Also available in Monday Magazine, originally posted on June 24th, 2021.
As summer gets into full swing, and the kids are out of school, one of the first things people out there are thinking about is what to do all summer. Travel restrictions have been removed within the Province, but what if you want to stick around the Capital Region and support your local businesses? Well, what’s great about some of the tasting rooms out there is that they are family-friendly, so you can bring your kids for a fun day around town, without having to rule out some of your favourite places.
Phillips Brewing’s Tasting Room is one of those where kids are welcome, and with their line of craft-made sodas, and locally produced snacks, the kids can feel right at home. It’s also right in the heart of the Brewery District, meaning you can easily hop to another location, or spend some time downtown enjoying the city while there aren’t as many tourists.
Herald Street Brew Works is also nearby, and as a new location, the ability to bring the kids is a nice touch. Similar to their sister location, The Drake, their spaces offer a selection of non-alcoholic beverages and some great snacks for the kids to keep them entertained and engaged, and can make for a fantastic day out with them.
Out on the peninsula, Category 12 has its fun and tasty bistro menu, which if you haven’t tried, is delightful. Paired alongside what might be one of the widest ranges of beers available, there is something for everyone, and seems like a perfect way to end a day out at Island View Beach or coming back from Butchart Gardens.
Of course, in addition to the tasting rooms, many of the local brewpubs have family-friendly sections, which is especially nice for those more standard meals and times where turning on the oven on a hot day sounds like a bad idea. In fact, for those furry family members, there are pet-friendly patios, so you can bring the whole family out together.
As we start to get out more and enjoy the times we missed with larger groups of people, it’s nice to know that it’s easy to support those local spaces that employ local people and produce local, tasty beer, while never having to exclude family members while doing it.