Babies & Beer :: A Guide to Houston’s Kid-Friendly Breweries

Disclaimer :: While we know we probably don’t have to say this, we will anyway…  Houston Moms Blog advocates for RESPONSIBLE drinking – whether you have kids in tow or not.  If you opt for checking out one {or all} of the Houston’s kid-friendly breweries listed below, be sure to plan ahead, designate a driver, and ensure everyone in your group drinks responsibly each and every time.  ResponsibleDrinking.Org has great information and tips to keep in mind.

Babies & Beer :: A Guide to Houston’s Kid-Friendly Breweries | Houston Moms Blog

Beer and babies go together like … peanut butter and jelly? Let it be known, sometimes mom and dad just need a cold beer. In our pre-kid days, we used to frequent bars, pubs, breweries, and beer gardens. So when our daughter was born, we vowed to not let being parents slow us down and stop us from doing the things we loved doing, like drinking awesome locally-brewed beers.  

We are always in search of kid-friendly restaurants and have found Houston’s burgeoning beer scene to be a great place to for parents and kids alike. And as an added bonus, I’ve found that there is a lot of overlap between kid-friendly and dog-friendly establishments too.

So what makes a brewery kid-friendly? Here’s my criteria ::

  1. Open Space. Room to run around, roam, explore, etc.
  2. Games. Cornhole, giant Jenga, board games, and more.
  3. The Crowd. Who usually hangs out here? Who are the regulars?
  4. The Noise-Level. We certainly don’t want to be sitting next to a business meeting or an awkward first date.
  5. Things to Keep Stimulated. Are there lots of things to look at, smell, hear?  We want a multi-sensory experience.
  6. Good Beer. Local brewers, local clients; good hops, good malts, good carbonation.

A Guide to Houston’s Kid-Friendly Breweries

Baa Baa Brewhouse
539 FM 359 Rd S, #7 / Brookshire, TX 77423
Just west of Houston, Baa Baa Brewhouse is a family-owned brewery with an emphasis on family.  Between the indoor play area, outdoor playground, arts & crafts station, and more – the little ones will be just as entertained as the grown-ups {or maybe even more!}.  While they may be one of the newer breweries in this batch, they are definitely making a big impression on families near and far!

Bakfish Brewing Co.
1231 Broadway St. / Pearland, TX 77581
If you are headed to Pearland for BBQ at Killen’s, be sure to grab a cold one at Bakfish. The goal of the owners was to open a brewery where adults and families could enjoy themselves. They have a 2,000 sq. ft. indoor taproom with a large covered outdoor patio. Thursday-Sunday they have food trucks with yummy options for adults and kids alike. Occasionally, they have a bounce house weekend for kids and free ice pops when the weather’s hot.

City Acre Brewing
3418 Topping St. / Houston, TX 77093
In addition to beer, City Acre features house-made sodas and lemonade and plenty of menu items that little ones can enjoy. The chef enjoys taking kids to the garden and helping them pick their own veggies. Be sure to try the Dragons Breath Frites with a Hitchcock Blonde. Hint :: Join the mug club {$29.95 for one or $49.95 for a couple} to get 25% more beer for the cost of a pint.

Eureka Heights Brewing Company
941 W 18th St. / Houston, TX 77008
Creating a kid-friendly space was a big priority for the founders of Eureka Heights. In addition to changing stations in both restrooms {Hooray! Dad’s on diaper duty!}, they have a few non-alcoholic drink options and plenty of games for kids to enjoy. The atmosphere is laid-back, and the employees clearly love beer and their jobs. Do yourself a favor and try the Moo Caliente stout for a party in your mouth.

Holler Brewing Co.
2206 Edwards St. / Houston, TX 77007
If you’re looking for a more adult-centered experience where kids are welcome, Holler Brewing is your place. Owned and operated by a husband-wife duo, Holler offers high-quality beer with a great atmosphere. Just a warning: they play unedited versions of music and sometimes the crowd can get a bit rowdy, so be sure to pack your Doc Martens. If you’re looking to be in the company of other families, Saturdays are your best bet. Bonus :: You can bring your own food and drinks. They also have high chairs and unisex bathroom stalls with changing tables. Do you like banana bread and nutty and caramel overtones? Be sure to try the Holler Dunkelweizen. If beer’s not your thing, be sure to try the cold brew coffee.

