Mom of the Year? It’s more like Mom with a Beer (if I’m lucky!) for this working mom with a busy toddler.
Sometimes parents just need to kick back and relax, and it’s wonderful when a fun date can include your little one too. Washington State law doesn’t allow kiddos into bars, but breweries are totally acceptable! Here are five of the most kid-friendly breweries the Emerald City has to offer.
Optimism Brewing Company
Optimism Brewing Company is a Seattleite’s dream come true, with something for beer lovers, dog owners, tech geeks and parents alike. This 16,000 square-foot brewery on Capitol Hill features simply-named, tasty beers and a rotating cast of food trucks. The huge space means there’s plenty of room for kids, four-legged friends and relaxed beer tasting. (They even allow kid’s birthday parties!) Try the Timber if you’re a dark beer fan.
Elliott Bay Brewing
This one is a shout-out to all of my south-end mom and dad friends. This Burien brewery has perfected the trifecta of great kid-friendly breweries: Fast service, Happy Hour prices no matter where you’re sitting and, of course, delicious beer. (The original location is in West Seattle, but I prefer this one!)
While this article should be primarily about beer, I need to take a moment to talk about the kids’ menu at Elliott Bay. It was clearly designed by someone who understands a child’s palate. My one-year-old can’t believe her luck when the Kid’s Platter arrives, full of mandarin oranges, black olives, cheese slices, pita bread, cucumbers and turkey.
The servers here know their stuff, so I suggest describing what you like and letting the staff help you make a pick from their rotating menu of brews.
Chuck’s Hop Shop
Oh, Chuck’s Hop Shop, how I love you so. You were there for me when my husband and I finally wandered out of our house in the Central District with our newborn; unshowered, hollow-eyed and desperate for adult interaction. I had the cider sampler and a breakfast sandwich from the food truck parked outside, and everything was right again in the world.
Schooner Exact Brewing Co.
This SoDo brewery has fantastic beers, but is definitely my pick for best adult food of the bunch, especially if you’re headed out for brunch. I dare you to try and pick between a Hop-Cured Salmon Benedict, Breakfast Enchiladas made with homemade masa tortillas, or a Croque Madame with Applewood bacon and gruyere cheese. Meanwhile, the kids can have a mini breakfast sandwich or my personal favorite, noodles with butter. (Because who doesn’t like noodles with butter?) The adults can even wash all of that goodness down with a beermosa.
Weekends are always packed at this popular Fremont brewery and you’ll likely find as many dogs as kids relaxing around the fantastic porch. This is my pick for summertime swigging and is a great place to bring a picnic lunch. Try the Universale Pale Ale, a favorite named after Fremont, the self-proclaimed “Center of the Universe.” It’s got a great malt flavor and light hop spice.