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.
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.
Mom’s Favorite Brew: Lights Out Stout
Dad’s Favorite Brew: Lights Out Stout
If you find yourself on a vacation down to Pacific City, Oregon chances are you will find yourself stopping at the Pelican Brewery. This is a wonderful place to stop for a pint and some quality beach time with your half pint.
This brewery is located right on the beach which means it has great views and huge crowds. We visited this summer with our son during a three day stay at Pacific Beach. At the time that we went Flynn was not yet ready to order off the kids menu, but I did notice that they had one!
The best part is after you eat you and your kiddos (and pooches if you have them) can go play in the ocean and on the sand.
They have pretty decent food and really good beers. I ordered a sampler and my favorite was the Tsunami Stout. Prices are a little high here, but that’s to be expected when you are right on the beach.
- It’s sandy and it’s the Oregon Coast. So bring towels, flip flops and a windbreaker:)
- If you are on a budget (which those of us with half pints sometimes are) pack a fun picnic and grab a growler of their beer to go!
- If you go during tourist season, be ready for a wait…this place is very popular
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!!
Mom’s Favorite Brew: Quick Wit
Dad’s Favorite Brew: Vortex IPA
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!!
Mom’s Favorite Brew: American Rye
Dad’s Favorite Brew: American Rye (We agree!!!)