3947 N Williams Ave., 287-6258, hopworksbeer.com. 11 am-11 pm Sunday-Thursday, 11 am-midnight Friday-Saturday.
Hopworks Urban Brewery provides a welcoming place for people with kids and desk jobs to get beers. They have all the standbys (lager, stout, IPA, ESB), plus a few odder Belgians for the “beer guy” in the group (Abbey, Apple, Tripel). Their survival 7-grain stout is a meal in a cup. For those who want real food, the kitchen is organic, free-range and fresh. Both the original location on Southeast Powell and the satellite bar on North Williams are bike-friendly. If the kids need to tag along as their parents S-P-E-L-L out certain words, they’re more than welcome to order apple juice. Neatly lettered stat sheets listing ABVs and IBUs make it easy for weekend warriors to act like connoisseurs. LYLA ROWEN.
DRINK THIS: Hub Lager and a pizza slice for $2.50. No surprises here, the lager tastes as it should and the pizza is fresh.