Breweries are popping up all over the Boulder area, but is it OK to take your kids into what could be considered a bar? Turns out that most microbreweries are family friendly and even have activities, drinks, and snacks for kids. Check out our guide to Boulder’s most kid-friendly breweries.
- Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery: This quintessentially Boulder brewery is by far one of the most kid friendly brewpubs around. There are three Boulder locations: Mountain Sun is on Pearl Street, while Southern Sun and Under the Sun are both located on Broadway. They boast a full kids’ menu, all of which is made from scratch and organic when organic ingredients are available. Board games are nestled in bookshelves to keep kids occupied while parents dine or socialize with friends. The noise level is rather high, which is good when eating with kids – no one will notice all the fun they’re having. The staff here is never anything but relaxed and friendly, making the experience stress free and a good time for all.
- Fate Brewing: Fate Brewing is one of those special places where atmosphere, beer, and food all meet together to become a great experience. With plenty of meals for your kids to choose from, they’ll eat happily while you enjoy the ambience. Come for weekend brunch for the perfect way to kick off your weekend. 1600 38th Street Boulder, CO 80301
- BRU: Take your kids out for ice cream sandwiches while you check out some happy hour ales. Bru feels like a gastropub with all their amazing food, but everyone is sure to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. Also notable for kids are the pizzas, which are handmade, fresh, and irresistible. 5290 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303
Breweries Outside of Boulder, but Absolutely Noteworthy
- New Belgium: This is a favorite brewery outside of Boulder due to an amazing hour-long tour where you get to sample lots of beer. The tour is a blast – they have a scavenger hunt in the mash tun room for kids to locate a hidden mosaic of Spongebob Squarepants in the artwork. At the end of the tour, everyone gets a turn to go down a twisted metal slide inside the building that stretches from the top floor. Stay afterwards for Izzie sodas, playing in a vintage Airstream trailer, live music, food trucks, and a top-notch gift shop. Be aware that these tours are coveted and sometimes it takes weeks to get tickets. 500 Linden Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524
- Odell Brewing: Kids are also welcome to come on this tour. It is a faster tour than New Belgium’s, which can be a plus when going with children. The tasting room is very large, and has some fun local sodas for kids. They also tend to have food trucks here, where you can make sure the kids’ tummies are full so you can enjoy your beer. Try sitting outside next to their massive fire pit, which is decorated with the bottle label art in iron. 800 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524
- Left Hand Brewery: The tasting room of Left Hand is kid-friendly, while the tour is not (they must be 12 to go on the tour). However, the tasting room has some delicious root beers to rival the real beers, and some yummy snacks for kids. Try sitting on the patio to listen to live music and also where it’s OK to be a little loud and run around. 265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO 80501