Pacific Brewing & Malting Co.-Tacoma, WA

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Happy (late) Easter to you all! This year my brother came to visit us from Spokane–so we took him to the zoo, and then promptly rewarded him with a trip to the Hub and then to Pacific Brewing for some cold beverages!!

This great place is located off Pacific in downtown Tacoma and has some of my favorite brewery items: long tables, glass where you can see the tanks, brick, games…and it’s kid friendly.

brew1Right when we walked in they offered my son a free apple juice box. This is such a great idea, and it’s nice to see that more places starting to do this. Along with the free juice for kids they also offer lots of different board games to keep them happy while you are sampling some of their great brews.

Other kid friendly amenities included a changing table in the bathroom…which you don’t see a lot, so as a mom I thought it was pretty cool (yes, when you have a half pint with you, you tend to notice these things!).

They don’t have food, but sometimes have a food truck (and you can check their twitter for that). They also allow you to bring food in from one of the local restaurants (or your backpack if you are a parent carrying around crackers:)).

Board GamesWe had a little trouble finding it at first, so check out their website www.pacificbrewingandmalting.com for the best directions AND parking info. The beer here was REALLY good though, so it’s worth finding this gem in Tacoma.

Cheers!

Mom’s Favorite Brew: Citra Pale Ale

Dad’s Favorite Brew: Galaxy IPA

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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