Houston's craft beer scene is top-notch, which we probably don't have to tell you. But what might come as a surprise is that it's also very kid-friendly; some of the area's best brews are housed in stellar spaces with outdoor games and room to play. Here are some spots we love to go as a family because there is room for the kids to run around, they are unpretentious, they don't make my husband and I feel bad if our toddler starts malfunctioning during our visit, and the beer is delicious.
For our favorite kid-friendly eateries, check out our roundup of restaurants with plenty of playing room.
Photo courtesy Bearded Fox Brewing Co.
Bearded Fox Brewing - Tomball
11729 Spring Cypress Road
Bearded Fox opened in 2014 and has a great area of outdoor picnic tables where you can enjoy the brews as the kids run and play. The taproom is open Thursday through Sunday, and a different food truck makes an appearance every day.
Baileson Brewing - South Central
2322 Bissonnet St
This small, neighborhood brewpub is worth a stop when you're looking for good beer and a cool place to hang out on the weekend. Owned by a husband-wife team, the atmosphere is friendly, the beers are hoppy, and you're sure to leave satisfied.
BAKFISH Brewing Co. - Pearland
1231 Broadway St.
This microbrewery has a spacious interior as well as a large, covered patio complete with oversized yard games. The taproom is open all week, and there are food trucks present almost every day.
Related: Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free in Houston
B-52 Brewing Co. - Conroe
12470 Milroy Lane
B-52, pictured in the top of this article, is worth the drive up to Conroe. It has a beautiful outdoor seating area with games, and the year it was opened it was named "Best New Brewery in Texas," according to its website. The taproom is open Wednesday-Sunday.
Photo courtesy City Acre Brewing
City Acre Brewing - Northside
3418 Topping St.
This place is just flat-out cool. It's located next to a Victorian-style home complete with a huge lawn and outdoor seating area. You can order your young ones a housemade soda as you sip on your IPA, and the food menu features finger-licking Southern fare, like chicken and waffles and burgers. The tap room is open Wednesday through Sunday and from 4-7pm you can get $1 off all beers in honor of happy hour.
Eureka Heights Brewing Co. - Heights
941 W 18th St.
With a name that comes from the Eureka Heights fault system that runs under their brewery and was an important part of the development of Houston, you know this place is going to be a cool spot to hang. Plus, they have a slew of interesting beers to boot. Kids are welcome in the brewery, dogs are welcome on the patio, and everyone is welcome to come on over and have a good time.
Great Heights Brewing - Northside
938 Wakefield Drive
When it comes to kids, the owners of Great Heights Brewing get it - they have kids too and they welcome families with kids of all ages. While you sip a craft brew the kids can dine on popcorn and sodas and play yard games. The tap room is only closed on Mondays, you can bring your own food, have it delivered, or order from The Purple Flour pizza truck (on site Wednesday through Sunday), and your pups are welcome to join on the patio.
Holler Brewing Co. - Woodland Heights
2206 Edwards St.
Holler opened in November 2016, has an outdoor patio for the kids to play, and enthusiastically welcomes your four-legged friends, too! Stop by the tap room Wednesday through Sunday for tasty beers and dine on food truck fare Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Not a fan of the food? Not a problem; you can even bring your own food!
Karbach Brewing Company - Spring Branch
2032 Karbach St.
This Houston staple has a massive taproom and space for hanging out or even hosting events. It doubles as a restaurant that's open every day of the week and features a massive outdoor patio. And if you're planning on hanging out in the Biergarten, dogs are welcome, too.
Photo via Impact a Hero
No Label Brewing Co. - Katy
5351 1st St.
This Katy hotspot, located in the city's historic district near the old Katy silos, is open every day of the week and also typically hosts food trucks most days, but always on Saturdays - along with live music! It's also pet-friendly and hosts events throughout the year. Check the calendar before you go!
Saint Arnold Brewing Co. - Downtown
2000 Lyons Ave.
In case you haven't heard, Saint Arnold's is Houston's (and Texas') oldest craft brewery. So if you venture nowhere else, you have to make a stop at this beloved brewery at least once. They also have a restaurant and beer garden, which feature more of Saint Arnold's delicious beer, food, and family-friendly atmosphere.
Southern Star Brewery - Conroe
3525 N Frazier St.
We know, another long drive from Houston's center. But trust us - it's worth it! Not only do they craft some of my personal favorite brews in the city, but the facility is incredibly family friendly. Both indoor and outdoor spaces are huge, and there is always a food truck (or several) around serving delicious food.
Town in City Brewing - Heights
1125 W. Cavalcade St.
This cozy Heights staple welcomes both your human and fur babies. Come out Wednesday through Sunday and enjoy great outdoor seating with large tables and plenty of room for the kiddos to run and play.
Under the Radar Brewery - Midtown
1506 Truxillo St.
What started as a home beer kit in a garage has morphed into a Houston favorite. You can come out Wednesday through Sunday to enjoy the brews with kids and dogs in tow and a good, old-fashioned backyard atmosphere.
Related: Houston's Best Kid-Friendly Brunch Spots
4J Brewing Company - Spring Branch
1348 Cedar Post Lane
This women-owned and family-operated brewery needs to be on your radar. While they're only open Friday and Saturday, the beer is good, the atmosphere is homey, and they serve Texas wines for any non-beer drinkers. They're also both kid- and dog-friendly, and you're able to bring your own food or have it delivered if there's no food trucks on site (food trucks come on Saturdays!).
8th Wonder Brewing - Downtown
2202 Dallas St.
Founded in 2013, 8th Wonder is an Astros - and Astrodome - fan's dream. It pay's homage to the infamous stadium and even has memorabilia like stadium seats inside. You can bring your own chairs and enjoy the brewery's AMAZING outdoor space. There are games, TVs, and lots of room for activities.
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Top photo courtesy B-52 Brewery in Conroe, TX
This post originally published in March 2018.