The number of craft breweries popping up across the US is now at an all-time high. But where are the top pet-friendly breweries and wineries?
According to a recent report by the Brewers Association, there are currently well over 9,500 breweries in the US - a record-setting amount.
But, if you thought that was impressive, the Wines Vines Analytics Winery Database recently showed that the number of US wineries has increased by 400 since 2021. That’s a staggering 11,961 venues across the nation.
So, it turns out we like our wine and beer. But do you know what’s even better than drinking a smooth glass of your favorite poison? Enjoying it with your furry friend in tow.
With that in mind, we’ve scoured the country for some of the top pet-friendly spots.
Why Pet-Friendly Breweries and Wineries?
As we mentioned above, wineries and breweries are on the rise across the country. But top tipples are nothing without great company, right?
Breweries and wineries are the perfect places to unwind with your furry friend - as long as they are a well-behaved bunch like these top dogs to travel with. These friendly locations offer a relaxed atmosphere, mouth-watering food, and, of course, delicious drinks.
Plus, many breweries and wineries are located in rural areas, making them ideal for pet-friendly getaways.
But, before we dive any deeper into this roundup, it’s important to assert that pets are not allowed on brewery tours. That’s not the breweries being uncool though. Health codes across the country prevent animals from being in food or beverage preparation areas.
Where are the top pet-friendly breweries in the USA?
Now, let's dive into the best pet-friendly breweries and wineries in the USA.
We'll highlight some of the most popular spots, as well as hidden gems that you might not have heard of.
Pet-Friendly Breweries in California
Starting at the very top of the shop, with 957 venues under its belt, California has the most breweries of any state.
No wonder so many pet lovers choose to tackle van life with a dog around the Golden State. But with so many breweries popping up across California, it’s also no surprise that some of the best pet-friendly breweries in the country can be found here.
Some top choices are:
Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa
Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma
North Coast Brewing Company in Fort Bragg
Russian River Brewing Company
For some time, only registered service dogs were able to enter Russian River’s venues - due to their open kitchens.
However, that has changed with the inclusion of al fresco seating areas. Pups can now enjoy a cool bowl of water with you at their Windsor or Santa Rosa locations.
Lagunitas Brewing Company
The creators of signature brews like “Island Beats”, “Maximus”, and “A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin” are so pup conscious they even have one as their logo. As well as offering merch for your furry friends too.
Shut up! And take my money.
North Coast Brewing Company
Located in an old lumber mill up in Fort Bragg, California. North Coast Brewing Company welcomes pups into their taproom. So you can chill with a pint of Old Rasputin while fussing your companion.
Pet-Friendly Breweries on the East Coast
But if you're over on the East Coast, don't worry, there are still plenty of pet-friendly breweries to explore here too.
Maybe you should try to pop into one of these
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Delaware
Allagash Brewing Company in Portland, Maine
Brooklyn Brewery in Brooklyn, New York
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
One heck of a pup-friendly operation. Both their alehouses in Fairfax and Maryland are open to patrons of the furry kind. Grab a refreshing pint of “60 Minute IPA” and a house burger before settling down for a chilled afternoon.
I think I know someone who’ll be side-eyeing your fries though.
Allagash Brewing Company
Over in Portland, Maine, the award-winning Allagash Brewery is also cooking up a pet-friendly storm. While pups aren’t allowed on a brewery tour, they are absolutely welcome in the outdoor family-friendly tasting area.
Oh! And you have to try their lobster rolls too.
No prizes for guessing where this brewery resides. The now world-famous Brooklyn Brewery is as pet-inclusive as you would expect.
Your pup is free to join you for a glass in the tasting room, but not on the tour.
Dog-Friendly Breweries in the Midwest
The Midwest is known for its breweries, and many of them welcome pets. Here are a few of our faves:
New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado
Surly Brewing Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota
New Belgium Brewing Company
We don’t think it will ruffle any feathers to count a Coloradan brewery as a Midwestern location. Anyway, New Belgium has taprooms and tours in Fort Collins and Asheville in North Carolina (Midwestern credentials returned).
Pups are welcome in both locations (inside & out), as long as they are kept on a leash.
Surly Brewing Company
Despite the name, this brewery is actually a very happy and welcoming spot. Pups are allowed on the outside patio area where you can enjoy one of their signature brews and a delicious slice of curbside pizza.
