Reader: Stapletonians have nearly ruined Station 26

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Station 26 is at home in Stapleton.
There's no better way to enjoy a beautiful Colorado day than sitting outside in the sunshine, enjoying one of Colorado's liquid assets: craft beer. Fortunately, there are dozens of great brewery patios along the Front Range. Some are intimate backyard spaces, others are expansive parks. And some, like Station 26, could double as a daycare center, according to one reader.

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Says Milleralexjames:

I love their beer but Stapletonians have nearly ruined Station 26. This is a brewery, not a playground, idiots -- control your children and keep an eye on them. The only bright spot in this is that when my son is old enough to run around, you've all given me glaring examples of how NOT to be a parent.
Have you been to Station 26? At what restaurants do you see the worst-behaved kids? The worst-behaved parents?


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Station 26 Brewing

7045 E. 38th Ave., Denver, CO

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ccarey110
ccarey110

Milleralexjames is 100% right.  I stopped going there after the time I couldn't get a seat at the bar because a Mom was playing go fish with her five year old.  What is wrong with this picture?  An adult of legal drinking age can't spend money at a bar because a five year old is bellied up with his Mom.  Frankly, I wondered if this was even legal.  Totally get it if its' a coffee shop or restaurant, but bringing your kids to a brew pub that serves NOTHING BUT BEER is irresponsible.  No food (other than food trucks) no soda, no juice - JUST BEER.  I don't get it.  Buy a growler and take it home, people.  Clearly Station 26 caters to that clientele so, I just stopped going.  Plenty of other craft beer choices and more and are coming in the Park HIll/Stapleton area. Love kids, but, not at a brew pub where there is nothing else for them to do.

Vic-Stevinson
Vic-Stevinson

Perhaps "Milleralexjames" is the one cramping the scene at Station 26.

Lately I've encountered families and groups with very well behaved children. I make it a point to buy their dessert and let them know it's appreciated.

As for Stapleton specifically, it is Family Land: I don't go there if I'm not in the mood for that situation -- especially around peak meal times.

I'm also the guy who watched two kids playing tag in the dining room at Panzano, and when they ran into the legs of a server carrying a tray laden with dinner plates. I asked loudly: "WHOSE BRATS ARE THESE? CONTROL YOUR KIDS!" When the father came over, he flashed me a nasty look so I called him out: "What did I do? You're the shitty dad." I'm big enough to get away with it.

Aj Jensen
Aj Jensen

That's not an accurate or fair assumption. Those of us living in Stapleton/Park Hill have been desperately waiting for ANY bar/cafe/brewery to open up that wasn't a chain. We're desperate to get out. And not all of us have poorly behaved children. If you don't like it, go somewhere else, or start your own bar so people have more choices.

Rachel Louden Carnicelli
Rachel Louden Carnicelli

I hate fake divisive stories like this. Colorado is a great place to live for so many reasons and the craft beer scene is one of them. Exposing kids in a positive way to locally sourced artisan foods and drink makes Denver a great community to raise kids. I love supporting small local businesses too. All of Denver's neighborhoods have interesting residents with their own vibe. This bashing seems really unnecessary. Bashing parents and kids and "hipsters" is depressing and makes us all sounds at odds with each other. Stupid.

John Wayne Claybaugh
John Wayne Claybaugh

All that being said, kids don't need to be in any sort of bar setting. I never was as a kid, and I turned out just fine.

alisha7
alisha7

Ps. Your kids hate going to breweries, so don't take them.

Mike Zandin
Mike Zandin

Kids need to learn that having one or two beers in a social environment is ok. Kids do not need to first learn that 20 beers is ok when they get to college. (Because it's not) Parents can teach them the difference between the two, high school and college buddies cannot.

Joslyn Larned
Joslyn Larned

What place to kids have at a bar? REALLY? People preach about how alcohol is so bad but they are being raised to the point where it's acceptable to go to bar until what age? And I'm sure their kids won't drink underage at some point. Way to set the bar there parents.

Lisa Boulay
Lisa Boulay

Thanks for the reminder to never go there...noisy kids in a bar, no thanks!

DaveyJust Davey
DaveyJust Davey

So, let me get this straight, go to brewery, drink and strap your kid in car? Hmm, I wouldn't do that to my dogs!

