As you may have realized we love Bend, Oregon. I have yet to visit a brewery there that isn’t great. Recently, with the expansion of their public house, we rekindled our love for Deschutes Brewery. In Bend there is both a Public House and an actual brewery with tours, and they are BOTH half pint friendly!
We haven’t taken Flynn on a tour yet but we did take him with us to the Public House last time we were in town and let me tell you, if you haven’t been there since the expansion it is a must! The atmosphere is better, the food is better, the wait is better and the beer…well, the beer has always been great. It is a great place to take kids because they have lots of room and the wait staff (from what we have experienced) is wonderful with the little ones.
I’m really excited for our next trip down with Flynn so he can go on his first tour of the brewery. As an adult you get to enjoy free tastings and the kiddos will love the fact that it’s a short tour (about 45 minutes) and there is LOTS to look at! The best part about all of it is it’s FREE (which when you are planning a trip with kids is always a plus).
As I mentioned the best thing about Deschutes (besides the fact that they are half pint friendly) is their great beers. A lot of people know that my husband and I are big fans of craft beer so we are often asked what our favorite beers are. Hop in the Dark from Deschutes is ALWAYS in my top 5. I’m obsessed with it, I stock up when it comes out in mid-spring. Really you can’t go wrong with any of their beers though—I mean Black Butte Porter is a staple in our fridge.
So pack up your kids and either head to the Public House for a yummy meal OR to the Brewery for a great tour! Either way I don’t think you or your half pint will be disappointed!
Mom’s Favorite Brew: (Seasonal) Hop in the Dark; (Always) Black Butte Porter
Dad’s Favorite Brew: (Seasonal) Red Chair; (Always) Inversion IPA
- If your kid does have hard time standing still you can skip the tour and still just visit the brewery for a few free tastings and to check out their merchandise
- Order the sampler at the Public House! You get to pick which beers you want—I recommend the choosing ones that are exclusive to the pub (they are labeled)
- Bring some money for merchandise from the brewery! They have items at all different prices so you can get everything from a key chain to a bike jersey to remember your trip. Our favorite item is the half-pint onesie!
Website: www. deschutesbrewery.com