It’s National Beer Day! 11 Places in Indianapolis to Enjoy a Craft Beer Outside with Kids in Tow


Is there anything better than sitting outside with your favorite beverage? For me, not much! I’m a big craft beer fan. And as soon as the weather turns nice, our family spends a lot of time outside, even for meals.

Here are a few of our favorite breweries that offer outside dining – no babysitter required!

1. Triton Brewing Company. Triton Brewing is tucked away near Fort Harrison. The state park offers a variety of activities including hiking trails, biking trails, and fishing. It’s the perfect opportunity to create a whole day of outdoor fun. The outside space at Triton offers sidewalk chalk and bags to keep the kids occupied. Just a few months ago the brewery added a new bistro with small plates, sandwiches, soups, salads, and entrees.

2. Upland Brewery. As an IU grad, Upland holds a special place in my heart. The Carmel location is kid-friendly and also dog-friendly on the patio. They don’t officially have a kid’s menu, and their selections change often, but my kids always find an appetizer or something to share that they love. Upland is also known for having tasty vegan and vegetarian options on their menu. I personally like all of their beers, but if you are a sour beer fan, you’ll really like Upland; they have some of the best and most unique beers in the city. They offer 12 year-round beers with additional rotating seasonal selections. Upland is also located just a half mile from the Monon Trail if you want to work up an appetite before your meal.

3. Broad Ripple Brewpub. This is Indiana’s first brewpub and oldest operating brewery in the state. New breweries seem to be popping up everywhere, so it’s nice to check out a place with a little history. The menu here is huge, including the kid’s menu with nine choices. The outside patio is one of the best for people watching and outdoor games.

4. Four Day Ray. This brewery has one of my favorite patios. It’s modern but welcoming and also secluded, so you aren’t overlooking a parking lot. I also find the food to be top-notch. This brewery is located in the Fishers Nickel Plate District, so there’s also the opportunity to catch a local event or concert in downtown Fishers. They offer Sunday brunch starting at 10:30am.

5. Sun King Brewing. The downtown location started as just a small, 12 tap tasting room but has now expanded to a three-building operation. The brewery has really grown but still feels like they’ve stayed true to their roots and consistently produce great beer. It wasn’t always the case, but kids (and dogs) are now welcome on the patio. They offer the always reliable staples, but also some small batch varieties that are still worth a try. There’s a great selection of board games to keep the kids entertained for an entire afternoon. Also relatively new is the food stand owned by Smoking Goose that serves charcuterie boards, pizzas, pretzels and more.

6. St. Joseph Brewery & Public House. This brewery is housed in an old church and is definitely one of the more unique breweries around the city! The menu is outstanding and offers a huge selection. Even if you plan to eat outside, definitely check out the interior. If you get a chance, walk upstairs just to get an overview of the place.

7. Brugge Brasserie. At this Broad Ripple Brewery, you absolutely have to get the pomme frites. With up to 12 dipping sauces, adventurous kids will love trying each of them. Brugge is known for mussels, French bread sandwiches, and crepes. Much of the food is different than what my kids typically eat, but it’s not too far-fetched that they won’t give it a try. Also, open for brunch on the weekends. If you try the beer, the Triple the Ripple is excellent, but be warned, it’s 10% alcohol. They limit you to two.

8. Big Woods Speedway. This place is enormous, and we love the Speedway location. Main Street has come a long way in recent years, so it’s fun to take a quick stroll or a drive around the race track before or after your meal. They have 50 beers on tap, and the signature pulled pork nachos are enough for our whole family of four to split.

9. Danny Boy Beer Works. This brewery is tucked inside the Village of West Clay. They feature 10 of their own beers and 30 guest taps. Danny Boy has an exceptional menu (including mac and cheese both kids and adults will love), occasional live music and games you can take to your table. They also recently launched a line of spirits if you’re in the mood for a cocktail instead.

10. Mayfair Taproom. This place opened just last September on the east side. The signature Mayfair burger and gravy fries are delicious.

11. MashCraft. We love all three of their kid-friendly locations, but the Fall Creek location offers a huge garage door that they open up during nice weather. There is a kid-friendly section with tons of cards and board games. They offer fun trivia nights – even Nickelodeon and Disney trivia.