Nearly every local brewery is committed to making itself a destination—where families and friends can stay all day, turning even a casual beer tasting into a full-blown play date. Here are a few doing it well. (Please confirm with venues in advance regarding the most up-to-date COVID-19 protocols.)
Bircus Brewing Company
At Bircus Brewing Company big-top entertainment is balanced with showstopping brews. Trapeze artists, fire jugglers, keg-walkers, and more perform alongside weekly food trucks, vintage vinyl nights, and an outdoor patio. You don’t need a ticket to enjoy the sights, sounds, and surreality of this beer-boosted circus stop, brought to life by the founder of Circus Mojo and a former Ringling Bros. clown.
Life-sized Scrabble? Yes, please. Brink Brewing is dog-friendly on its patio, plus has a dedicated Kids Corner with full-blown art supplies and games galore. Trivia Tuesdays, rotating food trucks for special events and a handful of nearby neighborhood restaurants that deliver to the brewery or offer carry-out fill out the fun.
Fifty West Brewing Company
Fifty West Brewing Company. offers a wide-open space for pure adventure and outdoor fun at its Burger Bar and Beer Garden. Take your pick from sand volleyball courts, corn hole, running clubs, live music, family games, gourmet roadside grill, and more. (Kids love digging and playing in the sand!) Plus, an on-site canoe and kayak livery and bike shop connect you directly to the Little Miami River and Trail.
FigLeaf Brewing Co.
FigLeaf Brewing Co. was built to draw families with kids, as the owners have nine among them! Test out your brain with Tuesday night triva or stretch out the weekend with the kids while enjoying a craft beer and a board game, or relax on the covered patio with your canine. The extensive pizza menu is sure to have a pie to please everyone in the family.
At Rivertown Brewery, kids and kids-at-heart will find the fun with old-school arcade classics that are always free-play—favorites like Tetris, Mortal Combat, and others. In between games, feast on the slow-smoked barbecue while adults enjoy a pint from one of 30 taps.
With large picnic-style tables both inside and out, family-friendly Sonder Brewing has space for families, friends and singles! Adults can enjoy a craft beer from the tap, and kids will love the food options from the on-site BrewRiver Kitchen. (What kid can say no to a freshly-baked chocolate chip cookie?) Plus, the large turf lawn game area provides entertainment for all ages.
West Side Brewing
West Side Brewing has a new event (and food truck) all the time. Sundays rock with Family Fun: free root beer floats, giant Jenga, Rock ’Em Sock ’Em Robots, and Connect 4, to name a few. The week follows with nights for charity, trivia, dogs, pop-up dinners and more.
Written by: Stephanie Meinberg; additional edits by Amber Potter.