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!

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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!)

Snoqualmie Falls Brewery-Snoqualmie, WA

On our way home from eastern Washington this weekend we decided to stop off at the Snoqualmie Falls Taproom, since we have not been there since the remodel. Before we had our son it was one of our go to stops on the way home from my dads, so we were excited to check it out with Flynn!

This place is MUCH nicer since the remodel; a lot more room, bigger bathrooms and just more space in general. Side note, the women’s bathroom has not only a changing table but also a nice little chair in the handicap stall in case you have to bring a little one with you into the potty:)

Now onto the beer. I had their spring seasonal (Spring Fever Grand Cru) and LOVED it–but I’m always a sucker for a nice Belgian. My husband had the black IPA (it was ok, not very hoppy), and the summer seasonal which was REALLY light pilsner.

The food was good too. I had the Veggie sandwich and my husband had the grinder. They have a nice little kids menu–which had grilled cheese so our little half pint was happy! They also had crayons and paper for the little ones. Our waiter, Jake, was really great and was attentive despite the fact that right when we got there they got slammed!

If you have a kiddo (or if you don’t) this really is a great place–and Snoqualmie is a great little town. You can enjoy the park, the trains, the falls, the shops and of course the beer!

So cheers! and I hope you are all enjoying and taking advantage of this AMAZING weather!

Tips:

  • Take advantage of the trains, trails and parks!
  • They have pizza–which is always a plus when you have the kids.
  • It gets really busy in the summer, so plan on waiting or go during an off time

Website: http://www.fallsbrewery.com

Your halfpint can color with (or snack on) crayons.

Your halfpint can color with (or snack on) crayons.

Redhook Brewery-Woodinville, WA

**Updated on 5/12/14

We recently visited Redhook and didn’t have as good as experience as we’ve had in the past. On the positive the food was great (Way better then it used to be), but the service was awful and the server did not seem knowledgeable of beer.

The tour also costs $5 per person now, so be aware of that if you head up there.

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We finally got to take our half pint with us on the actual tour of Redhook in Woodinville this weekend!!!

This is a GIANT brewery with a restaurant that we like to frequent because their beers can’t be beat and they do have a large variety on their menu (normally, see info about the remodel below)! Plus this place is VERY kiddo friendly. The only time minors aren’t welcome is Friday and Saturday AFTER 9…but that is TOTALLY understandable!

Flynn LOVED the tour (that is until he fell asleep…probably from the drive and all the excitement in the restaurant!). Our tour guide (I think his name was Dave…I swore I’d remember) was great. He was really funny and when our half pint let out a few quick cries as he was falling asleep he didn’t miss a beat and made it into a joke. As a parent you always appreciate that because you don’t want to be the annoying people with the crying kid:)

On another note, my dad has been undergoing some treatments lately and can’t walk so this was great for him! The lady at the hostess desk told us that if there weren’t chairs for him in there to come let us know and she would bring one in. It was great because he was able to enjoy the tour without having to move around. They also have an elevator up to the tour–so this is a great trip not only for half pints, but also for those of you traveling with someone who needs extra assistance!

We ALWAYS take visitors on this tour when they come to town. It’s an hour long, only costs a dollar, you get to try lots of beers, and there isn’t any walking (perfect for those in our position with a kiddo and my dad).

The only complaint I have is they were out of Blackhook Porter, one of my top 10 beers of all time! They made up for it though by having a delicious brew called After Midnight on tap that we got to sample…mmmmm.

It should also be noted that they are currently under construction so the restaurant isn’t running at full capacity. I think they are really smart though–they have a scaled down menu, a smaller restaurant area…but still the great service and people you expect at Redhook! No complaints from this family on the restaurant part (just the Blackhook part…haha). We will update when they have things up and running at full capacity again.

So take a visit up to Woodinville during spring break or sometime this weekend, you will not be disappointed!!

Cheers!

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Mom’s Favorite Brew: Blackhook Porter (man, I wish they still sold this in bottles!)