Jenna Reilly Gavin
Jenna Reilly Gavin

Damn parents for bringing their wild beast into public. They should lock them away until they are at least 18- oh wait- 90% of the bad behavior I see in public is from entitled hipsters. I prefer I child laughing and playing than a skinny jeaned prick at liking loudly into his phone on speaker about his "hookup/ that ho/ his app that's going to take off." Or the group of girls who squeal and ekkk literally drowning out all the conversations around them. Guess what those snot noses little imagination factories are going to one day wipe your ass at your nursery home. Maybe it's time to start showing respect to the people that are raising the generation that will take care of us. Or better yet respect all members of our society and stop sounding like the sun sets on you selfish ass. On a another point how are children supposed to learn if you don't expose them to things. Maybe if your parent had you would be so damn in tolerate to others.

Michael Roque
Michael Roque

I figured people went to bars/breweries to get away from their kids.

Tim Hauger
Tim Hauger

Are they still testing the soil out there? Most air fields are deemed uninhabitable for decades post "seal off" Gaperton, bringing you jet fuel babies since Feb, 1995.

John Wayne Claybaugh
John Wayne Claybaugh

Why in the h--- would someone bring their kid to a place where the main business is to serve alcohol? That sounds neglectful, selfish, and immature.

Steve Haag
Steve Haag

Why exactly are you singling out Station 26? I've been to well over half the breweries in Colorado (with a baby) and have yet to come across one that had a no children policy. It's up to the people working the brewery to kick out parents/kids that are disrupting business. If you don't like it, tell a manager. 99% of the time the kids I see are sitting with their parents and well behaved.

Tim Hauger
Tim Hauger

Yes, Gaperton, where they all have a beer or six at the pub, then go home, beat the kids, slap the wife, and surf animal porn. Welcome home gapers.

Darin Hymel
Darin Hymel

I think many people are missing the main point raised in the article: it isn't that kids are there, it is that many of the kids are unruly! That is something i, too, have a problem with in any public place. Yes, by all means, come out as a family. Just be sure your children are not running amuck while you socialize.

Patty Coonse
Patty Coonse

I have been in restaurants where the children have literally jumped up on my table. I stood up and told the unruly little brat to go sit down and shut up and ask their parents to teach them some manners. The oarents glared hatefully at me, The other patrons applauded me. I didn't act like a wild banshee as a child- I had to wait til adulthood for that ;)-

Stacy Christine
Stacy Christine

I think you missed the point, Jody, District Manager at Starbucks. Parents used to have some sense. Some no longer do. :)

Aundra Thompson
Aundra Thompson

Easy for non-parents to say...of you aren't this target demographic find another place

Peter Strange Yumi
Peter Strange Yumi

If you don't like the kids go elsewhere, our neighborhood is beautiful and filled with children and friendly folks who deserve a break from work with their families.

Peter Strange Yumi
Peter Strange Yumi

Small business trying to sort out neighborhood , wish them the best of luck , few blocks from my place and they have improved neighborhood , good neighbors .

Fred Kaplan
Fred Kaplan

Booze and kids. What no breastfeeding or changing diapers on the patio............ all driving home.............but its only a few blocks.

Erin Thompson
Erin Thompson

I've never been to this bar, but somehow I got sucked into hate-reading the comments and I have to say, I'm glad I moved away from Denver because of how unwelcoming to families it is. You can't let the poor parents have this one place, in a family neighborhood no less? You have the rest of the city! Parents have access to alcohol all the time, so I'm pretty sure being unleashed in a brewery is not going to make us suddenly forget to not get drunk in front of our children. I don't bring my toddler to seedy bars or fancy places, I don't get drunk in front of my child, if she is crying or loud I take her outside, and I don't let her run free or misbehave in public, but I don't see any harm in having a beer with a child around. Most of us are throwing away most of our babysitting money on having the kid taken care of while we are working. 99% of a parent's life is Elmo and ABCs and nursery rhymes so I don't think one evening out doing normal stuff from your old life is selfish! As long as you are being responsible. It sounds like it's a little kid crazy at this place so that part I understand, but enough with the sweeping generalizations about bad parenting. Hiding alcohol from kids is exactly what makes it so exciting and forbidden when they become teenagers.

Mike Zandin
Mike Zandin

I truly love the family friendly craft breweries. Not only can you sit back and have a beer as your kids play Jenga(or what not) but the kids will play with other kids and soon you are talking to other parents...

