Machine House Brewery-Seattle, WA

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We had a blast this weekend in Seattle running in the Furry 5K (a dog friendly race at Seward Park) and visiting a nearby brewery, Machine House Brewing.

First the race. I am NOT a good runner, but it was so fun. We were able to run it with both of our dogs and our son. It was great to see all the pooch lovers of Seattle out, and even more fun to get to see all the great vendors that were there. If you have a dog (or just like dogs) this is a great event that I would recommend doing next year. You can find out more info at http://www.furry5k.com.

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Now back to why we are here…beer. We used Yelp and searched for breweries near us and the only one open was Machine House Brewery in Georgetown, and I’m really glad they were. If you have kids this place is a gem!

First, they have a play area with a train set, books, and play table. We had a somewhat tired half pint with us and this perked him right up! They have a big tasting room which is nice because you don’t feel like your kid is bugging other people.

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They don’t really have any food or drinks there for kids (they do sell chips), but you can bring in your own snacks (for you and your half pint) and drinks for the kiddo. We have found this to be a good idea anyway recently with the boom in breweries that are just that, breweries, and not pubs with food.

Since it WAS Furry 5K day also I better mention that you can also bring well behaved pooches in! Ours were solidly passed out in the truck after the run…otherwise we would have had them in tow.

If you are down on Airport Way this is a must. The beer was also really good (and different!). They have three English style beers Mild, Gold and Bitter. They also had an IPA on tap. Great easy drinking beers for a hot Seattle summer day!

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Cheers!

Mom’s Favorite Brew: Gold

Dad’s Favorite Brew: Bitter

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Waddell’s Brewpub and Grille-Spokane, WA

Woohoo…summer is almost here. Time for more fun visits to breweries and kid friendly joints across Washington and Oregon. Last week I was in Spokane visiting family and my brother took me to his new local Northside brewpub, Waddell’s.

This place is great and something that north Spokane has desperately needed. The building looks small from the outside but inside has lots seating and a good size bar area for those of you who are half pint free. Like many of the establishments built in Spokane in the past ten years it has high exposed ceilings and lots of family and smaller size wood seating. I also liked that you could see into where the brew tanks are…that’s one of my favorite touches that breweries add!

The food was great! The menu features salads, burgers, wraps, specialty sandwiches, hot dogs and flat breads. Everything that we ordered was excellent. They are famous for the “Lamb-Strocity” which is very fancy french-dip like sandwich with lamp and Cougar Gold Cheese. My brother had it and said it was excellent.

Another great thing about their menu is they have a vegetarian section, kid section and Gluten-free section. I love all the gluten free options that breweries are adding to attract his ever growing crowd of people!

The beer was also good. I’ve found that most beers from Spokane to be light on the hop flavor, and this was place was no exception. My brother hates IPA’s and he liked it (I didn’t) because of the small hop flavor. A lot of their beers are named after past Gonzaga players, which I thought was a great idea and I’m sure LOVED by the local zag crowd.

In true Spokane fashion I also got to run into one of my dear college friends, Sara, who was there enjoying some food and brews with her pals. So fun.

Along with the kids menu they also have high chairs, lots of space for the half pints to run and a very friendly atmosphere! It’s also one of only a handful of the Spokane brewery-boom places that offer food, so if you are in town with a half pint this place is a must!

Cheers!

Brother’s Favorite Brew (guest judge): Firefighter Ale

Mom’s Favorite Brew: South Paw Pale