Hopworks Urban Brewery-Portland, OR

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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).

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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.

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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

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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

Pelican Brewery-Pacific City, OR

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.

Cheers!

Tips:

  • 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

website: http://www.yourlittlebeachtown.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/

Fort George Brewery-Astoria, OR

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!!

Cheers!

Mom’s Favorite Brew: Quick Wit

Dad’s Favorite Brew: Vortex IPA

Website: http://www.fortgeorgebrewery.com