These brewery hotels offer in-room taps and malted barley massages
“A super-sized sour sleepover.” That’s how BrewDog co-founder Martin Dickie describes The DogHouse, the Scottish brewing company’s beer-centric hotel slated to open in Columbus, Ohio, in 2018.
Connected to a sour beer production facility, the hotel — which raised more than $300,000 on Indiegogo — will feature amenities like in-room taps, malted barley massages, a Punk IPA jacuzzi and beer fridges in the shower, lest you need a sip of something sudsy between shampoo and conditioner.
However, while BrewDog is creating the imperial stout of brewery hotels, it’s far from the only lodging option for hop fans. Stone Brewing’s Stone Hotel will debut early next year in Escondido, California, offering complimentary beers at check-in and in-room growler delivery. And New Belgium is preparing to unveil a 10-barrel brewery and rooftop taproom inside Denver’s forthcoming Source Hotel, scheduled to open December 1.
Beyond those big three coming attractions, there are already a range of resorts and inns with affiliated breweries. From Wyoming to Delaware to the Czech Republic, here are 10 brewery hotels pouring pints and fluffing pillows.
Traquair House - Innerleithen, Scotland
This turreted estate is Scotland’s oldest inhabited house and a former royal hunting lodge that dates to 1107. Today, Traquair is home to 21st Lady of Traquair Catherine Maxwell Stuart, and it’s open to the public, so you can meet the menagerie of domestic creatures (like peacocks, pigs and pygmy goats), wander the half-acre hedge maze, sleep in the petit bed and breakfast, and sample ales from the award-winning brewery founded in the 1700s. Pro tip: Book your tour and tasting in advance and the lady of the house may show you around.
The Dogfish Inn - Lewes, Delaware
The most surprising detail of this modern motel owned by Dogfish Head brewing? It doesn’t serve beer. Rather, the company’s “off-centered” owner made a characteristic choice: to complement, rather than compete with, his neighbors. So, why stay? For easy access to the Dogfish brewery and brewpub; for the location, strolling distance from Lewes’s bars and beaches; for its L.L. Bean-meets-Scandinavian aesthetic and for its welcoming, we’re-all-friends vibe. With loaner bikes, free beach chairs and nightly hangs around the backyard fire pit (where founder Sam Calagione is known to swing by), you’ll hardly mind having to BYOB.
Abbey D’Orval - Florenville, Belgium
Only 11 breweries in the world make true Trappist beer, and Belgium’s Orval is one of them. However, the abbey isn’t your average hotel. This is a working monastery, and its onsite guesthouse is a place of spiritual reflection where the rooms are spartan and silence is requested. Whether you spend the night or the afternoon, the abbey is enchanting, a collection of elegant stone buildings and churches surrounded by lush lawns. The brewery itself is closed to the public, but you can explore the medieval Cistercian ruins, browse a museum that details the brewing process, hike through the nature reserve and, most importantly, purchase Orval’s homemade beer and cheese as a delicious souvenir.
McMenamins Kennedy School - Portland, Oregon
Pacific Northwest staple McMenamins operates 24 breweries, 10 hotels, dozens of pubs and a handful of music venues, but few outlets embody the brand better than the Kennedy School. Housed in a historic elementary school, this eccentric hotel puts the educational facilities to work, transforming classrooms into guest quarters, the boiler room into a bar and the auditorium into a movie theater (where overnighters catch films free of charge). The girl’s bathroom has been reincarnated as a six-barrel brewery that turns out signature ales and property exclusives for the half-dozen bars and restaurants under the Kennedy roof.
Zábřeh Chateau Historic Hotel - Ostrava, Czech Republic
The Zábřeh Chateau is a beer-infused fairytale—a gracious, 16th century manor furnished with antiques that’s been brewing since 1574. And the housemade Pikard beer flows through every aspect of the guest experience. Crafted according to traditional techniques, the lagers and wheats are piped directly from the brewery’s tanks to the restaurant’s taps, employed in the kitchen and, perhaps most surprisingly, invoked in the candlelit spa, where guests soak in baths steeped with brewing grains.
Brauereigasthof Hotel Aying - Aying, Germany
This is the Bavaria you’ve been looking for, a place where beer is the social glue that binds communities together and where Ayinger Brewery has been a household name for more than a century. Book a room at its sister hotel right on the village square, and you’ll find a property in its seventh generation of family ownership that gracefully blends historic authenticity with contemporary comforts. Rooms in the guesthouse come with a free Ayinger beer, but don’t skip the Snuggery, a traditional tavern that pulls steins straight from the barrel and where locals and visitors toast together in the lively beer garden.
Saratoga Hot Springs Resort - Saratoga, Wyoming
Once hailed as the “place of magic waters,” the mineral hot springs at this rustic resort on the Upper North Platte River have drawn soakers for centuries. Today, the teepee-covered tubs and spring-fed pool can be paired with a more flavorful elixir courtesy of in-house Snowy Mountain Brewery, which cooks up eight craft beers, including Indian Rye IPA and High Altitude Helles.
Flåmsbrygga Hotel - Flam, Norway
The Vikings were on to something. That’s the inescapable idea at Flamsbrygga, perched at the end of the Aurlandsfjord, where mountains spring from the water in a stunning panorama. Spend your day on a fjord safari or hiking to waterfalls, then retreat to the Ægir Brewery in the evening. Named for a Norse sea spirit who threw lavish parties for the gods, the brewery resembles a stave church with carved dragon heads, a stone fireplace and a menu of nordic cuisine often cooked in ale. Consider a Viking plank for dinner, a five-course beer and food pairing that includes specialties like smoked reindeer.
Calistoga Inn - Calistoga, California
At the epicenter of West Coast wine country, the Calistoga Inn is a breath of fresh air: an unpretentious accommodation where bathrooms are shared, dinner is served riverside and the drink of choice is beer. Produced under the name Napa Valley Brewing Company, draughts like Oak Hill IPA and Calistoga Pilsner are available exclusively onsite, so chasing a day of cabernet with a cold pint is practically mandatory.
Irseer Klosterbräu - Irsee, Germany
The Bavarian village of Irsee was built around a Benedictine monastery, and today, one the monastic enclaves has been reborn as Irseer Klosterbräu, a delightfully quaint 48-room hotel. Also resurrected was the monks’ brewery, which offers tours, a small museum and, of course, samples of the gently spiced ales created onsite and best savored in the outdoor beer garden.