When it comes to craft beers, Austinites sure know a thing or two. With a seemingly infinite number of local breweries in the surrounding area, there’s no shortage of great places to grab a frosty pint with a pal. But what about breweries that you can take the kids to?
What we love about the local brewery scene is that so many spots have designated themselves as family-friendly! If you’re a parent who’s a beer lover, you can bring the tots along with you while you kick back and relax — of course, with a designated driver at the ready.
With a wee bit of our own research and some reader recommendations, we present to you our list of Best Family-Friendly Breweries Around Austin…
— Family Business Beer Company (Dripping Springs)
This family-owned brewery is worth the drive to Dripping Springs to relax on their 15 acres of shaded hill country property. Enjoy 15 rotating craft beers on draft, live music, outdoor games such as horseshoes, corn hole and bocce ball, a playground for the kid, and cajun cuisine from Jep’s Southern Roots food truck. Keep track of their music schedule on their Facebook page.
— The ABGB
The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company (ABGB) is a great place to hang in South Austin. This is an all ages, pet friendly venue with big picnic tables for easy outdoor drinking and dining. The ABGB philosophy is “Beer Makes It Better”, and their craft brews are definitely worth sampling. Head over for happy hour, dive into their great food menu and stick around for live music (some early shows start at 6:30 p.m.)
— Jester King Brewery
This farmhouse brewery in Southwest Austin, is a definite favorite among parents. With great pizza from Stanley’s Farmhouse onsite and lots of outdoor space, yard games and a sand area, it’s a good spot to keep the kiddos happy.
— Uncle Billy’s Brewery
A great stop after a swim down the road in Barton Springs or a post-play session at the Zilker Playground, Uncle Billy’s offers award-winning craft beers, along with crafted cocktails and Texas BBQ. Check out some live music on their big outdoor patio, too.
— St. Elmo Brewing Company
With a real neighborhood vibe, this beer garden is a great place to spend some time. In addition to their selection of beers, you’ll also find coffee and sodas, the Soursop food truck, and live music, and lots of outdoor seating for the kids.
— Pinthouse Pizza & Craft Brewpub
The kids love going to Pint House for pizza and the small selection of vintage arcade games. We love the open seating, casual vibes and award-winning craft brews. Pop in to either their South or North/Central locations.
— Lazarus Brewing Co.
This East 6th hot spot not only features plenty of craft beers, but they also have a great wine menu, a full espresso bar, and street Mexican bites. Kids friendly, they even have high chairs and a kids treasure chest with books & games — plus rootbeer on tap!
— Rentsch Brewery – (Georgetown)
Georgetown’s only craft brewery has something unique going on — it is run entirely on wind and solar power making our production 100% renewable, one of only a handful in the world. They feature Old World German and New World American style beer but also serve several non-alcoholic beverages including lemonade & kombucha. The beergarden has plenty of room for the whole family, with yard games outdoors and board games indoors.
— NXNW Restaurant and Brewery
Quite simply, at either the North or South location, you’ll simply find great food and great brews. Enjoy more of a restaurant setting than some of these breweries on this list, and choose from a full menu including weekend brunch and a kids’ menu. You’ll often find balloon artists there on weekends, too.
— Live Oak Brewing Company
Located near the airport, Live Oak has plenty of room to kick back and enjoy a cold beer and fresh food from The Black Forest. This family-friendly venue also has a 9-hole disk golf course also welcomes well-behaved, furry friends on leash, too.
— Bluebonnet Beer Company (Round Rock)
A true family-run business, this started in 2013 as the dream of husband and wife team to share flavorful, award-winning craft beers with the community. Keep track of their food truck schedule and special events on their Facebook page.
— Vista Brewing (Driftwood, TX)
Vista Brewing is one of the Hill Country’s newer destinations offering world-class beer and local cuisine, all in a family friendly environment. The 21-acre property offers plenty of shade, outdoor picnic tables, tree swings, a stage for live music and a kids playground area with plenty of room for the kiddos to roam while mom and dad enjoy a cold beer or glass of wine.
MORE TO EXPLORE:
We know that there’s plenty more! You might also wish to check out:
- Oasis Texas Brewing Company
- 4th Tap Brewing Co-Op
- Hops & Grain Brewing
- Independence Brewing Company
- Hi Sign Brewing
- Last Stand Brewing Company
- Oskar Blues Brewery
- (512) Brewing Company
We hope you enjoy some of these local craft beers, friends, but always remember to drink responsibly!