The Inland Northwest's family-friendly breweries keep the whole gang entertained

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click to enlarge Perry Street Brewing is a place to hang out for 
everyone, not just adults. - YOUNG KWAK PHOTO
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Perry Street Brewing is a place to hang out for everyone, not just adults.

While all breweries in Washington state are — legally and technically speaking — family-friendly, that doesn't mean all of them are ideal for a family night out that is enjoyable for both the adults and the kids in tow. For your convenience, here are a few regional breweries that go the extra mile for the sake of familial fun.

BIG BARN BREWING
16004 N. Applewood Ln., Mead, bigbarnbrewing.com

What could be more family-friendly than a brewery literally located on a farm — especially in the summer. Located northwest of Spokane off of state Route 206, the Big Barn Brewing tap house is located on a 250-acre plot that features a "brew deck," an idyllic grassy yard with shady trees that's perfect for outdoor games, as well as a field of various crops. (Families are encouraged to come and pick berries.) Co-owners Craig and Jane Deitz keep Frisbees and fun yard games such as bocce ball and cornhole on hand, and on Sundays food trucks and live music are hosted on site. They also build a "big hay slide" in the fall for the kiddos.

HUMBLE ABODE
1620 E. Houston Ave. #800, Spokane, facebook.com/humbleabodebrewing

North Spokane doesn't have a lot of craft-beer options — period. So the fact that the owners of Humble Abode, Courtney Gilbreath and Matt, her husband, have made this place extra-family-friendly makes it all the more great. They have a ton of tabletop games, on-site food trucks and picnic tables. They also make their own root beer (Courtney says people are welcome to bring in their own vanilla ice cream to make root beer floats), offer free popcorn and pretzels and put on family-friendly trivia every third Thursday of the month. Oh, and there are food trucks, too. "We really encourage people to come in and be a family," Gilbreath says.

ENGLISH SETTER
15310 E. Marietta Ave. #4, Spokane Valley, englishsetterbrewing.com

Giant Jenga, Nintendo Switch games projected onto the wall, Bingo, United Kingdom-style beers and lip-smacking pub food: English Setter has it all. Tucked off of Marietta Avenue in Spokane Valley and close to Interstate 90, this modest yet spirited brewery is fantastically creative with their programming. (Their fries and variety of dipping sauces are also exceptional.) For example, every May 4 the brewery hosts a "May the 4th Be With You" event — otherwise known as Star Wars Day — featuring activities like a costume contest, themed trivia and role-playing. They also host live music, and hold all-day happy hours on Sundays. "We pretty much have stuff going on every single day of the week," says Jackie Carlson, a co-owner.

POST FALLS BREWING
112 N. Spokane St., Post Falls, postfallsbrewing.com

This spot is basically a brewery and beautiful lake-front park all in one. The watering hole overlooks the Spokane River and is just across from Q'emiln Park. And that's before you get to the free popcorn, board games — kid-friendly games such as Apples to Apples, Jenga and Connect Four are available — open patio, live music during the summer and food trucks offering goodies including pizza and macaroni and cheese. "We're kind of off the beaten path, we have unobstructed views," says owner Bethany Stokes. Plus, she says, the layout of the brewery's interior is very open so it's easy to spot your kids if they wander off.

PERRY STREET BREWING
1025 S. Perry St. #2, perrystreetbrewing.com

The Perry District is a trendy nook in Spokane, and this brewery embodies that. Plus, it's got what you need for kids to have a blast alongside the beer-slurping adults. With a street-side patio, a warm and open interior layout with an industrial aesthetic, tabletop board games and an impressively varied menu including everything from kid-friendly grilled cheese sandwiches and quesadillas to Korean barbecue pork sandwiches and rotating tacos, this place will make you feel right at home. ♦



These 21 bars and restaurants are just a few on a long list of local drinking spots. On Inlander.com, find happy hour times and specials for more than 200 bars and restaurants across the Inland Northwest. We're happy to list them for you. Here's a sampling of what you'll find online:

24 TAPS BURGERS & BREWS

825 W. Riverside Ave., Downtown Spokane

Mon-Fri from 3:30-5:30 pm

$1 off all beer, wine and liquor

DURKIN'S LIQUOR BAR

415 W. Main Ave., Downtown Spokane

Mon-Fri from 3:30-5:30 pm

$6 old fashioneds, $4 drafts, $6 red and white wine

LITZ'S BAR AND GRILL

204 E. Ermina Ave., North Spokane

Happy hour: Tue-Sat from 4-7 pm, Sun-Mon all day; Power hour: Mon-Thu from 5-6 pm and 9-10 pm

Happy hour: $8.75 beer pitchers, $3.25 wells; Sun-Mon also includes $8.75 beer pitchers, $3.25 wells. Power hour: $2.50 wells.

