Paradise Creek Brewery-Pullman, WA

Paradise Creek Brewery

This is probably one of the harder blogs for me to write, because we did not have a great experience here. That being said, I still want to encourage people to try it, because I love that Pullman has a local brewery!

First the positives. The beer was really good. I had a pumpkin porter and it was delicious!! They also have cocktails and beertails, which I think is really fun! The atmosphere is also great! Lots for the half pints to look at! They also have high chairs which I always appreciate. The food was also pretty decent (What is not to love about a Cougar Gold Grilled Cheese?!?).

Now, sadly, for the reason I will probably never go back. I’ve never been treated so poorly by a brewery. First, it was dad’s weekend in Pullman, so I took that into consideration as we waited patiently for a table. For the two hours we were sitting waiting there were FOUR tables that were open with no one sitting at them. People kept leaving left and right not happy–but we had research to do, so we waited!

Finally someone in our party went and asked about the open tables. They were met with a snarky response from the hostess about the fact that they were for reservations, and that “it’s not always about open tables, sometimes we are waiting for servers.” Which was funny considering they have a very small restaurant and yet still have two hostesses and they had LOTS of servers.

Once we were finally sat down (over two hours after we go there) the poor bartender was working the bar AND doing the serving for us while those same two hostesses sat out at the front area shooting the breeze. It took about 20 minutes for our drinks to get there and then another 10 before we ordered. It was a mess.

I do not own a brewery or a restaurant, so you can take my comments as you like. I am however a former waitress AND a business teacher–so here is my opinion: don’t take reservations on days where there are lots of people in town! Most breweries don’t take them, and you are losing out on lots of business while you wait for people to show up. We probably saw almost 40-50 people leave because they waited so long.

My recommendation, if you and your half pints visit Pullman (or just you do) try out Sellas or Birch and Barley. Still great food, still great beers and a little better service!

Mom’s Favorite Brew: The Coffee Stout

Dad’s Favorite Brew: Over the Hop IPA

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Icicle Brewing Co.-Leavenworth, WA

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Last week we took a trip over to Lake Wenatchee for a camping trip with some of our good friends. Since we were so close we of course had to take the opportunity to go into Leavenworth to visit one of our favorite breweries, Icicle Brewing.

We first discovered Icicle during one of our visits over to Oktoberfest, and we quickly learned that hanging out on their great patio was much more fun than paying $20 to get into the overrated tents of Oktoberfest. First, it’s free to get in there; second, they have MUCH better beer and finally I’m the reigning champion of the stein holding contests: women’s divisionJ

This time we got to take our half pint with us there and we had a blast. We hung out outside with all the kiddos, and our furry babies were also allowed on the deck. As always with pooches make sure they are well behaved and leashed!

This place has great beer, nothing (and I mean nothing) can beat sitting in the sun enjoying a Bootjack IPA. We had an added bonus this time with the construction going on right outside. Some people might see this as an annoyance, but for a mom with a toddler boy it was a plus!!

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Cheers!

Mom’s Favorite Brew: Colchuck Citrus Wheat

Dad’s Favorite Brew: Bootjack IPA

http://www.iciclebrewing.com

Our Trip to Canada (No-Li, Kootenai River, Arrowhead)

his summer we had a great trip up to Panorama, BC. Along the way we of course stopped at some great kid friendly breweries including Kootenai River Brewing in Idaho, Arrowhead Brewing Co. in Invermere, BC and No-Li Brewing in my old stomping grounds of Spokane!

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First up Kootenai located in BEAUTIFUL Bonners Ferry, Idaho (yes, it’s not Washington or Oregon, but trust me; this place is worth a trip! Not only did they have wonderful beers but they also had great food! It was a nice warm day and we got to sit outside, which when you have a half pint is always idle. They can make a little more noise and it doesn’t echo quite as much. They had a great kids menu with all the normal treats, high chairs and crayons. What more could two craft brew loving parents ask for!

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Next on our trip was Arrowhead Brewing Co. in Invermere, BC right where we were staying. This brewery was a nice surprise because before leaving I checked online for breweries and came up short. We learned when we got there that they had just opened so they don’t have a website yet. They have no food menu but great beers and a fun little brewery. They have a great assortment of retro 50’s style clothing (yes clothing) along with your normal brewery swag. They also serve their beers in flights and had one of the coolest growler fillers we had ever seen! We really enjoyed their stout, but they also had a Rhubarb Rye-PA.

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On our way home we stopped at No-Li Brewhouse in Spokane to have lunch with my brother. This place used to be a Cajun restaurant back in my college days, and it still has the same great environment. It’s a little odd to find you have to walk all way the back in a warehouse type building, but once you follow the cobble stones you come to a great restaurant with wonderful beer.

A super bonus is they still have one of my favorite outdoor eating/drinking locations along the Spokane River. You can watch the hops grow out there and listen to the water (and pooches are allowed out there). Unfortunately for us our fair skinned Irish half pint had had enough sun for one week, so we opted for inside. We enjoyed a great variety of pub fare (from clams to tacos to Reuben sandwiches) and our little man enjoyed the color menu and grilled cheese. My favorite beer here was the Summer Ale, but as far as beers go that they always have I like the Born and Raised IPA.

