3 Tips for Planning an Unforgettable Birthday Party at a Brew Pub

The numbers don't lie. Canadians definitely prefer beer over wine and spirits, with beer making up 51% of total alcohol consumed by Canadians over the age of 15 in 2010. If you're one of the 51%, planning your next birthday party at a brew pub could be a great idea. Many brew pubs have limited space at their venue, so be sure to call ahead of time to make reservations for your entire party. In addition, take a look at some of the many features or additional accommodations that each brew pub can offer. Here are 3 tips on how you can spice up the party so that it becomes an unforgettable experience for everyone.

Request a Brewery Tour

If you love beer, the processes involved with brewing beer will fascinate you. It's amazing how fermenting sugar and yeast can lead to such amazingly delicious results. While the brewery part of the pub is usually closed to the public, many pubs will make an exception for large parties. If you're hosting a birthday party at the brew pub, call ahead of time and put in a request to get a brewery tour. A staff member will walk your party through the brewery, explain how the machines and equipment work, and provide further insight and details into the brewing process.

If the brewery produces a lot of different types of beer, you'll learn a lot about what it takes to make the different types. During the tour, you and your party might even be able to sample the different types of beer that are made at the brewery. It's not uncommon for people to leave the brewery tour with a new appreciation for beer.

Reserve Coat Checking and Parking Spaces

To get the party started as soon as possible, you want to make sure that everything goes smoothly. Waiting in line at coat check and looking for a parking space can take up a lot of time. Thankfully, many brew pubs can make special accommodations for large birthday parties. If you are hosting a private event, the pub may offer a seasonal coat check and may also reserve a certain amount of parking spots for your guests. This way, no one will have to park three streets down. Some pubs may even offer complimentary valet parking.

Depending on how large of a party you have and whether the brew pub frequently offers party packages, some brew pubs may even offer shuttle services in order to prevent any of their patrons from driving intoxicated after they leave.

Get a Private Room with Audio-Visual Equipment Already Set Up

If you don't really like crowds and would appreciate a more private birthday party, you can see whether the brew pub offers private rooms large enough to accommodate your party. This way, everyone will be able to spend time with one another without getting lost in the crowds. You'll also have the option of decorating the private rooms. Some brew pubs will offer to set up audiovisual equipment like TV monitors.

In the event that the brew pubs don't have the equipment or electronics you are looking for, they will usually accommodate you if you ask to bring your own. In fact, a staff member may even help you set everything up before the entire party arrives.


Although most people overlook throwing their birthday parties at a brew pub, it's actually a really good venue that you should consider. Most brew pubs have many different party packages available, so call ahead of time and you might be surprised at the many services and additional features that they can offer you.