What about pet-friendly wineries?
Those pet-friendly breweries all sound incredible. But we didn’t just come here for beer. You can uncork a world of bliss at the most charming pet-friendly wineries across the US.
Picture this: you’re sipping exquisite wines amidst California's rolling hills or New York's scenic landscapes, all while your four-legged friend basks in the charm of these welcoming vineyards.
So, without further ado. Let’s talk pups and vino!
Dog-Friendly Wineries in California
There is an element of symmetry here with the beginning of the breweries section and this starting point in winery town.
But who can argue with the wine-making credentials of a state that is home to Wine Country?
California is renowned for its wineries and the great news is that many of them welcome pets. Some of our top picks are:
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga
Oak Mountain Winery in Temecula
Zaca Mesa Winery in Santa Barabara
Castello di Amorosa
You might think a 14th-century castle in the middle of a manicured Napa Valley vineyard is not going to be very welcoming of four-legged fun.
But you’d be wrong. Castello di Amorosa even has a castle Hall of Fame which welcomes patrons sending in pics of their pups either with their wine or visiting the castle grounds.
Oak Mountain Winery
If you want to travel from Napa to Oak Mountain, you’ll need to have found a way to prevent car sickness in dogs, because it’s nearly a 500-mile drive south.
But the reward is a stunning winery that is so dog-friendly they’ve even popped some pooches on their labels.
Oak Mountain offers tours, a tasting room, and The Cave (a speakeasy-style bar serving up delicious cocktails). They regularly hold doggo-related charity events and welcome well-behaved pups across the venue.
Zaca Mesa Winery
Traveling back north we come to Santa Barbara and the beautiful surroundings of Zaca Mesa. Not only does this winery allow pups, but it also features a host of hiking trails and fun games to play too.
Dog-Friendly Wineries on the East Coast
Over on the East Coast, you’ll still find plenty of awesome spots to check out with your best friend. Incredible vineyards in locations like New York and Virginia will see to that.
Fox Run Vineyards in Penn Yan, New York
Barboursville Vineyards in Barboursville, Virginia
Chateau Morrisette in Floyd, Virginia
Fox Run Vineyards
Over on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail is Fox Run. This gorgeous location in Penn Yan, NY has been whipping up show-stopping vino since the late 80s.
Pups are welcome in the main tasting room and out on the back patio. So you can enjoy the vintage while they take in the views.
If you’re a fan of wine, pups, views, and ruins, you’ve hit the jackpot in Virginia. Barboursville welcomes leashed and well-behaved pets into its tasting room and out on the deck.
But, while you’re in town, go for a walk around the 19th-century mansion ruins that are just a couple of minutes from the tasting room. Or just sit on the patio and enjoy sweeping views of the Blue Mountains.
Moving southeast from Barboursville we end our jaunt through the top pet-friendly wineries on the East Coast with a trip to “The Winery that Dogs Built”. Of course, pets are welcome here!
Dog lovers can be regularly seen enjoying a glass with their pooch in the tasting room or out on the patio at Chateau Morrisette.
Dog-Friendly Wineries in the Midwest
The Midwest is known for its wineries, and many of them welcome pets. Here are a few of our faves:
Chateau Chantal in Traverse City, Michigan
Stone Hill Winery in Hermann, Missouri
Across this 65-acre estate, as well as the full-flavored wines, you can enjoy stunning views over the Old Mission Peninsula.
Pups are welcome to take in the whole thing with you out on the patio - provided they are well-behaved and leashed.
Stone Hill Winery
The truth is, there are a million pet-friendly things to do in Hermann, MO. But one of the best activities is spending some time at Stone Hill.
This winery welcomes pups in the tasting area and patio. Plus, you can enjoy views of Hermann while you sip or savor delicious meals.
Start Exploring the Pet-Friendly Drinking Venues Together
As we’ve seen, the USA is home to some of the best pet-friendly breweries and wineries in the world.
Whether you're on the West Coast, the East Coast, or somewhere in between, there's a pet-friendly spot for you to enjoy. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your furry friend and hit the road!
We can even recommend some pet-friendly hotels because nobody’s driving after all that IPA and wine.