Karbach Brewing Company
2032 Karbach St. / Houston, TX 77092
If you are looking for picnic tables and space for running around, Karbach is your place. The biergarten opens at 11 am – just enough time to sample some beers before nap-time. We love that there’s lots of parking, so no need to fight for a spot. Karbach also has a restaurant if you get the munchies after sampling. Hint :: Pack a picnic and come early to get a table. They have live bands, food trucks, and cornhole. Also, every Wednesday Karbach has their Blues Society concert. For an any-season kind of beer, try the Weisse Versa, a Hefeweizen-style beer, perfect with a slice of orange.

No Label Brewing Co. *Houston Moms Blog Favorite*
5351 1st S. / Katy, TX 77493
If you’re rocking the suburbs, be sure to visit Katy’s very own No Label. Located in an old grain plant, No Label has an urban, rustic feel, featuring delicious beers and friendly bartenders. Hint :: On Saturdays they have a $10 deal: 7-ounce tasting glass with four drink tickets. Just be sure to show up early so you can grab a table, and feel free to bring toys for the kids and a picnic lunch for the family!  For a floral experience, try the Forbidden Lavender, a Belgian style witbier with lavender flowers.

Saint Arnold Brewing Company
2000 Lyons Ave. / Houston, TX 77020
As Texas’ oldest craft brewery, Houston’s very own Saint Arnold Brewing has been very kid-friendly since the day they opened. They make their own root beer {with Imperial Cane Sugar, no high-fructose corn syrup here}, which pairs great with Mexican Vanilla ice cream from Fat Cat Creamery. They have an array of games, and kids are welcome to go on the beer tour with their parents. Throughout the year, they feature special events, including a visit from Saint Nick during “Christmas Week” at the brewery. For a beer with a side of philanthropy, try the Ale Wagger; a portion of the proceeds from this brew are donated to local rescue organizations to improve the lives of animals in our communities.

Spindletap Brewing
10622 Hirsch Rd. / Houston, TX 77016
Spindletap has easy access picnic tables in the taproom, outside area, and brewery that little kids can climb into and safely sit. They have many families out on a regular basis and do many events that cater to kids. Every weekend there are tons of kids at the brewery, and because the owners have young children themselves, they are committed to creating a welcoming space for families. It’s not uncommon to see parents with newborn babies and their full spread of baby gear beside a few pint glasses. So don’t worry, you will be in good company. Most importantly, they feature kid-focused events. The owners know that adults won’t enjoy themselves if their kiddos aren’t having fun.

Town in City Brewing
1125 W Cavalcade St. / Houston, TX 77009
Town In City is Houston Heights’ oldest brewery and a favorite for local families. In addition to children, the patio is often full of four-legged friends. The brewery has coloring supplies and board games to keep everyone entertained. For a true Houston experience, be sure to try the Mosquito’s Revenge American Pale Ale.

Under the Radar Brewing
1506 Truxillo St. / Houston, TX 77004
For a Saturday morning family outing, be sure to check out Under the Radar. Although the beer selection is limited, the brews are highly quality and pack a punch. They open at 10 am on Saturdays, perfect for grabbing a few beers before afternoon nap. If you are looking for an easy late-morning drinking beer, try Radar Love, perfect for the Houston summers.

8th Wonder Brewing
2202 Dallas St. /  Houston, TX 77003
8th Wonder is EaDo’s premier brewery. There’s plenty of space to bring race cars, trains, etc. and lots of open space. The taproom features a giant wall of empty cans and Houston sports team memorabilia. Bonus :: They have kombucha {a delicious fermented tea} on tap. Be sure to try Rocket Fuel {Vietnamese Coffee Porter} for a bold beer with the sweetness of milk stout and notes of coffee.

So what do you say? Let’s get out there, Moms, and enjoy a cold one while hanging out with our families! Cheers!

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3 Responses to Babies & Beer :: A Guide to Houston’s Kid-Friendly Breweries

  1. Traci January 22, 2017 at 3:27 pm #

    Eureka heights is THE BEST! we just hosted my daughter’s first birthday at Eureka. Best first party venue ever.

  2. Cellarman Mark January 25, 2017 at 12:00 pm #

    Mark the Cellarman/bartender from No Label here…thanks for the shout out! Have been coming since we opened 6 years ago and definately kid friendly! It’s nice to see the kids playing by the rice driers!

  3. Katharine January 25, 2017 at 9:03 pm #

    You forgot about Texas Beer Refinery in Dickerson! Very kid friendly since the owners both have kids 3 and under! Check it out if you haven’t yet!

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