Julie Eaton
Julie Eaton

wow times have changed. when i was little my dad sometimes took me with him to the bar on saturday afternoon after we ran errands. alot of the dads had their kids. we would run willy nilly all over the place. play pool and video games. go out in the parking lot and play tag or kick the can. wasn't an odd thing and nobody thought ill about it or complained. cept grumpy old drunks who pissed themselves.

Uriel Akiva
Uriel Akiva

At the Grumpy Old Man Brewery in Ouray I saw the best policy on children at breweries. There is a sign that reads "I don't bring my beer to your kids school, don't bring your kids to my brewery."

Jana Goff Tweedy
Jana Goff Tweedy

I live around the corner from Vine Street and it has lots of hipsters with their minions. I have a little guy but I don't think it's appropriate for him to hang out with me if I'm having a drink with friends. That's why you get a sitter.

Randall Erkelens
Randall Erkelens

Open a business in that hood. What did they expect ? It's not LoDo

Glenn Chavez
Glenn Chavez

Gotta disagree with the comparison only slightly in that Station 26 is strictly a taphouse/craft brewery only and not providing food service options as My Brothers Bar and Cherry Cricket do. Probably the only thing Station 26 really has in comparison with MBB is that they don't have any TVs in there either. That being said, I have noticed more people with kids at 26 than at other taphouses, and that was a bit of a concern at first, but they have always been pretty well behaved; much better than you'd see in a regular restaurant, that's for sure.

Jason Aaron W
Jason Aaron W

I went there a couple of times and found the children a little concerning, they were running underfoot to the point of almost making drop my beer, climbing on fences, crying and chattering and just all over the place. I found a nice area for me and a couple of friends to enjoy our drinks around back, where the employees take their breaks, and was quickly chased off. lol. I have kids and choose to do my pub crawling without them.

Stacy Christine
Stacy Christine

And this is coming from someone who grew up in Wisconsin!

Stacy Christine
Stacy Christine

My parents never brought me into bars, or "brewpubs" when I was a kid. This generation thinks that "entitled" only applies to those younger than them... but it doesn't. If you can't cook for your children, or just want a night off, make sure that 'night off' is in an appropriate place. And, NO, a place that makes most of its money off alcohol isn't appropriate. I don't go to Chuck E Cheese to get drunk... don't bring your kids to a bar to eat. If you want to go to a bar, get a babysitter. Simple.

Gregg Looker
Gregg Looker

But if you want to check out Station 26, we (the Democratic Party - House Distrit 7A) are hosting a fundraiser there next Saturday, 2 - 4 PM.

Rob Jenkins
Rob Jenkins

Remember hipster douches, you were kids once too and someone put up with you.

Sarah Castle
Sarah Castle

I have children and I wouldn't bring them to a bar, for them to entertain themselves, while I indulged in the libations. I find that selfish and neglectful!

Gregg Looker
Gregg Looker

Actually, there is a new microbrewery at: Mu Brewery 9735 E Colfax. It just opened up.

Chris Arellano
Chris Arellano

Someone built a brewery at the Stapleton breeding grounds and you're surprised there are kids there? There is a difference between a brewery and a shady bar where people meet to hookup.

Dawn Marie Duncan
Dawn Marie Duncan

This is nothing unique to this brewery----it's across Colorado. It seems to be on trend to bring kids to breweries. I may be wrong, but isn't 21+ exactly that? I like kids, but not in breweries/bars. Really annoying and they change the vibe, at least for those of us who are child-free.

Pete Copeland
Pete Copeland

i used to stop in when i worked in that area, it really never bothered me that family's were meeting up for drinks, it always kinda felt more lively. No one ever told me I was talking about inappropriate things around their kids or anything that dampened my experience. pretty chill IMO.

Kyle Shackelford
Kyle Shackelford

I practically got carded by a couple of children last week. They wouldn't let my friend and I through the gate.

Don Herman
Don Herman

Or we could eat them at Station 26.

Lydia Cabrera
Lydia Cabrera

Kids should stay home till they are five and if they need to be socialized take them to red robin .

Pucklife
Pucklife

@alisha7 My kids love breweries especially when we go with other families. They are a bit older, 7-10, but they play games with the other kids and sometimes meet new friends. Actually most of the kids in that age group are all laughing and socializing like their parents.

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