Hot days = cold beers, at least for the grownups. Here are some of the best breweries to head to when you’ve got kids in tow.
- Zoiglhaus Brewing Company. This large beer house in outer Southeast is as family-friendly as they come. An inviting atmosphere abounds, plus you’ll find a solid play area (including a chalk wall) for the kids. The kids menu includes the classics (burger, mac & cheese) as well as chicken schnitzel. All come with veggies or fries and a small drink for $5. On the beer front, this brewing company specializes in German-inspired beers with a PNW twist. Read our full review here.
5716 SE 92nd, Portland
- Caldera Public House. This Mt. Tabor staple has decent food, lots of beer, and a welcoming attitude to customers of all ages. Kids will be treated to coloring placemats and a kids menu with all the basics. You can also get sippy cups for younger patrons. Bonus: It has a great patio and occasional live music as well.
6031 SE Stark, Portland
- Oregon Public House. “Have a pint, change the world,” is the motto at this pub – a non-profit that donates all profits to charity. The community-driven aspect of this enterprise can be seen in the way it treats kids as well. It prides itself in being a place where families can come gather. You’ll find a kids’ play area, family-friendly food and even entertainment from time to time in the form of musicians and movies.
700 NE Dekum St., Portland
- Hopworks Urban Brewery. No list of kid-friendly breweries would be complete without Hopworks on the list. You’ll find play areas for the kids to run around in as well as a welcoming attitude. Their kids menu is top-notch, and even includes organic baby food in addition to pizza strips, PB&J and pretzel dogs (among other offerings).
2944 SE Powell Blvd, Portland
3847 N Williams Ave, Portland
17707 SE Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver WA
- Laurelwood Brew Pub. Laurelwood’s got everything you want in a kid-friendly brew pub. Play area. Kids menu (which includes a mini ice cream sundae!). Coloring sheets. Fast service. Good food. A wide and changing variety of beer. The NE location even has patios. Yup, it’s a keeper.
5115 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland
6716 SE Milwaukie Ave., Portland
Locations also at the Portland airport and Moda Center
- Old Town Pizza. Fun fact: Old Town Brewing Company’s downtown location is said to be one of the oldest buildings in Portland. Built on top of the Shanghai Tunnels, perhaps that’s also why the location is rumored to be haunted. The small batch beer is scary good. And the service is top-notch: They’re quick with the crayons and coloring sheets, and have great food for kids and adults alike. (Because hello, pizza.)
226 NW Davis St., Portland
You can also find Old Town at 5201 NE MLK Blvd., Portland
- Ground Breaker Brewing. Gluten free doesn’t have to mean beer free anymore. Ground Breaker Brewing is a 100% gluten-free brewery and gastropub, which makes it an especially good fit for families with food intolerances and allergies. Also notable – their PB&J is an AB&J – made with almond butter.
2030 SE 7th, Portland
- McMenamins Kennedy School. Given its history as an old elementary school, it’s not surprisingly that the Kennedy School is a kid-friendly destination. Kennedy School has lots of options for hungry families – from grabbing a slice at their movie theater, to grabbing a pint in the Cypress Room. While you’re there, may as well catch a Mommy Matinee, soak in their soaking pool, or just run through the halls.
5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland
- Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom. This new-ish addition to the Woodstock dining scene has been a big draw for families since it opened last summer. (Don’t be surprised if you have to wait!) But the comfortable atmosphere and delicious craft beer will make the wait worth it. There’s a kids menu, with quesadilla, PB&J or ham and cheese – but with the delicious pizza on the menu, you may not need it.
4336 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland
Online Editor at PDX Parent
Ali Wilkinson is the Online Editor for PDX Parent, and is one of the founders of PDX Kids Calendar. She loves exploring Portland with her three small children, especially when the explorations lead outdoors, to music or to ice cream. You can read more from Ali at www.runknitlove.com.