Six Kid-Friendly Breweries Around Town
Call it Beer City and proclaim to keep Asheville “beered,” because we are undoubtedly a brew-focused burg! Whether you’re in the mood for a twilight ale after work or a noonday brewski on a summer Saturday, there’s a brewery in every corner of town to suit your suds craving. The only problem? What to do with the kiddos when you want to nip out for a cold one.
But in Asheville, that’s not a problem at all. Beer may be for the adult crowd, but so many of our breweries welcome tots too. With games, lounge areas, big screens and wide open spaces to keep them occupied while you sip your suds, there’s no reason not to bring the kids out. You’ll all get to socialize with like-minded brew enthusiasts and their broods of little ones.
We’ve rounded up a six pack of our favorite local kid-friendly breweries so that your next night out or day drink can include the kids. That babysitter money you’re saving? Put it toward your next beer.
Asheville Pizza and Brewing
675 Merrion Ave.
Asheville Pizza and Brewing’s original location in North Asheville is definitely the mecca of kid-friendly breweries. With a movie theater, a cavernous room full of all sorts of arcade games, squishy booths and every kid’s favorite food—pizza—your kids will be begging to go to this brewery. The younger crowd will love the Game Room in the back of the brewery, a vaulted space that once held a second theater, where you’ll find classics like skee-ball, air hockey and even a big screen (football season, anyone?). But it’s certainly not all geared for tykes; the pizza is award-winning, the wings are our personal favorite in the city, and the beer is stellar. We definitely recommend Asheville Pizza and Brewing for your babe’s next birthday party; the kids can run amok while the parentals kick back, beer in hand.
Twin Leaf Brewery
144 Coxe Ave.
South Slope is positively teeming with breweries these days, and one of our favorites for adults and kids alike is definitely Twin Leaf. This cavernous space, converted from one of the dozens of old warehouses on this side of town, often fills with the raucous squeals of youngsters. “My 4 year old runs around here all the time and we’ve had a number of impromptu kid parties!” says owner Tim Weber. There’s plenty to keep the kids busy, like shuffle board and giant jenga, plus a new outdoor space perfect for boisterous romps. You’ll usually find one of Asheville’s favorite food trucks parked out front, so they won’t go hungry, either. There are always all sorts of beers on tap, including regulars like Juicy Fruit IPA, rotating beers and fun small batch brews like the Peach Tea Saison.
Catawba Brewing Co.
32 Banks Ave.
Another South Slope gem for the beer aficionados with kids in tow? Catawba Brewing Co. This brewing company is one of the fastest growing businesses around town, with locations in Biltmore Village and Morganton, but it’s the South Slope location that you’ll want to bring the kids to. If you’re stuck inside, sidle over to the back of the warehouse, where barrels of beer will muffle the sounds of tots and adults can admire the views out the big back windows. But the best views, and places for kids, are outside. Their expansive outdoor area is dotted with picnic tables, big barrels and swinging Eno hammocks perfect for loungers of any age. Their beers offer a flavor for everyone, including seasonals like the Le Sexxxy Saison and collaborations like the Astral Bootie Beer, which celebrates our water culture and local whitewater paddling shoe creators Astral Designs.
Wedge Brewing Company
37 Paynes Way
History, beer and family-friendly fun meld at this Asheville favorite. Take the kids for a stroll through the River Arts District before stopping in at what’s colloquially known as the Wedge, housed in a 19th-century warehouse right off the French Broad River. The interior may be small, but the Wedge makes up for it with acres of graveled yards and seemingly endless seating. Set the kids up with a game of corn hole and grab a seat at a picnic table. Your little ones won’t have any trouble befriending their peers; you’ll always find cliques of kids spotting the property, usually with a dog in tow. When they get hungry, send them to the centrally-located food truck (our favorite? Melt Your Heart, which serves gourmet grilled cheese at the Wedge on Fridays and alternating Sundays). As for beer, the Wedge always offers plenty of their own brews (especially IPAs), as well as other Asheville ales.
Urban Orchard Cider Co.
210 Haywood Rd.
Maybe you’re not a beer person (we’ll forgive you). Don’t fret, Urban Orchard Cider Co. is a great kid-friendly option in West Asheville that pours perfectly palatable cider for you non-beer folks (with a couple of ales on tap, too). Family owned and operated, their ciders are made from locally-sourced apples hailing from nearby Hendersonville. Inside you’ll find plenty of seats (plus a menu of surprisingly tasty snacks), but again, it’s outdoors where your kids will be happiest. A big covered patio offers plenty of tables for the adults and a prime view of the greenspace below. Completely set apart from parking lots or byways, this yard is totally safe for kids. Let them run, jump and play in the grass, or set up the teens with a friendly game of corn hole.
100 Sierra Nevada Way, Fletcher
Last but certainly not least, one of the newest Asheville transplants, Sierra Nevada, offers a welcome respite for crews with kids. You probably know it’s a great place to grab a beer (after all, it’s one of the most popular and award-winning craft beer producers in the country) and a bite (their extensive menu includes fancy and fun finger foods like lamb tartare, duck fat fries and veal meatballs), but it offers even more for families. The ample outdoor area includes fire pits, organic gardens, a stage and a play area for rough and tumble little ones. Their children’s menu includes all your brood’s favorite foods: mac n’ cheese, burgers, even pizza. Grab dinner inside the bustling brewery, then head outdoors to let the kids blow off some steam while you sip a final beer around the fire pits. You’ll leave happy with a full belly and tuckered tots.