My husband and I are big fans of local, micro-brewed beer.  It’s great when we can be comfortable bringing our five and eight year olds with us! We’re always on the look out for new (and old) microbreweries with a kid-friendly atmosphere and menu.  Here is our list of top 10 places to get local, micro-brewed beer (and a bonus winery) with your kids!

  1. Triton Brewing Company.  This is one of our favorites. Located near Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park, we love coming here for a quick beer tasting while the kids play a board game. Triton also has an outdoor terrace and space out front; often with sidewalk chalk and a bean bag toss set.  Soon, Triton will be opening their own kitchen as well. The beer is one of our favorites and we love the laid-back, casual environment here.
  2. Scotty’s Brewhouse.  Scotty’s has great beer and great food! On Tuesdays and Sundays, kids eat for $2. We usually go to the 96th street location, but we’ve been to a couple other locations and have found Scotty’s to be very kid-friendly.  Scotty’s locally brewed beer is made at their Three Wisemen location in Broad Ripple (see #3).  There are many Scotty’s locations all over town, including Brownsburg, Noblesville and the Southside.  
  3. Three Wise Men is also a Scotty’s restaurant and their menu consists of mostly delicious and unique pizzas.  The same beer is served as at Scotty’s, and kids eat for $2 only on Tuesdays.
  4. Books and Brews.   Books and Brews has a great kid-friendly area and menu as well. There are several locations, including Brownsburg.  Check out a review here!
  5. Upland Carmel Tap House. We love Upland Beer and are so glad to have a closer location of the Bloomington brewery.  There is no specific kids menu but I find that you can turn an appetizer into a kid’s meal pretty easily. If seeking a kid-free night, there are several locations for adults-only tastings.
  6. Oaken Barrel. When we lived on the Southside of Indy, Oaken Barrel was one of our favorites!  Located in Greenwood, this place has great food and a pretty good kid’s menu.  It also has unique beer, like the Razz-Wheat, a favorite of mine year round.
  7. Broad Ripple Brewpub. This classic restaurant in Broad Ripple was the first local brewpub started in 1990 and is worth the visit.  We started coming here before kids so this Brewpub has always been a favorite that keeps us coming back.
  8. Flix Brewhouse. Not only can you get a beer and food with your kids, you can also see a movie! Although it’s a chain, FLIX does brew their own beer on site.  Check out a full review here.
  9. St. Joseph Brewery.  It might not seem that children are welcome at this Lockerbie neighborhood brewery, but they are!  Because of its uniqueness, it makes it a fun place to take the kids.  The kid’s menu features standard kid fare, like chicken fingers and cheeseburgers, served with a side of fruit or fries.
  10. Taxman Brewery. Originally started in Bargersville, Taxman recently opened another location in Fortville, a town just northeast of Indianapolis.  Menu items feature small to large plates, depending on appetite. There is a kid’s menu as well!

BONUS: Although this is NOT a brewery, Daniel’s Vineyard in McCordsville is a great place for the wine lover in the Indianapolis area!  This family winery is absolutely kid friendly.  Tucked far from the road, driving up you feel like you are entering California wine country.  Children are welcome in all areas except the 21+ bar area. When we visited, we were without kids but we saw plenty little ones enjoying the outdoors and the food.  Daniel’s has some grilled food as well as fruit and cheese trays available.  Another bonus, if you visit on Sunday (open 12pm to 6pm), wine carry out is available!  Be sure to check their calendar as they have lots of events going on.

These are just some of the local breweries (and one winery) that we enjoy going to, but I know there are many more and growing by the day. I’m always on the lookout to support our local breweries while enjoying a family-friendly meal with the kids!