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

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Dirty Bucket Brewing Co.-Woodinville, WA

This Mother’s Day my husband took me and my half pint (and our pooches) up to Woodinville for a family run and beer tasting. First off HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all those moms and mom-life figures out there.

Our first stop was lunch at Redhook and then we finally had the opportunity to visit Dirty Bucket Brewing. This Nanobrewery not only has great beer, but it is one of the most kid-friendly places we have visited in a while. There were several kids of different ages entertaining themselves, and there was even a pooch enjoying a drink with his owner.

They have board games AND Snoqualmie Root Beer on tap (which our little man loved). They also have dog beer complete with little dishes for you dogs to drink it out of! Talk about catering to everyone in the family.

On Sundays they have food trucks, which I wish we had known because we definitely would have eaten there rather than waiting over an hour for mediocre service at Redhook. This Sunday they had Streetzaria (which smelled amazing), and they change it up every Sunday.

I’m already looking forward to heading back up there this summer to take advantage of the outdoor seating and different eats! I’m also looking forward to tasting the Heffin’ Pineapple once it is done, it sounds great!

Again, what a great experience we had during our quick visit. The people working there were super friendly (my son loved the stickers), everyone drinking there was relaxed and enjoying themselves. Most importantly the beer was great and the atmosphere was great for anyone with or without half pints.

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Cheers!

Mom’s Favorite Brew: Dirty Blonde Ale

Dad’s Favorite Brew: Black Lab Stout

http://www.dirtybucketbrewery.com

Seaside Brewing Co.-Seaside, OR

I wanted to update my review on this because we visited again recently and they have added a few more kid friendly things!

The food was pretty good (which I think is probably why the reviews were lower). It was your normal “by the ocean” brewery food with Fish and Chips, Hamburgers and Oyster shooters. We enjoyed it, but we enjoyed the atmosphere and beer even better.

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Our server, Nicole, was great. She was super nice—offered to take pictures for us, was very attentive, and our son loved blowing her kisses. They only had 3 of their beers on tap when we were there, but we really enjoyed all of them. For the sampler you got to have their beers and then select one of the guest taps they had also.

The brewery itself is an old jail. It’s a big building with lots of room so you and your half pints won’t feel cramped. There are also lots of fun things for kids to look at, and they can even have their picture taken in a jail cell. They also had a great looking outdoor seating area (that had a few dogs bowls…so possibly dog friendly!? I’ll check and get back to ya).

For kids they have high chairs and boosters, and a great kids menu! It’s a coloring menu which are always our kiddos favorite. Flynn had the grilled cheese and fries and what kiddo doesn’t love that! **Update on this, they also serve the kids food in a sand bucket now!! It’s cheaper to get a sand bucket and pale with the food then it would be to buy one at the local store:)image1

If you have half pints (or don’t) we recommend this place when you visit Seaside. It’s a great change from the chain type restaurants that have taken over this great beach town. Check this place out!! You won’t be disappointed.

Cheers!

Mom’s Favorite Brew: Red Ale

Dad’s Favorite Brew: The IPA

The Hub-Tacoma, WA

Run by the Harmon Brewery this great place in the stadium district is a must if you have a half pint in tow and need a pint of your own!

Several things make this establishment kiddo friendly. First, they have games that the kids can play in the restaurant. In the back you can find little table games (like tic tac toe) that the kids can take back to the table with them.

Next up their HAPPY HOUR (which they have all week, including the weekend)! I always love a place that does happy hour in the restaurant NOT just the bar (lets face it, parents need happy hour more than anyone!). With great deals on beers, desserts, and my favorite the Cajun Tots!

The half pint loves the happy hour pizza. Unlike most happy hour pizzas that are the size of a small dish plate this one is 10 inches and plenty to share! I recommend the buffalo chicken, the kid recommends the cheese:)

Mom’s Favorite Brew: The Puget Sound Porter

Dad’s Favorite Brew: The Pinacle Peak Pale Ale

Cheers!

Crux Fermentation & Worthy-Bend, OR

It has been way to long since I’ve had a chance to blog!! We took another great trip to Bend in January and once again had a chance to hit up some great new half pint friendly venues: Crux and Worthy. Along with this we visited some other favorites that just keep getting better and better (I’m looking at you Deschutes!).

Crux Fermentation Project

Wow! That is all that came to mind when we walked in this place. Gorgeous copper kettles line this amazing brewery. Their craft brew list is huge, and they had some of the best beers I’ve had in a long time.

We didn’t have any food, but it looked great.

The only bad part if  you come with your half pint is (even though this place is huge) it is packed! They have great long family-style tables to sit at…but it might be a little crammed if you have a mobile half pint. I wouldn’t hesitate to go however because it’s great. They also have a great outdoor area—so if you come in the summer your kiddo will have lots of room to run around.

Cheers!

Mom’s Favorite Brew: The Snow Cave
Dad’s Favorite Brew: Pleated Scotch Ale

This place is a HUGE new brewery in Bend. I have never seen anything like it. They are growing hops outside, have a green house, and  have a huge brew area and a restaurant.

**Update on this! We ate food there this time and it was GREAT! The pizza was some of the best I’d had in awhile, and the people we had with us thought it was the best place we took them in Bend.

I think their food and beer just keep getting better, so this has moved to the top of my list of places you should check out in Bend if you have kids with you.

This place is very family friendly with coloring menus, running around space and a HUGE outdoor seating area.

Cheers!

Mom’s Favorite Brew: Lights Out Stout
Dad’s Favorite Brew: Lights Out Stout

Paradise Creek Brewery-Pullman, WA

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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

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