Deschutes Brewery-Bend, OR

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

Cheers!

A great time at Deschutes as always!

A great time at Deschutes as always!

Tips:

  • 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

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Fort George Brewery-Astoria, OR

No trip to Ft. Stevens for camping is complete for the Schumacher clan without a stop at Ft. George Brewery. Great atmosphere, great people, great beer…and they love your half pint (they even have onsies!).

Ft. George Brewery in Astoria is a fun little brewery with GREAT food and even better beer. Their sampler is one of the best around and I’m addicted to their Wit! My husband is a big fan of their Vortex IPA…but I’ve yet to find a beer there that I didn’t like. They even have a fun drink for your half pint called a Dakota Fanning (it’s squirt with cranberry juice).

The food here is wonderful also. My favorite menu item is the tuna melt but I also enjoy the fish tacos.

As far as kids go this place is a favorite! They have games for kids to take back to the table to play, LOTS of things to look at and a kids menu! Plus, everyone there is really laid back so you never feel like you are bothering anyone.

PLEASE check this place out. You will not be sorry!!

Cheers!

Mom’s Favorite Brew: Quick Wit

Dad’s Favorite Brew: Vortex IPA

Website: http://www.fortgeorgebrewery.com

10 Barrels Brewing Co.-Bend, OR

This is one of our favorite breweries to visit when we head down to Bend! It’s very small so that is the only bad thing, but for the most part this place allows kids and if you are outside, pooches!

The outside is great with a fire, extra seating and a fun atmosphere! We love going there because they also have the BEST pizza, and what little half pint doesn’t love pizza! Our favorite is the Cowboy.

They have a wonderful kids menu, and your kid gets a Frisbee with their meal.

Enjoy their sampler as well, it’s usually enough for 2 to share (especially if ya have your kiddos with ya!). The Sinister Black is our favorite. If beer isn’t your thing they also have a full bar with some yummy cocktails!

Great beer, great food

Great beer, great food

Tips:

  • Dress warm….There is lots more seating outside, so if you are ready for the weather you have a better chance of getting seated quicker!
  • You can order any pizza half and half!…even if they have two different sauces so the adults can enjoy the hulk with pesto while the hp’s enjoy a regular old peperoni!
  • They have a secret handle! Ask your server for what is on the “Big Handle” it’s usually something yummy and experimental like PB and J beer.
  • If your little one is being fussy OR you are planning on visiting on a busy day, just call ahead and order a pizza and get a growler to enjoy at home!

CHEERS!

Website: http://www.10barrel.com/