We at Boston Moms Blog love a delicious craft beer. We also love our children. So why not combine them?
Although Boston beer is synonymous with Samuel Adams, there is a plethora of craft breweries in the greater Boston area. Craft breweries are usually family friendly (and lots of times dog friendly too!). So pack some crayons and coloring books, and head out to enjoy one of these terrific breweries. Let’s be real — sometimes mom and dad need a fun adventure too! (And of course, please drink — and parent — responsibly.)
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 Boston Tap Room 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!
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 very 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.
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!
15 Ward St. :: Somerville
490 Foley St. :: Somerville
301 Canal St. :: Somerville
Somerville Brewing Company, the makers of Slumbrew craft ales, have multiple locations to visit. Head to the Ward Street headquarters for the tap room with full lunch and dinner menus. Check out the calendar for family-centric events like this one at the outdoor beer garden on Canal Street. The Canal Street beer garden and the Foley Street taproom are both around the corner from LEGOLAND Discovery Center! Each location has free parking during specific times.
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.
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.
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.
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 frequent food (and ice cream) trucks visiting.
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 add 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.
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.
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 their mac-and-cheese empanadas. There are food trucks on Fridays and Saturdays, and food delivery is encouraged. Board games are available too!
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!