Written by Christine Olesen
When the weekend rolls around, there’s nothing I want to do more than hang out with my dogs. Though I am usually perfectly happy going for a hike or checking out a local pet-friendly dog boutique, the stakes change in October. In October I feel obligated by some tradition that is older than I am, to seek out pet friendly breweries and celebrate Oktoberfest with my favorite furry friend. (He’s more of a water-drinker, but I don’t judge).
On my hunt for a suitable locale, I turned up a few options and felt like it was only right to both evaluate their offerings, and share my findings with you. So here they are – seven dog friendly breweries in the Boston area.
We are in no way affiliated by any of these breweries. We just like dogs and beer, and think they are better together.
At Lord Hobo dogs are welcome inside, you may also get to meet their brewery dog, Boss (sometimes he even shares his toys)! Lord Hobo Brewing Co. loves having dogs in their tap room and they are always welcome at their brewery events.
Night Shift Brewing
At Night Shift Brewing dogs are welcome on their spacious patio area. You can grab some food from a local food truck and play some corn hole with your canine friend by your side. Tuesdays during the summer months they host Paws + Pints sponsored by local animal organizations.
At Notch Brewing dogs are welcome in the biergarten. They have a lovely outdoor space that overlooks the river, and on a good day, it’s a great place to sit and stay. Salem is such a fun place to walk around so after some brews, treat your pup to a nice walk through town!
American Fresh Brewhouse (Slumbrew)
Somerville, MA (Assembly Row location)
Dogs are welcome at the Somerville Brewing Company outdoor beergarden in Assembly Row. They have a small food menu, but the menu does include pretzels, and, assuming you brought a human companion, they provide board games to encourage you to hang out and enjoy the day.
This brewery may be a little smaller compared to the others, but they still welcome dogs of all sizes with open arms! Whether you’re stopping by to grab a flight or get growler or 6-pack for later, the staff members are always happy to see dogs. Keep your eyes peeled for their adorable brewery cat, Mitzi!
Dogs are welcome to hang out on the patio at Red Hook. The patio is large, there are plenty of tables and shade for warmer days. They have a pretty solid bar menu and of course, brews on tap.
Oak & Iron Brewing Co.
This is a great little place you can enjoy beers & apps and bring your pup! Dogs are welcome at the outdoor tables.
All of these establishments welcome well behaved, leashed, friendly dogs. Off-leash dogs are not welcome, no matter how small. Let’s all do our part to make sure more and more places open their hearths and patios to our beloved fuzzy co-pilots.
If you have any interest in venturing out to one of these places be sure to check their social media platforms and do always call ahead to make sure their policies haven’t changed before venturing out.