Relaxing at a taproom over a round of craft beers is essentially requisite fun in Colorado. But what about busy moms and dads? Lucky for them, there are plenty of kid-friendly breweries along the Front Range that cater to parents who need a night—or just a couple of hours—out. Here are five Colorado taprooms that will make the whole family happy.
Drink: Smooth and hoppy Zuni Street IPA
This two-year-old LoHi brewery is the sort of spot where everyone learns your name after just a few visits. Stroller-friendly, sunny outdoor spaces are located in both the front and back of the building, while inside is a gorgeous walnut slab bar offering 10-plus craft beers and Capri juice boxes for the littles. There are also board games and giant Jenga blocks to help pass the time. 2355 W. 29th St.
Drink: A “pilot” flight featuring some of the taproom’s experimental brews, like the Sippin’ Pretty fruited kettle sour
Based on the crowd size during a recent visit, Odell’s core philosophy of “building communities through beer” is alive and well. Its spectacular multi-level patio, complete with flower baskets, natural stone work, and dogs snoozing beneath the tables, make this a family-friendly oasis from the week’s hustle and bustle. Along with all the brews, you’ll find kombucha, root beer, and snacks, as well as daily rotating food trucks. 800 E. Lincoln Ave., Fort Collins
Drink: The Graham Cracker porter
If Mommy needs a Mӓrzen or Daddy a Dunkel, try this friendly Arvada spot. Brightly colored chairs, high ceilings, and chalk art decorating the walls puts a smile on everyone’s face. The Mighty Burger, a food truck inside an Airstream, is permanently housed inside and serves kid-friendly favorites including grilled cheeses and French fries. There are plenty of outdoor picnic tables and (clean) high chairs. Bonus: If the kids behave, you can take them to Rheinlander Bakery across the street for a sweet treat. 5768 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada
Drink: Out of Reach bourbon-barrel-aged imperial stout
With its play zone complete with books, Legos, blocks, and a table-size race track—plus options like Goldfish and chocolate milk—Intersect goes above and beyond to cater to pint-size guests. The music-themed space provides a throwback vibe, with 80s LPs displayed on the wall and comfy couches. The five pinball machines may even help draw out your inner child. 2160 W. Drake Rd., Fort Collins
Drink: Alice blonde, an easy-drinking, low-AVB sipper
This special taproom isn’t just kid-friendly, it’s kid-inspired. With five ping-pong tables, a dozen pinball machines, arcade games galore, and lively music, Wonderland lives up to its name. Beer is served in taster trays made from ping-pong paddles and the tables are constructed from repurposed snowboards, taking the fun theme a step further. Don’t bother with a babysitter, the entire family is welcome here. 5450 West 120th Ave., Broomfield