We are always looking for breweries with delicious beer that can accommodate, if not outright serve as a destination for family time. It's a win win. In the spirit of Oktoberfest season, Matt and Steve shared their favorite breweries that meet this critical criteria:
Edison Brewing Company (Gahanna): This place is becoming our favorite spot in town, as it's totally catered to families, from the rustic, industrial look to the variety of European-inspired beers and the view looking out at the Cityscape of downtown. For those with really little ones, both bathrooms have changing tables and there's built-in entertainment as it sits on a hill directly between both runways of the John Glenn International Airport. Our son loves watching the airplanes as we drink our beers out on a picnic table.
DankHouse Brewing Co. (Newark): This one is a quick drive East on 161 and right off the highway, but the wide variety of beers and unique styles are worth it. They have tons of space outside and even a separated space inside that could help corral the little ones who like to run. Outside of a dope playlist, we love it because it's away of Columbus and feels like a road trip or getaway, while again being an easy drive.
Nocterra Brewing Co. (Powell): I wrote about this in a previous blog post about top hikes with kids being an excellent post hike stop to rehydrate and change the little hikers. If you're not a hiker, it's a stones throw from the Zoo. The vibe there is social and welcoming to everyone, especially the outdoors-minded people. The bathrooms have changing tables and is doable inside or outside with the family. I recommend the gorgeous outside space. On top of all that, the beer selection is just an added benefit of hitting up Nocterra. James at Nocterra was on our podcast earlier in the summer and has an incredible story of going from stay-at-home dad to beer authority.
Olentangy River Brewing (Lewis Center): Just across the way from Highbanks Metropark, my favorite place to refuel after a hike with our son is here. Whether you want a coffee (they offer Roosevelt Coffee) or a beer, they've got it. Try the Belgian Aloha - it won't disappoint!
Galena Brewing Company (Westerville): This choice is aided by the fact that it's walking distance from my house, but in sincerity, Galena Brewing touts being a family-friendly brewery. They offer a wide range of events, including live music and crab races (you'll have to check it out for more details). Their brews are unique, and the brewery is still a bit of a hidden gem.
BrewDog (Canal Winchester): This may be too easy, but the BrewDog location in Canal Winchester is a fun destination to take the family. You probably don't need me to tell you about the deliciousness of Elvis Juice, but the Canal Winchester location is huge and very accommodating for families. Fireworks and live music are frequent occurrences, and the food is great for both adults and kids.
Parsons North Brewing Company (south Columbus): Beers for friends. Beers for family. Beers for people. Parsons is built on bringing people together. Their beer is some of my favorite in town, and the space is very accommodating for all types of people, including young families. There's games and open space to enjoy.
Seventh Son Brewing (Italian Village): My kids have been to Seventh Son probably more than any other local brewery - mostly due to circumstance. It's a great, big space with tons of delicious beers, and when we are in the area, it's very common for me and my family to stop in for a quick beverage.
North High Brewing (Short North): This is a homer pick, because I'm friends with the founders. While the original taproom in Short North doesn't really offer much for kids, my wife took us there for my first Father's Day, so it holds sentimental value. For my money, the North High Pale Ale is one of the best everyday beers in Columbus, and I highly recommend the brewery tour if you get the chance.
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