Wow, am I behind on updating you all on some great kid friendly breweries! They are popping up faster than I can keep up; and I’m not complaining!! As always, follow me on twitter for more up to date information—but now I’m going to get a little more in detail about some of the places we’ve visited.
First up!—Hopworks. Despite what it looks like from the front this is a HUGE brewery and restaurant located in Portland. All you have to do is drive around back and you will see all the big tanks, gorgeous hops and LOTS of parking (take note of this, so you don’t try to squeeze into the front parking lot).
Best of all this place was MADE to bring your kids to. First there is the play area. With books, chalkboards, toys and everything else you can image to keep your half pint happy until their food comes. We were lucky and they sat us RIGHT next to the kid’s area (some may not find that lucky, but for us when we can sip our beer and still see our kid playing with trains it is a win).
The kid’s menu is another highlight of this kid friendly establishment. It’s very reasonably priced (only 4.75 per meal) and your kids can choose from the standard pub fair AND also get apples, veggies or our fries and apple juice or milk. Along with this they have BABY food on the menu (how cool is that?!).
Along with the menu and play area they also have kid friendly events throughout the year at both this pub and their “BikeBar” also located in Portland. You can visit http://hopworksbeer.com/families to find these events.
The adult food and beverages were also good. The sampler platter is HUGE so if you get that I highly recommend sharing.
If you are in the Portland area I highly recommend checking this place out whether you have half pints in tow or not.
Mom’s Favorite Brew: Survival Stout
Dad’s Favorite Brew: Secession CDA
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.
Mom’s Favorite Brew: Dirty Blonde Ale
Dad’s Favorite Brew: Black Lab Stout
If you are a beer lover one of the downfalls of the Chelan area is there is only one brewery. The good news is it is a great place and it is half pint friendly!
Once again we were the only people in the brewery the first time we went (yes we went twice…what can I say, it was in walking distance). We all got the sampler so that we could try their beers and it was great. They had four beers but you got VERY generous samples of all four. My favorite was the Manson Beach Blonde, but my husband and his friend both really liked the Devil’s Backbone IPA. The other two beers they had were an Irish Stout and a Red Amber.
Our waitress when we were there was wonderful. She was super nice to us and our kiddos and even gave my husband and his pal tips on places to go fishing. We didn’t order food until the 2nd time we went and we weren’t disappointed. The wings were my favorite but the kids of course loved the fries! A plus, they also have chocolate milk for the kids!
The owners daughter was also there wandering around so I never felt bad making racket with the kids. And if your kids do make racket you can pick out a record (yes, record) to play on the turntable! It was pretty great, we had a little throw back with some Huey Lewis while we were there!
We highly recommend stopping by here when you are in the Chelan/Manson area. We had a great time both times we went and you will not be disappointed!
- They didn’t have any high chairs or boosters (that we saw anyway) so plan accordingly. If you have a LITTLE half pint and don’t have a Chico travel high chair we highly recommend getting one.
- Bring cash so you can buy a brick to draw on! They have a brick wall and markers and for a donation to the food bank you (or your kiddo) can decorate away!