Every now and then, I start to wonder how life changes when you have children. If you and your partner have an affinity for tasty, hop-flavored beverages, you might even ask yourself, “Where can I find breweries near me that can accommodate kids?” It seems a bit strange to think that someone would want to take children to a brewery, but if you stop for a second to think about it, you will realize that it is not such a strange idea.
Think of a general family trip to a chain of restaurants. You, your spouse, and the children enter a booth and begin the ordering process. If you and your spouse decide to have a cold beer, you have limited options, but having a beer is not out of the question. Everyone orders their food, there may be some crayons and coloring activities for the kids, pack up the leftovers, and go home. You see these kinds of family outings every day. So what about “out there” about taking the kids with you to a brewery?
It may simply be your perspective on what a brewery really is. The modern brewery is not like the industrial-looking complexes we expect from large breweries. In those settings, the idea of children around would be unthinkable. Today, breweries are also hubs for the general public to come together for award-winning, well-brewed beer and great food options. In many respects, you could say that the modern brewery understands that as a business, being able to appeal to a wider audience makes more sense, and families looking for a place to go out at night are a segment of the population that is important to please.
So the question, once again, is 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 some tips:
Look for breweries that offer food options for all ages – Do some research online and you will notice that modern breweries are now very foreground in their design and are intended to be more like restaurants.
See what types of activities are for children – As you go through their menus, you can also see what types of activities they have listed for younger customers. Attracting moms and dads is definitely “in”.
Ask other families for advice – Whether it’s during play dates, when dropped off at daycare, or even at PTA meetings, meet other parents who might have some idea of places to see that work for Mom, Dad, and the kids.
The idea of finding breweries near me may have seemed like a strange idea just a few years ago simply because I never would have thought that I could walk into a manufacturing plant for a night out. The same goes for being able to do it with your wife and children. Still, for those of you who are still undecided about the idea that a brewery can accommodate a family for a good meal in town, keep in mind that times have changed. Breweries are now smaller businesses that are family-owned and want to appeal to the neighborhoods they call home. If they can offer great food, amazing beer, and a reason not to have to get a babysitter, it means that you and your family have another great option to get the whole gang together, and that’s always a reason to celebrate.