Family Friendly Breweries in Boise

If you’re anything like my husband and me, you probably have a soft spot for exploring the local craft beer scene in Boise. We love to get on our bikes, ride down the Greenbelt, and stop along the way at one (or a few) of the many breweries we pass. There’s just something special about sipping a local brew that brings a sense of community and appreciation for the craftsmanship behind each pint. And you know what? Having a little one hasn’t stopped us from indulging in this hobby of ours!

We’ve found that many of Boise’s breweries are welcoming to families and downright accommodating. Here are a few of our favorites.

Payette Brewing

Payette Brewing might have to be one of the top choices! They offer plenty of room to roam around outside, they are dog and kid friendly, and they always have something going on. Check out their events here.

Family Friendly Breweries in BoiseThey have even added a food truck (Queens) in the last couple of years with great food and even a small kids menu. It is located right off the Boise Greenbelt and makes for a great stop with the kids in tow. They recently added a mocktail on draft with notes of hibiscus and blackberry, and it is a great refreshing drink. Sometimes I just want the ambiance of going to a brewery but don’t feel like alcohol. The mocktail is a must try!

Boise Brewing

Boise Brewing is our family’s go-to spot. My husband is a part owner and gets to drink out of his special mug whenever we go. They have also recently added food, and it is delicious. I highly recommend the patty melt. Yum! They also have one of my favorite beers in town, the Hipcheck IPA. It’s my weakness.

Their patio is great in the warmer months and offers plenty of room. During the winter, they have an upstairs area in the tap room with a variety of board games to play with the fam. There is live music every week, and they even had a free stage during Treefort. How cool!


Clairvoyant is another spot we frequent quite a bit. We usually stop by the Idaho St. location near Whitewater Park. Quinns Pond makes for a great stop while riding bikes. They have a rotating schedule of food trucks. There is always something different, but check their website for the food truck schedule. Their patio is spacious, and their picnic benches have umbrellas for hot, sunny days. It’s SUPER dog friendly, and they don’t mind the little ones running around. The Idaho St. location is our go-to, but they opened a second location off of Chinden.

Western Collective

Western Collective joined the Boise brew scene and quickly became known for their frozen drinks. They combined slushees and alcohol and became a popular go-to spot in the valley. Located in Garden City, they have a spacious patio to hold events and let the kids run around a bit. They always include the kiddos in any event they organize. They are now serving pizza and liquor. Western Collective has it all!

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Barbarian Brewing

Barbarian Brewing has two locations, and the one in Garden City is my personal favorite brewery. They are known for their unique flavor combinations. I became obsessed with their mocktail on draft while I was pregnant, and we still go there quite a bit to grab a glass. Their Garden City location has a HUGE patio and a food truck that is there all the time (Jokers BBQ). The nachos are some of the best I’ve ever had. They also have live music every Thursday from about 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Bert’s Brewing

Bert’s is a newer brewery in town, and we just recently stopped to check it out. It has a traditional tattoo shop kind of vibe. Their checkered floor on their patio makes for great pictures, and their patio offers an array of different seating options. Their seltzer on tap is pretty dang good, and they will definitely become a staple in the Boise beer scene.

Edge Brewing Co.

Now I may be a little biased because I used to work at Edge Brewing Co., but Edge Brewing has some of the best food at any brewery in town. Their Ginger Habanero Wings, Snake Bites (Jalapeño Poppers), and their Big Sexy Philly are a few of my favorites. They offer a patio in the summer, but it is small and can fill up quickly. Edge offers seltzers, canned cocktails, and beer. Obligatory DIPA is a great one, but for a weird flavor, you have to try the Habanero Cream Ale.

Also, kids eat free after 5 pm on Sundays with a purchase of an adult entree. For every adult entree, you get a free kid meal. Their kids menu is not a normal kids menu. They have a Nutella pb&j sandwich. Need I say more?

Highlands Hollow

Highlands Hollow always brings nostalgia for me. When coming down from Bogus after a long day skiing, we would stop at Highlands Hollow and order a huge plate of fries . . . which of course we had to drown in malt vinegar. It’s a tradition! They are also located close to hiking trails and always make for a great rewarding stop after taking the kids to do a short loop in the foothills.

Family Friendly Breweries in Boise

Boise offers plenty of breweries and options around town. Here are a few more:


White Dog

Loose Screw

Lost Grove

10 Barrel

Woodland Empire

Cloud 9

Mad Swede

Sockeye Brewing

Voodoo Brewing

Do you know of a Boise area family friendly brewery that we didn’t list? Email us at [email protected] so we can add it to the list!

Jaclyn Burns
Meet Jaclyn, a Boise native through and through. She is a SAHM and a Realtor specializing in first time home buyers. After spending 4 years in Europe, Jaclyn married the love of her life, Tom. They have a daughter named Kennedy whom is bravely battling a VSD (small hole in her heart). Jaclyn enjoys exploring Boise's greenbelt, sampling local brews, and spending time outdoors with her family. Being an introverted extrovert, she is the life of the party until it’s time to recharge her batteries. With Jaclyn around you can ensure there are always good vibes and laughter- lots of laughter.



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