This year, instead of just celebrating Oktoberfest, think... Barktoberfest! Sampling great brews is a huge part of Oktoberfest fun, and breweries are some of the pet-friendliest places around. Not sure where to go? We’ve made a list of the best pet-friendly breweries in the country, so bring your pup, grab a pint, and celebrate this traditional Bavarian festival together!
1. Kardinal Hall
Kardinal Hall in Charlottesville, VA is the perfect spot to spend a crisp autumn day with your best furry sidekick! The brewery offers a wide variety of craft beers, ciders, and wines from across the globe. If you’re headed there for Oktoberfest, you’re in for a treat - they add seasonal blends to the menu to honor the occasion. Of course, it’s not all about the beer - Kardinal Hall offers up delicious scratch-made delights all year, and proudly serves unique German cuisine favorites during Oktoberfest. The brewery regularly features live music in their large pet-friendly outdoor area, which is adorned with twinkling string lights, and features fun lawn games.
2. Idaho Brewing Company
Known throughout eastern Idaho for their tasty, well-crafted ales and lagers, Idaho Brewing Company in Idaho Falls, ID is a must-visit for those in the area looking for a pet-friendly place to experience Oktoberfest. Their indoor setting is warm and inviting - perfect for a chilly fall day - and offers beautiful views of Snake River. The brewery also features a large outdoor patio that welcomes pets, so you can enjoy a drink and some live music with your favorite furkid.
3. Pals Brewing Company
Pals Brewing Company in North Platte, NE isn’t just great for pups, it’s great for whole families! The brewery’s spacious outdoor patio sits on two acres of land, where pets and kids are welcome. Enjoy live music as you sip a tasty craft beer, or enjoy hand-crafted pizzas and appetizers. Lounge at a picnic table, play a game of cornhole or volleyball with family and friends, or take your pup for a relaxing stroll. As a courtesy for their furry guests, Pals Brewing provides bowls of fresh water.
4. Booneshine Brewing Company
Booneshine Brewing Company provides their human customers and dog customers with an amazing Barktoberfest experience! They have a beautiful, pet-friendly patio with a breathtaking view of the mountains in spectacular Boone, NC! It’s even great for visiting at night because they have string lights hanging throughout the outdoor area and a fire pit that is on during the colder months. Booneshine offers a wide-selection of uniquely-flavored craft beers that are prepared fresh right in their tasting room, as well as a delicious food menu that pair great with their tasty drinks.
5. Barrio Brewing Company
Founded nearly three decades ago, Barrio Brewing Company in Tucson, AZ has the noble distinction of being Arizona’s oldest brewing company! It’s also Arizona’s first brewery that’s owned solely by its employees. Barrio is known for the taproom’s cool, industrial vibe, and craft beers that are so popular, they can be found throughout Arizona. Barrio has a shaded pet-friendly outdoor patio, where you can enjoy an ice cold brew with your best furry family member by your side. The brewery is located just outside of downtown Tucson - great for checking out this exciting city with your pooch!
6. Glacier Brewing Company
Glacier Brewing Company in Polson, MT is as pet-friendly as a brewery gets! Four-legged patrons are welcome inside the brewery and outside in the beer garden. This laid-back, rustic-chic microbrewery has an attached tasting room, pinball machines, outdoor games, and a great selection of craft beers - including specialty beers created just for Oktoberfest. Enjoy your selections on-premises, or take them home in their convenient take-out options. If you’re not a fan of beer, no worries - Glacier serves unique sodas as well!
7. Austin Street Brewery
Austin Street Brewery in Portland, ME offers patrons not one, but two amazing locations! Visit Fox Street Brewery & Tasting Room to see where the magic happens, and the beer is brewed. This microbrewery is in full swing in October, and ready to serve up specially blended Oktoberfest brews. Feeling thirsty and peckish? Food trucks are routinely on-premises, serving delicious local specialties of all kinds. Bring your pup, and hang out together on Fox Street’s pleasant outdoor patio area.
Nearby, you'll find Austin Street’s Industrial Way Blending, Bottling, and Tasting Room, offering the same great craft brews, just down the road! At this locale, dogs are welcome both inside the tasting room and on the brewery patio.
8. On Tour Brewing Company
On Tour Brewing Company in Chicago, IL, is the perfect place to have a fun and memorable Barktoberfest. This one-of-a-kind brewery is known for its relaxed vibe and its laid-back atmosphere. There’s a wide selection of thoughtfully-crafted beers to choose from - including dill pickle! - and they are masters of special Oktoberfest brews. Relax with your pup on the brewery’s pet-friendly patio, and enjoy a pint or two in a welcoming, fun atmosphere.
9. Schulz Bräu Brewing Company
Can’t travel to Germany for Oktoberfest? No need, when you can visit Schulz Bräu Brewing Company in Knoxville, TN! This unique brewery has recreated an authentic German experience for pups and people alike with imported German furniture in their outdoor Biergarten, and a full menu of German food and beer! And if that’s not exciting enough, you can come and enjoy their widely-known weiner dog race!
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