrooms!
Try this beer: Station Master Wheat Ale
Marin Brewing Company – Larkspur, CA
Marin County’s original brewpub has been a family hot-spot for years. There’s a large patio with picnic tables to fit large groups, and the menu (each kid menu comes with crayons) has everything from mac ‘n’ cheese for the kids to special salads and entrees for the adults. As an added bonus, the brewpub can be found at Marin Country Mart, which, from the play area and pond in the middle of the shopping center to the ice cream and toy shops that take up other storefronts, is perfect for an entire day of fun.
Try this beer: White Knuckle Double IPA
Maple Island Brewing – Stillwater, MN
If the patio overlooking the beautiful St. Croix River and the view of the famous Lift Bridge doesn’t win you over, the impressive collections of games, the free popcorn, the yoga and fun family events (cornhole tourney, anyone?) will. This family-owned brewery is located in the heart of historic Stillwater, and the community vibes are real—every Monday, $1 of every pint sold goes to a local non-profit organization. They also have menus from nearby restaurants on hand, and there’s a candy store right across the street. Grab a bite from hotspots like The Grand, Victoriano’s and Chicago Dogs and settle in for a pint.
Try this beer: I Scream (made with local Nelson’s ice cream!)
Golden Road Brewing – Los Angeles, CA
It’s pretty clear that Golden Road Brewing Company understands the perils of dining with kids in public. The hand-crafted Bavarian soft pretzel is a family favorite at the Atwater Village location (5410 W San Fernando Rd.). There are lawn games for little wiggle worms, you can catch a train going by every now and again (the brewery is housed inside a former Southern Pacific switching station), and there’s even a special patio just for dogs. And, here’s an insider tip: make use of the valet parking. It’s free and beats parking a few blocks away. Self-parking is scarce. Other locations can be found in Downtown Los Angeles (317 S Broadway) and Anaheim (2210 E Orangewood Ave.).
Try this beer: Golden Road Hefeweizen.
Check out our full list of family-friendly breweries in Los Angeles here!
Asheville Pizza and Brewing – Asheville, NC
This brewery/restaurant has been a family-friendly operation since it opened in 1998. It’s a dine-in outdoor movie theater (Tickets are only $3, but they go quickly!), a restaurant serving up classic pub fare with fun Hollywood-themed names like Jedi Jalapeno Poppers, Lord of the Onion Rings, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Salad, plus, they make great beer. There’s also an impressive game room with foosball, pool, ping-pong, and vintage pinball and arcade games!
Try this beer: Ninja Porter
Lake Placid Brewery & Pub – Lake Placid, NY
Lake Placid Pub & Brewery is a parent’s dream. Not only do they offer cornhole in the front beer garden area, but—more importantly—there’s a 10’ x 20’ kids room on the third floor. There are games, puzzles and a custom-painted scavenger hunt on the walls (complete the hunt, get a prize!). There’s a full kids menu and, the best part? They offer s’mores for dessert—kids of all ages can roast their own marshmallows right at the table. We think it all sounds like a dream dinner date with the littles!
Try this beer: Ubu Ale
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Garden – Escondido, CA
Stone is a popular choice in the world of craft beer, and for a good reason. Their beer is excellent, and they take quality seriously. One visit to the Bistro and Garden in Escondido and you’ll see why. The kids will love the ponds, boulders, and the open space of the one-acre organic beer garden. You’ll love the awarding winning ales and the fact that Stone is the largest purchaser of local, small-farm organic produce in San Diego County. Kids can choose from menu options like teriyaki salmon and mini mac ‘n’ cheese, and you’ll fill up on impressive bites like Stone shrimp & grits, South American ceviche and Stone-style hemp seed soft pretzels. Looking for other family-friendly beer pubs in the San Diego area? Check out our guide here.
Try this beer: Stone IPA
Terrapin Beer Company – Athens, GA
Visitors to Terrapin Brewing Company will be able to taste fresh brews and enjoy live music in a family-and pet-friendly environment. There's an indoor tasting room, a big outdoor space with tables, lawn chairs, and yard games that are perfect for little guests. No food is served here, but food trucks show up on the regular.
Try this beer: Liquid Bliss
3 Daughters Brewing – St. Petersburg, FL
There’s plenty to keep your crew busy at family-owned 3 Daughters Brewing, which is located in the arts district of St. Petersburg, Florida. Enjoy "fast casual food" with their "3D Bites" and live music Thursday through Sunday every week. Other events include Art Walks and comedy shows. The tasting room has 18 taps, and since 3 Daughters also brews their own cider, there’s something for everyone! There’s also plenty of entertainment for the kids, including life-sized Jenga, Connect Four, shuffleboard, cornhole and more.
Try this beer: Beach Blonde Ale
Laurelwood Brewing Company - Portland, OR
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. You can be Laurelwood in Hollywood (5115 NE Sandy Blvd.) and Sellwood (6716 SE Milwaukie Ave.).
Check out our full list of family-friendly breweries in Portland here!
— Gabby Cullen with Jeff Totey, Kelley Gardiner, Christina Montoya Fieldler and Chelsea Lin
Editor’s Note: Red Tricycle wants parents to have fun and be safe with their kids. Please drink responsibly and always designate a driver.