Family Friendly Brewpubs along I-95

May be driving family from Florida to NY there and back this summer but won’t have ton of time so sticking to this road probably. My wife doesn’t drink and I have a 5 year old and 7 month old so is there any food focused brewpubs i can grab a tick or two along route. Its mainly Charleston to DC I’ll need most help with. Also any other decent stops for kids to energy out would be great.

Mad Fox Brewing Company in Falls Church VA is just a few miles off of the DC beltway (495). It might be the slightly longer way around the beltway, but it’s a great stop. Good beer and good food. Burgers and Pizza, and plenty of other options too. Website is usually up to date.

If you decide to drive through DC (395/695/295) instead of around the beltway (95/495), Bluejacket is good, but might be a little less “family friendly”. The restaurant menu is a bit more fancy - double check that it’s okay. “Bar” menu is a bit more down to earth in my opinion. If there is a baseball game that day, forget it. The place will be packed.


Sweetwater Tavern (not related to the GA Sweetwater), is also right off the DC Beltway (495) in Falls Church. Beers are okay, used to only be 5 house beers, 3 rotating, but they’ve bumped it up to 10 house beers, 8 which rotate recently. I really like the food there, lots of very family friendly food options too. I don’t know if they do reservations these days, but they do call-ahead, so you can at least call when you’re about 20-30 minutes out and they’ll put you on the list if there is a wait.

Let me know if you want more than just brewpub options that are family friendly and have good (mostly local) beer options.

DuClaw in Maryland is super close to 95, and it apparently has a bounce house for kids. Iron Hill all over Delaware are also super family friendly.

I do need a MD place rate so that’s good advice. I may just stop in Baltimore one way take family to aquarium and out for crabs then once settled in hotel sneak out to Max Taphouse.

Any advice in Carolinas. Looks like Brewmasters in Wilson NC has expanded food since last reviewed here. @malvrich any ideas for stops to stretch legs in your neck of wooods

Have you tried using Brewery Map app?

Hey @Jow and welcome to North Carolina!
Depending on how close you need to stay to I-95, the choices will vary.
If you’re sticking very close to the corridor, I would count the small city of Rocky Mount as worth a stop, with Koi Pond and Hopfly very nearby. Continuing South, there is Double Barley in Smithfield. Still further South, you’ll find Mash House, Lake Gaston Brewing and Dirtbag Ales all in the Fayetteville area.
Venturing much farther from I-95 to the East, I could recommend Duck Rabbit and Mother Earth in the small towns of Farmville and Kinston respectively.
Now honestly though, If I were to venture that far off the main route, I’d certainly choose to go West to Raleigh where there are many established breweries in the same city.
As for South Carolina, I don’t think there’s much happening unless you are able to go into the Charleston area which features The likes of Coast, Holy City, Revelry and Westbrook.
Enjoy your time here and post some pics!

Sorry, I posted from North to South and you’re traveling northbound.

Don’t know if you’ve been there but State Line Liquors is a MUST. Yer welcome. No, not a pub, sorry.

Well illl be going north to south eventually as welll. I noticed Rocky Mount the issue is none have food and no much other family stuff I can see in that town. Thanks for help all.

Although looks like I won’t be doing this summer now just flying since short on time. The normal plan is to drive up leave my family in north with car with family and then I fly back and work then go fly up and drive back like 5-6weeks later. But didn’t work this go round.

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Just downloaded pretty handy app. Missing a few locals I spotted but I’ll add. Thanks