Boston Brews for You :: Guide to Family-Friendly Breweries

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Do you have a love for craft beer? Are you looking for a fun night out? Why not check out one of the many fantastic breweries Greater Boston has to offer? Many are family friendly, so pack up the kids and enjoy the local flavor! 

Boston Moms encourages you to have fun, but also to drink responsibly! 

Dorchester Brewing Company

1250 Massachusetts Ave. :: Boston (Dorchester)

This brewery really loves its neighborhood. Offering a 20-line tap in addition to house Dorchester Brewing Co. beers, there are offerings from local brewing partners and regional collaborators. The taproom has plenty for all — games, Wi-Fi, a beautiful outdoor patio, appetizers available anytime for purchase, takeout and delivery menus, and fresh beer to go. Seltzer and soda are offered to the non-drinking crowd, and picnicking is encouraged. The brewery does become 21+ on Fridays and Saturdays after 6 p.m. Check out their calendar, which is chock full of fun pop-up events. An added bonus is free, on-street parking!

Harpoon Brewery and Beer Hall

306 Northern Ave. :: Boston (Seaport)

While not technically a “craft brewery,” Harpoon’s expansiveness just lends itself to a wider audience. There are large picnic tables for seating, so bring coloring books and crayons to set up shop. In addition to the locally known beer, Harpoon’s Beer Hall serves the most delicious pretzels with specialty dips! The staff is very knowledgeable, and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly! The Beer Hall is 21+ all day on Saturday. Located in the Seaport District, Harpoon is the perfect place to grab a cold beer and a snack after visiting the Boston Children’s Museum. 

Jack’s Abby 

100 Clinton St. :: Framingham

Jack and his wife, Abby (see what they did there?), have young kids, and you can tell by the family-friendly atmosphere of this Framingham beer hall. Jack’s Abby brews lagers — and only lagers! Snacks, a full lunch and dinner menu, and high chairs to contain the munchkins accompany the lager-filled menu.

Trillium Brewing Company

369 Congress St. :: Boston (Seaport)
110 Shawmut Rd. :: Canton

The Fort Point location in the Seaport District only has container takeaway beer, so if you are looking to relax and consume a beer immediately, your best bet is to head down to Canton. Fortunately, their beer patio is open and waiting for you! The brewery hosts lots of yummy pop-up food trucks. Check out the schedule here. Trillium is also dog-friendly, so it’s a fun place to be for the puppy-obsessed kiddo!

Cambridge Brewing Company

1 Kendall Square, Building 100 :: Cambridge 

If you are looking for a brewery that feels more like a restaurant than a brewery, Cambridge Brewing Company is your place. They have high chairs, an extensive food menu, and a full menu of drinks other than beer! 

Winter Hill Brewing Company

328 Broadway :: Somerville

This Somerville establishment is coffee shop by morning and brewery by late afternoon. The brews are made on site. Winter Hill is a small-batch brewery (they have six on tap), but the selection offers something for everyone. An unusual bonus here is that there is a full, delicious menu available. There is free Wi-Fi, too! High chairs and changing tables are available. 

Lamplighter Brewing Company

284 Broadway :: Cambridge

Lamplighter is a neighborhood brewery serving half pours, full pours, and flights. There are free snacks and board games available. They share space with Longfellows Café, where you can pick up breakfast fare until 3 p.m. There is also a full schedule of pop-up food trucks and a bring-your-own-food policy.

Aeronaut Brewing Company

14 Tyler St. :: Somerville

Make it a brew tour by hitting Aeronaut and Somerville Brewing on the same day. On Sunday afternoons, there is live music at the taproom. Sundays are also their group community picnic day, with dedicated family-friendly programming every week. Food is bring-your-own, or have it delivered. Affiliated with the brewing company is Aeronaut Allston, a beer garden summertime music lineup every Wednesday and Friday evening. This kid- and dog-friendly venue is a fun spot for local musical talent.

Untold Brewing 

6 Old Country Way :: Scituate

Located in this lovely seaside town on the South Shore, Untold is housed in a renovated schoolhouse. In keeping with the theme, there is a small area with a chalkboard and antique child’s school desk for kids to use their imaginations. There is a nice patio with picnic tables and umbrellas to provide some shade. Untold Brewing encourages bring-your-own food and offers a list of local eateries with takeout and delivery. They also have food (and ice cream) trucks on site regularly.

Notch Brewing and Tap Room 

283R Derby St. :: Salem
525 Western Ave. :: Brighton

The Salem location of this brewery and taproom has both indoor seating and a fenced-in beer garden that is open year round (sun, snow, whatever!). Enjoy the South River basin in the warm months, or hang out at heated stand-up tables in the cold months. The kids will be thrilled to catch a view of harbor seals, birds of all types, and striped bass when they are running. Head on over to Brighton for a totally different experience — the biergarten is located in the center of the Charles River Speedway facility!

Stellwagen Beer Company

100 Enterprise Dr. :: Marshfield

This is a brand-new brewery down the road from Untold in Scituate. They are still getting their brewing sea legs, but it is a fun addition to a South Shore brew tour. Stellwagen has an entire corner dedicated to kids’ games and coloring supplies. Pull a miniature Adirondack chair out to their large outdoor area — it feels like a backyard with its fenced-in area, picnic tables, and grassy knoll. They offer snacks and non-beer drinks, but feel free to bring your own food and non-alcoholic drinks. There are also food trucks on occasion. 

Widowmaker Brewing

220 Wood Rd. :: Braintree

This brewery has a very cool industrial vibe with ample seating. The most unique claim to fame at Widowmaker is that they provide lawn games to be played inside the taproom! There are complimentary snack stations and a full food truck calendar. The brewery offers half pours, full pours, flights, and beer to go.

Barrel House Z

95 Woodrock Rd. :: Weymouth

The beer here is small batched and barrel aged, making it super fresh and on a quick rotating schedule. There is a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. There are many families around for friend-making opportunities. In addition to great beer, Barrel House Z is known for its mac-and-cheese empanadas. There are food trucks on Fridays and Saturdays, and food delivery is encouraged. Board games are available too!

Nightshift Brewing

87 Santilli Highway :: Everett

Nightshift is a very popular, very busy brewery north of town. Head there on the early side to score a communal table in their taproom or on their dog-friendly patio. Nightshift offers more types of beer than an average craft brewery and offers beers to go. There are board games and lawn games to play. There is a full calendar of food trucks, but feel free to bring your own snacks or pizza!

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