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Trails End Brewery

Located just north of downtown Coeur d'Alene, ID, this Brewery is a must-visit for the Tots Crew whenever we roll into town!

PNW adventure themed brewery with delicious food, drinks, and vibes

We made the long trek over to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho for Thanksgiving with all three tots - Anna (7 y.o.), Ellis a.k.a. "the Tornado" (2 y.o.), and Baby Joplin (3 months). Jop does NOT like the car so that made things real fun [insert eyeroll emoji here.] But, the Tots Crew made it safe and sound so that was the most important thing...because if not, then who would keep you entertained with all these tantalizing blog posts? Anyway, I digress. I just wanted an excuse to use the word "tantalizing."

Full disclosure - we have visited Trails End Brewery before so we knew the true treat we were in for upon visiting this time! Before our visit, we took the girls to "Jump for Joy," an indoor bounce house just a couple blocks away from Trails End. We got them nice and worn out and then hit up Trails End for some lunchy-lunch.

As you can see from the photos taken by Tots Dad, stylistically Trails End is an extremely cool spot right off the bat. It's got an industrial, outdoorsy vibe with a really cool mix of wood, metal, and concrete elements. They have a super fun and colorful mural, too. There's also TVs should you be interested in watching your team do their thing. The upstairs space has shuffleboard, darts, more TVs, and a smaller bar area. This space is available to rent for a group gathering. It's also a quieter area should you need to pop up there to diffuse a tantrum or seek some refuge of your own.

Trails Ends does have an outdoor seating area during the warmer months but it was November when we visited so that was a no-go at the time. The front indoor seating area is filled with high top tables, which are very fun but a bit difficult for our monkeys at their current ages. The back seating area is all standard height tables and we like this space best because it's right next to the designated kids corner located under the stairs. WHAT?! A KIDS AREA??? Yeah buddy, you heard that right. We love when restaurants go the extra mile to make sure that the kiddos will be comfortable during their visit as well. It doesn't have to be anything crazy elaborate either. Kudos, Trails End!

You want to know something else really cool that we didn't notice until our second visit to Trails End? Each table at Trails End is unique and features a map of a region in the PNW as well as stickers from corresponding breweries that are found on each map. I mean, come on?! How cool and creative is that! See the photo above of the Central Oregon region as an example. Tots Dad counted and there were 22 on this particular table that we had visited previously. And for research, it's only fair that we return to each and every one to see if they have what it takes to make it onto the Tots Blog! We sat at the Coeur d'Alene region table so we could plot out the spots to visit on our next trip back this way!

If you're still reading along, I suppose its time to actually talk about the food and drink options at Trails End. All beers are brewed onsite in their 10 Bbl system. They have a great variety to choose from so if you're undecided, grab a flight! We partook in their Scenic By-Way Juicy IPA and Alpine Haze Hazy IPA. Both were completely delicious. They also have cider, wine, and house made soda on tap. The girls had fun "Good to Grow" kids juice drinks with Minnie Mouse and Unicorn tops on them so they were pleased as punch. Jess was our server and she was a delight. She didn't hesitate to bring us a few samples while we were undecided on our beers of choice. In fact, everyone we have ever interacted with at Trails End has been just wonderful. Super kind folks that always seem to be smiling and happy to be there. And we appreciate that.

If you like pizza, like the Tots Crew does, then this is a spot you must visit. It's just so yummy y'all and they have some really fun creations on their menu! We're talking Korean BBQ Pizza, their Benedict Pizza garnished with an egg and hollandaise sauce, and Buffalo Chicken & Bacon Pizza. You really can't go wrong. You can also build your own in case you have children who, say for example, won't eat anything besides pepperoni and olive pizza. Completely hypothetical, of course. They also have a great selection on starters (beer cheese pretzel - hello!), soups, salads, and sandwiches. So basically what I'm saying is, come hungry.

In summary, if you are in the area or expect to visit Coeur d'Alene in the near future, please add Trails End Brewery to your list of places to visit. It's a great spot, whether you have kids or not. And if you do visit, let us know on Insta what you think! Cheers, y'all!

What to expect when you visit:

  • Indoor and seasonal outdoor seating

  • Cute kids area under the stairs

  • Great food menu and lots of TVs to catch the game

  • If your kids are super energetic, Jump for Joy indoor bounce house is just a couple blocks away. Get 'em nice and tired, order pizza at Trails End, and experience the best nap/food comas ever.

  • Kids drinks and kid-approved pizza

  • Bring table top activities for the kiddos

  • Super cute mural opportunity for the fun photo opp!

  • High chairs and changing tables in BOTH restrooms!

More Info:

Open Sunday - Thursday 11am - 9pm (sometimes opens earlier for football), Friday & Saturday 11am - 10pm

Address: 356 W Bosanko Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815

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