Some of the most popular taprooms in the Twin Cities now offer a range of family-friendly accommodations: play areas, bar-height highchairs, lower tables to accommodate strollers and family bathrooms with changing tables. Some have toys, books and games and sell sodas and juice boxes. Meet Minneapolis, the city’s convention and visitors association, even offers a list of the 20 best family-friendly breweries in town (minneapolis.org/food-drink/breweries/family-pet-friendly-breweries).
While not everyone wants to sip suds next to a toddler, many brewery visitors say the all-ages welcome is appropriate for taprooms, which have a more casual, open vibe than bars. Others say it’s another sign that millennials are driving the craft brewery movement.“
This is the generation that puts their kid on the bike with them, travels around the world with them,” said Mary Meehan, consumer strategist and co-founder of Minneapolis-based Panoramix Global. “So it makes sense that they would bring their kids to the brewery.”