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.

I’ve found since living in Houston that it’s not only the home of some amazing baseball but also some awesome locally-brewed beers. With two young children and a teenager finding time for a proper date night for my husband and I isn’t always easy. So, we have turned to day-dates with the kids in tow and found some great local breweries who are so welcoming to our entire family {even our furry child, the German Shepherd}.

We are always in search of kid-friendly restaurants and have found Houston’s burgeoning beer scene to be a great place 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

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. Be sure to try Rocket Fuel {Vietnamese Coffee Porter} for a bold beer with the sweetness of milk stout and notes of coffee. Just so you know :: 8th Wonder does not accept cash.

COVID protocols :: 8th Wonder Brewing is not offering brewery tours or beer flights for patrons.

B52 Brewing
12470 Milroy Ln. /  Conroe, TX 77304
With over 7 acres of tree-lined outdoor space, B52 Brewing has to be the most peaceful {yet kid friendly} brewery in our area. They offer a wide variety of beers on tap along with housemade root beer and lemonade for the kids. You can enjoy food from one of their many food trucks while playing ping pong, cornhole or Jenga in their beautiful wooded Biergarten. 

COVID protocols :: B52 Brewing is requiring social distancing and masks for all guest.

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. Bakfish hosts many kid-centered events like, Books at Bakfish – picture library story hour, but at a brewery. 

COVID protocols :: Bakfish Brewing Co. is closely montioring CDC guidelines. Masks are required at all times except when guests are seated and/or eating and drinking. They do not accept parties larger than 10. Also, outdoor seating encouraged, and social distancing is enforced.

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. Look for a new brunch spot? City Acre’s chef serves up an amazing brunch each Saturday and Sunday. You have to try the French Chicken {a spin on the classic chicken and waffles, but with a think piece of french toast}.

COVID protocols :: City Acre Brewing only has outdoor seating at this time. Groups are limited to eight with social distancing and mask protocols in place. At this time, cash is not accepted, and all orders will be taken at your table.

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.

COVID protocols :: Eureka Heights requires masks except when seating and eating/drinking. Outdoor capacity is normal while indoor at 50%.

Galveston Island Brewery
8423 Stewart Rd. / Galveston, TX 77554
Whether you call the island your home or visit it’s beaches once a year, you will want to stop by Galveston Island Brewery. Just a block from the beach on the east end of Galveston, Galveston Island Brewery offers a great shaded lawn with playground and yard games. You will want to try their Pit Pat, Peanut Butter Porter. 

COVID protocols :: All Galveston Island Brewery tours are canceled. Social distancing is required, and all guests must wear a mask.

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. You will want to try the Kathrynator – it’s smooth and slightly sweet.  If beer’s not your thing, be sure to try the cold brew coffee or house-made root beer.

COVID protocols :: Holler Brewing Co. offers beer to-go, or you can enjoy a cold drink in their outdoor setting.

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. 

COVID protocols :: Karbach’s brewery tours are now on hold. You can come hang out in their biergarten or pick up your order curbside!

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. The kids will have a blast on No Label’s playground while you enjoy some great live music. 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! 

COVID protocols :: Masks are required when moving around No Label Brewing Co.

Megatron Brewery 
808 Russell Palmer Rd / Humble, TX 77399
This northeast Houston brewery awaits you on the weekends. Join the family in some fun yard games such as giant Jenga and cornhole, but make sure the kids are out by 10 PM so the adults can unwind. The new taproom is open and set up with unique designs that will peek your interests. Come out and enjoy some live music, too!

 

COVID protocols :: Megatron’s new taproom is great for social distancing to make families feel at ease. Mask are encouraged when not at your tables or when engaging with the staff.

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.

COVID protocols :: For safety reasons, cars will drive up to the hostess stand to be put on a list, if needed. Guests must wait in their cars prior to being seated. Groups can have no more than 10, and children must remain with their group at all times. The maze and other outdoor play areas are closed, and brewery tours are on hold. Masks are required when you are not at your table.

Saloon Door Brewing
105 Magellan Cir. / Webster, TX 77598
Saloon Door Brewing not only proclaims they have the Tastiest Draw in the West they also opening tell that they love families. With a wide variety of games and some pretty cool cowboy art what’s not to love! Your family can enjoy food from a variety of food trucks while you sip on a Catty Corner – Vanilla Cream Ale {it’s a complete throwback to a shake shop cream soda}. 

COVID protocols :: Masks are encouraged when not seated at your table.

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 like Halloween Family Fest.  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. Spindletap is now serving delicious pizza, I would suggest ordering The Magic Stick

COVID protocols :: Spindletap’s safety protocols include wearing masks inside the taproom unless seated. They have placed sanitizer at the entrance and on every table. Social distancing is required.

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 high 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.

COVID protocols :: Under the Radar Brewing asks that you continue to wear a mask when not seated at a table and practice social distancing. Their tables will remain spaced out for safety purposes.

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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8 COMMENTS

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. You left off some great ones… Texas Beer Refinery & Galveston Island brewery. We organize a family friendly brew crawl if you need some more input. City Acre is very rude towards children, they get frustrated at them taking up table space since the place is so small. I’d take that one off the list.

  4. Also, if you’re traveling up north of Houston on I45, you can’t beat B52 and Southern Star breweries for the kid-friendly aspect.

  5. I would add Texian Brewing in Richmond to this list also! It’s kind of far out but so are Baa Baa and No Label. They have a great outdoor area with lots of picnic tables and shade, and the inside is spacious. They usually have a food truck but you can also bring your own food. They usually have chalk, bubbles and blocks for the kids. There are always lots of families there so it never feels awkward. And the beer is great!

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