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

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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