Breweries are becoming a family affair
Are you getting tired of taking the kids to the same places every weekend? Clark County but especially Vancouver is starting to boom with a variety of kid-friendly places that even the adults will enjoy. The places I’m referring too are breweries and taprooms. Clark County sat on the way-side for a number of years while Portland got all the attention. Now it’s time for Clark County to shine. Breweries have been popping up rapidly within the last 2-3 years and the best part, they cater to families. If you live in the area or thinking of visiting soon check out these fine breweries – don’t worry the kids will enjoy themselves too.
Trap Door Brewery & Taproom – Located in the heart of Uptown Village area of Vancouver. It is a 15 barrel brewery that brews on-site making local favorite IPA’s, Wheat -Style brews, and Coffee Stouts. Enjoy the large patio and the kids are welcome until 8pm. Feeling hungry? They got it covered by inviting 2 local food trucks parked outside or order pizza from Vancouver Pizza Company (I believe they deliver). Another great way for the kids to pass the time -board games, of course! The kids will forget they’ve been wanting to go home after a few rounds of Connect Four. The whole family to enjoy will an evening on the town.
Fortside Brewing Company – Centrally located in Vancouver and tucked away off of Andresen, this taproom opened last April. Kids are allowed inside and can enjoy a Fortside Rootbeer while mom and dad sample a few of their 11 brews. They don’t have a kitchen but the best food trucks of Clark County stop by daily, right outside their front door. If the kids are still feeling anxious, have them check out G6 Airpark, right next door, as they bounce the night away!
Ghost Runners Brewery – This 10 barrel brewery located off of Minnehaha in Vancouver. You will enjoy looking at all the running metals that decorate the inside of their brewery. The kids will enjoy the bookcase full of games and toys, or challenge them to a game of pool or ping pong. Outside food is welcome and encouraged since they focus strictly on brewing.
Rail Side Brewing – Located in the Hazel Dell area of Vancouver, this brewery / taproom is great stop for brews and a bite to eat. Sample a variety of static brews or one of their small batches that also bring in the crowds. When the weather is nice the large front door will be open and they recently announced they will be expanding their outdoor seating for the spring and summer. If the kids are hungry, their pizza will keep them smiling. The dough is made from scratch and hand tossed for an authentic experience. Tired of pizza, that’s ok. They have nachos, chips and salsa, and 2 different sandwiches to cure the “hangry”. Stop by and enjoy some great beer (sometimes cider too) and the sunshine.
Grapes ‘n Growlers – Wanting to try a variety of brews or wine from the Northwest / West Coast? Check this taproom and restaurant for the whole family that boosts over 45 taps that include: 9 local wines, brews, ciders, and 4 taps of Brew Dr. Kombucha and Crater Lake Root Beer for the kiddos. Their food menu will keep you and the kids full with a variety of panini sandwiches and every kids’ favorite – PBJ. Read more about Grapes ‘n Growlers here.
Heavy Metal Brewing – What a unique spin off of your typical brewery! This brewery / bottle shop/ restaurant / music venue was a treat for the whole family. Plenty of beers on tap or choose from their bottle shop which include non-alcoholic drinks, and wine too. Tap beers include their own as well as guest taps. The kids will rock the time away with a bin full of board games, colors, cards, and a pinball machine. Hungry? Don’t forget to try their pizza – soooo good and stay for the live music!
Heathen Brewing Feral Public House – Located in downtown Vancouver this public house is sure to please the whole family. 37 taps which include a variety of homemade brews, guest taps, ciders, wines and kombucha. The extensive food menu and kids menu will fulfill every’s appetite. Be sure to check out their happy hour menu and weekly specials. Read more about Heathen Brewing here.
Barrel Mountain Brewery – This brewery is a town favorite in north Clark County in downtown Battle Ground. The backwoods feel inside this brewery is a great place for the whole family. On sunny days enjoy their large outdoor patio and play a few games of Corn Hole. The beer flight is sure to please. The food caters to those with an appreciation of great food such as gourmet burgers, salmon nachos, grilled chicken lettuce wraps, braised duck mac n’ cheese, and so much more! Don’t worry the kids menu is traditional and will keep them smiling.
Rusty Grape Vineyard – This winery and brewery is a great find just outside of Battle Ground. The wine flight and beer flight is probably the best value around! The wood – fired pizza will sure to be a hit with the kids and their mac and cheese too. Enjoy the outdoors with their spacious patio and let the kids run around on the grassy area while mom and dad enjoy some beer and wine. Great specials throughout the week like BOGO pizza and growler fills on Wednesdays, and live music Thursday through Saturdays.
Northwood Public House & Brewery – Located in historic Battle Ground this restaurant serves up it’s own brews from Little Dipper Brewing Company, as well many guest taps and wine to quench your thirst – 21 taps to be exact. The kids will enjoy the kids corner where they can play with toy trains, read books, and play games. The large menu features everything from heavy appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches, entrees and more. Saturday nights there is live music to keep the family entertained.
Have you visited one or many of these places with your family? Which place is your favorite and why? Share your comments below and share any new places that your family enjoys.