Every once in a while, I start to wonder how life changes when you have children. If you and your significant other happen to have an affinity for tasty, hoppy beverages, you might even ask yourself, “Where I can find breweries near me that might accommodate kids?” It seems a little weird to think that someone would want to bring kids to a brewery, but if you stop for a second to think about it, you’ll realize it isn’t that odd an idea.
Think about a general family trip to a chain restaurant. You, your spouse, and the kids file into a booth, and start the process of ordering. If you and your spouse decide to have a cold beer, you have limited options but having a brew isn’t off the table. Everyone orders their food, there might be some crayons & coloring activities for the kids, you pack up leftovers, and you head home. You see this type of family outing everyday. So, what’s so “out there” about taking the kids with you to a brewery?
It may just be your perspective about what a brewery actually is. The modern brewery is not like the industrial-looking complexes that we’ve come to expect from the big beer companies. In those environments, the idea of children being around would be inconceivable. Nowadays, breweries are also hubs for the general public to gather for well-made, award-winning beer, as well as tremendous food options. In many respects, you could say that the modern brewery understands that as a business, being able to appeal to a larger audience makes the most sense, and families looking for a place to go out for the night is a segment of the population that is important to please.
So, the question, yet again, is all about finding breweries near me that I can take my family to for a nice family night out. Truth be told, it’s actually very easy. Here are a few tips:
Look for Breweries That Offer Food Options for All Ages – Do some research online & you’ll notice that modern breweries are now very avant garde in their design and aim to be more like restaurants.
See What Types of Activities There Are for Kids – While checking out their menus, you can also see what types of activities they have listed for younger patrons. Appealing to moms and dads is certainly “in”.
Ask Other Families for Advice – Whether it’s during play dates, drop-off at daycare, or even at PTA meetings, you know other parents who might have some insight as to places to check out that work for Mom, Dad, and the kiddos.
The idea of finding breweries near me may have seemed like an alien idea only a few years ago simply because I never would have thought I could enter a manufacturing facility for a night out. Ditto with being able to do it with the wife and kids. Still, for those of you still on the fence about the idea of a brewery being able to accommodate a family for a nice meal out on the town, keep in mind that times have changed. Breweries now are smaller ventures that are family-owned & want to appeal to the neighborhoods they call home. If they can offer great food, amazing beer, and a reason to not have to get a sitter, it means you & your family have yet another cool option for getting the whole gang together, and that’s always a reason to celebrate.