An in-person surprise at Lincoln Beer Company in Burbank

Michael Loren

If you didn't know it was there, you would miss it. Lincoln Beer Company in Burbank is nestled in the more industrial part of Burbank near the Burbank airport and it is a fantastic place to visit for an afternoon of cold craft beer. The surprising thing about Lincoln Beer Company, though, is that while it serves adult beverages, it's also a very family-friendly place. In fact, it's the place to be for Burbank parent gatherings.

Burbank Beer Company's thing is beer (obviously). The no-frills approach of this establishment is refreshing and the beer is exceptional. I highly recommend a flight ($11 for four five-ounce tasters) because their selection is pretty exciting. Some of my favorites include Perfectly Pineapple (a fruited wheat), Sticks and Beans (a cinnamon vanilla stout), experimental subtle smirk (a hazy IPA), and Hollywood Way (a very tasty but not-too-bitter IPA).

The tasting room is open from late afternoons (4 or 5 pm) to early evenings (8 or 10 pm depending on the day) and closed on Mondays. They do not serve food (other than the likes of bags of potato chips and assorted gummy bears, but on Thursday through Saturday, food trucks abound (you can check the website for which trucks will visit when you're planning to be there).

The fascinating thing about Lincoln Beer Company is that it seems to be a regular hang out for Burbank moms and dads. There is a play corner of the establishment with a rug, blocks, and toys including board games, toy planes, and books for kids. There is usually a game of corn hole set up outside, and there is ample room in the Burbank tasting room for kids to run around while mom and dad socialize and sip their stouts.

Does a tasting room seem like the last place to go for an afternoon of family fun? Yes. Is it awesome? Absolutely. When we visited, we brought our toddlers and wrangled each others' kids as they ran through the play area (don't worry - there was a designated driver). The laid-back atmosphere of Lincoln Beer Company was perfect for messy kids and relaxed conversation.

Oh, and did I mention the beer is really, really good? This Burbank brewery has been open since 2017 and is well-known in the area for their tasty IPAs and lagers with interesting flavor combinations. If you're looking for a great place to taste beer and not have to hire a babysitter. Lincoln Beer Company is the place to be.

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