MOON TIME

1602 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d'Alene

Thursday Night Pint Night

$1 pints on Thursday with music from 9 pm until the keg is gone, or close

WADDELL'S NEIGHBORHOOD PUB & GRILLE

4318 S. Regal St., South Spokane

Mon-Fri from 2-5 pm

$2.75 domestics, $3.75 microbrews, $4.50 house wines

T'S LOUNGE

703 N. Monroe St., Downtown Spokane

Mon-Fri from 4-6 pm, all day Sunday

$1 off all liquor, $.50 off all beer, plus varying weekday specials

315 MARTINIS & TAPAS

315 Wallace Ave., Coeur d'Alene

Tue-Sat from 3:15-6:30 pm

$2 off drinks, $2 off some tapas

ANDY'S

1401 W. First Ave., Downtown Spokane

Daily from 3-6 pm

$4 wells, $1 off draft beer and wine, $4-$9 select appetizers

AREA 51 TAPHOUSE

7522 N. Division St., North Spokane

Mon-Fri from 3-6 pm

$1 off pints and wells, $2 off wines; $6 half-pizzas, onion rings; $6.50 cheddar burger

STORMIN' NORMAN'S SHIPFACED SALOON

12303 E. Trent Ave., Spokane Valley

Mon-Sun from 3-7 pm

$2.75 beers, $3 wells, $5 happy hour food menu

UMI KITCHEN & SUSHI BAR

1309 W. Summit Pkwy., Kendall Yards

Mon-Fri from 4-6 pm

$5 house red and white wines, $5 draft beers, $6 rotating cocktails, 20 percent off all appetizers

CRICKET'S OYSTER BAR & GRILL

424 Sherman Ave., Coeur d'Alene

Daily from 4-7 pm

$1 off draft beers, $3 double wells.

COUGAR COTTAGE

900 NE. Colorado St., Pullman

Daily from 8-9 pm, (except football game days)

$2 off all items

MCDUFF'S BREWING COMPANY

312 N. First Ave., Sandpoint

Sun-Thurs 3-5:30 pm

$1 off pints, $4 off beer pitchers, $6 select appetizers

BARLOW'S AT LIBERTY LAKE

1428 N. Liberty Lake Rd., Liberty Lake

Daily from 3-6 pm

$1 off draft and bottled beer, $1 off specialty cocktails, $5 select wines by the glass; $5-$10 happy hour food menu

MASSELOW'S STEAKHOUSE

100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights

Daily from 4-6 pm, all day Sunday

$1 off well drinks, $1 off appetizers

SWEET LOU'S

477272 U.S. 95, Ponderay

Daily from 4-6 pm

$1 off craft and draft beers, $1 off house wines, $3 wells, $2.50 domestic bottles, $7-$10 appetizers

HERITAGE BAR & KITCHEN

122 S. Monroe St., Downtown Spokane

Daily from 3-6 pm, all day Sunday

$3 well drinks, $4 draft beer, $5 house wines, $1 off sides, $2 off appetizers

BIRDY'S SPORTS BAR

12908 N. Hwy. 395, North Spokane

Mon-Fri from 1-6 pm, all day Sunday

$3.50 well drinks, $5 signature press, $3.50 domestic pints, $2.50 16-oz. PBR, $4.50 house wines, $4-$9.50 select appetizers

THE LANTERN TAP HOUSE

1004 S. Perry St., South Spokane

Mon-Sat from 3-6 pm, all day Sunday

$1 off draft beer, wine glasses and wells

O'DOHERTY'S IRISH PUB & BBQ

11723 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley

Sat-Thu from 3-5 pm

$1 off all drinks

O'DOHERTY'S IRISH GRILLE

525 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Downtown Spokane

Daily from 4-6 pm

$1 off wells, drafts and appetizers

Upscale Sale

Thu., May 30, 5-7 p.m., Fri., May 31, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat., June 1, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., June 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
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