If you take the trip up to Panorama or Radium Hot Springs in Canada we suggest stopping at all three of these places.

Cheers!

The Pike Brewing Co.-Seattle, WA

Wow! Time for me to catch up on my posts now that it is summer time and we are back from all our adventures!

This June we ventured down to Pike Place Market (on a sunny, busy, day…not my brightest idea)–but the good part was we got to visit Pike Brewing, which we love! Not only is it a great place  to get away from the craziness that can be Pike Place, but they have good food and great brews, and most importantly they are half pint friendly!

They have a wonderful kids menu that includes more than just your normal kids food (mac n cheese, chicken, hot dogs). Our son likes their pizza, so he usually goes with that. We were lucky when we were there because they are were out of kids crust so we got a big pizza that fed our little half pint for a few days:) They also have a coloring menu that the kids can color on (or in our sons case, eat the crayons) AND they always give the kiddos stickers!IMG_3991

My husband and I both love their fish and chips and of course the GREAT beer. Kilt Lifter is still my favorite (although, I usually try to get something else when I go there since I can get that in bottles).

So next time you are down in the market area stop by this great kid friendly establishment to unwind from the crowds of the market. Your kids will love it and so will you!

Cheers!

Mom’s Favorite Brew: Kilt Lifter 
Dad’s Favorite Brew: Kilt Lifter (what can we say..it’s one of our favorite beers!)

Lake Chelan Brewery-Manson, WA

If you are a beer lover one of the downfalls of the Chelan area is there is only one brewery. The good news is it is a great place and it is half pint friendly!

Once again we were the only people in the brewery the first time we went (yes we went twice…what can I say, it was in walking distance). We all got the sampler so that we could try their beers and it was great. They had four beers but you got VERY generous samples of all four. My favorite was the Manson Beach Blonde, but my husband and his friend both really liked the Devil’s Backbone IPA. The other two beers they had were an Irish Stout and a Red Amber.

Our waitress when we were there was wonderful. She was super nice to us and our kiddos and even gave my husband and his pal tips on places to go fishing. We didn’t order food until the 2nd time we went and we weren’t disappointed. The wings were my favorite but the kids of course loved the fries! A plus, they also have chocolate milk for the kids!

The owners daughter was also there wandering around so I never felt bad making racket with the kids. And if your kids do make racket you can pick out a record (yes, record) to play on the turntable! It was pretty great, we had a little throw back with some Huey Lewis while we were there!

We highly recommend stopping by here when you are in the Chelan/Manson area. We had a great time both times we went and you will not be disappointed!

Cheers!

Tips:

  • They didn’t have any high chairs or boosters (that we saw anyway) so plan accordingly. If you have a LITTLE half pint and don’t have a Chico travel high chair we highly recommend getting one.
  • Bring cash so you can buy a brick to draw on! They have a brick wall and markers and for a donation to the food bank you (or your kiddo) can decorate away!

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Reuben’s Brews-Seattle, WA

Located in Ballard this a fun little brewery that I LOVE!!! It is located in the bottom of a building filled with lofts.  The brewery is actually named after the owner’s son (yea half pints!). Not only do they allow your little half pints but they also allow well behaved pooches!! Double bonus for our clan!

One of the best things about this place is they have lots of Rye beers which we happen to LOVE!! Their beers really are fantastic–I haven’t had one there that I don’t like.

Along with great beers you can also bring your own food! I really like when places that don’t serve food allow this…it’s such a great option especially if you have your hp’s with ya! The Ballard Market is close by and they have great snacks, salads and sandwiches. You could also hit up my personal favorite the El Camino Taco Truck that is right down the road and bring that in also.

A few more tips, parking can be a bit of a pain…so be prepared to maybe have to walk a little bit. The good part is there is a median you can park in, and street parking

So grab your kiddos and head down to the Ballard area and stop off at Reuben’s…you will NOT be sorry!!

Cheers!

Mom’s Favorite Brew: American Rye

Dad’s Favorite Brew: American Rye (We agree!!!)

Iron Goat-Spokane, WA

We recently visited the Iron Goat on a trip to Spokane to visit my brother. We called ahead to see if minors were allowed. We were told that they were as long as they were “under control.” I have no issues with that at all! I think it’s great when places are honest about their expectations! Our minor at the time was asleep in his car seat so we figured he would be fine, and he was!

This is a very small establishment so I completely understand why they want well behaved nuggets only. I suggest visiting if you have a nice and quite kid or a baby…otherwise, hold off on this one. What a fun great location though! You feel like you are lost in a not-so-nice part of Spokane and then out of nowhere this really great old brick building pops out of nowhere, the inside is awesome!

The beers were great! They don’t serve food but you can bring your own in which I always appreciate!

Cheers!

Mom’s Favorite Brew: Goatmeal Stout

Dad’s Favorite Brew: Head Butt IPA