Dad’s Favorite Brew: Redhook ESB

Powerhouse Brewery-Puyallup, WA

The Powerhouse is a must stop for a pint if you are in the Puyallup area. This kid-friendly brewery has great beer, wonderful atmosphere and yummy food.

When people come to visit us this is one of the places we always take them to for a pint. My favorite beer that they have is their Scotch Ale, although I almost always get as sampler! When you order your sampler you get to choose from two different ones, I just always ask for the one without the hefeweisen. Normally I like a good hefe, but theirs is a little too banana-y for me.

The really cool thing about the Powerhouse is it is an old power plant. Because of this your kids will love being able to look at all the power plant decor they have (our son loves all the zapping noises!).

The only downfall is this is a very small place—so if your half pint is a little rowdy you may want to save this one for date night OR go when it’s not a peak time.

Please check this local gem out. My food recommendation is the fish tacos Cajun style…delicious!

Cheers!

Tips:

  • Again, it’s small so plan on a bit of a wait
  • Order the sweet potato friends (mmmmm)
  • If it’s a rare sunny warm day sit outside!…it’s nice and shaded for your half pint and there is more room

Website: http://www.powerhousebrewpub.com

Finnriver Farm and Cidery-Chimacum, WA

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Well it may not be a brewery, but they are still half pint friendly and they still have booze…so cheers to Finnriver Farm and Cidery!

This great place is located in Chimacum, and is a VERY kiddo friendly place! We visited a few weekends during the Olympic Wineries Red Wine and Chocolate Festival. This is a great place if you like ciders (and even if you don’t, try theirs…you might be surprised). It’s  an actual working farm which makes it perfect for the half pints!

We love this place because everyone in our family is happy. My husband loves the hard cider break from wineries; I love their pear cider (and I’m a PICKY cider drinker); and Flynn loves the mud and puppies!

As I mentioned we visited during the Red Wine and Chocolate tour and we loved it. Even the people in our party who thought they might not like the cider loved it. Their cider is not super sweet, but it has great flavor and good carbonation. I can’t get enough of their pear cider and my new obsession is their Spirited Apple Wine–I can’t wait to sit around a camp fire and drink it!

I can’t say enough great things about this place. We had such a special time there. The lady that did our tasting in the tasting room was great (I really wish I would have gotten her name, she was amazing), and I got to talk to the owner a bit when I purchased my bottles–she took me and showed me the champagne racks (I love extra touches like that!).

If you are in the Olympic Peninsula area please stop by here! You and your half pint won’t forget or regret it! Your kid will love the mud and fun of the farm and you can enjoy some hard cider.

Cheers!

Tips:

  • They have an outdoor pizza oven, so check their website for events
  • This IS a working farm, so plan on getting muddy and having your nugget get muddy!
  • ALL the Olympic Wineries are kid friendly!—Visit them, they are great!

Website: http://www.finnriver.com/

Three Creeks Brewing-Sisters, OR

Sister, Oregon is home to a lot of great things that your half pint will love. It is also home to a place with great pints called “Three Creek’s Brewing.” This is another great kid-friendly brewery with amazing food and some wonderful beers!

Located on the edge of town by the movie theater this is a fun place to stop in with your kid because they have a great selection of kid friendly foods like burgers and pizza. They also have the BEST sweet potato fries I have ever had…so crispy!

Another big plus is they have areal big dinning area so you don’t have to wait too long. The restaurant has lots of fun things to for your half-pint to look at like great paintings and wall decor!  If you leave your little ones at home they also have a nice size bar with great seating!

We like to stop here and grab food and a pint before we head out to explore Sisters. I always get a taster tray here because I can’t decide which beer I want, but my husband LOVES their Stone Fly Rye.

After you finish your grub and brews head into town and check out all the great shops! My husbands favorite is the fly shop of course!

Cheers!

Tips:

  • If you have more than one day in Sisters check out the brewery and then Slicks-Q! It is a yummy BBQ place!
  • If you go in the summer take advantage of the wonderful patio
  • Download the Bend Ales Trail map! You get to check in at all the breweries (including Three Creeks) and you can get free stuff at the end!

Website: http://www.threecreeksbrewing.com/