10 Bed and Brews Changing Beer Travel

By Anthony Orig

Today, travelers have ample lodging choices that range from upscale resorts to cozy bed and breakfasts. But thanks to the growth of small and independent craft breweries, we’re starting to see more and more breweries on hotel grounds offering options for traveling beer lovers. At these bed and brews, guests can enjoy a cold, craft beer in the comfort of their hotel after a long day of visiting the local attractions. This allows guests to socialize for as long as they please, knowing that a good night’s sleep is only a few steps away.

Brewing on hotel grounds is also a sustainable way of serving beer. Instead of importing beers to serve to guests, the beers are brewed and bottled within walking distance of where it is served. Often times, the beer crafted at these unique stops cannot be found anywhere other than the hotel itself, making them truly unique.

Here are some lodging options that are sure to provide some good hand crafted beers and some good times on your next vacation.

10 Bed and Brews Changing Beer Travel

Dogfish Head Brewery  | Milton, DE

The Dogfish Inn was built around the celebration of the classic family vacation while embracing convince and a modern style. Each of the inn’s 16 rooms features a mini fridge stocked with local snacks and barware to enjoy fresh beers from the brewery. But the rooms are just the start. The inn also provides retro beach chairs and tote bags for exploring the surrounding beaches and treasure maps to help visitors locate and enjoy the area.

Fredericksburg Brewing Co. | Fredericksburg, TX

The oldest brewpub in Texas features 12 unique rooms available to guests. While guests don’t get breakfast, they receive a free sampler of several of their craft beers each night they stay.

Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co. | Glenwood Springs, CO

This brewpub opened its doors in 1996 on the first floor of the historic Hotel Denver. In recent years, Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co. has won many awards, including a gold medal at the 2010 Great American Beer Festival for their Carbonator Doppelbock. Whether you’re visiting the local hot springs (just over a bridge) or rafting down the Colorado River, be sure to stop in!

Napa Valley Brewing Company | Calistoga, CA

Nestled among vineyards and wineries, the 18-room Calistoga Inn has a rich history. According to staff, the inn has, “survived the economic effects of the depression, periods of neglect and five major wars.” In 1987 the brewery opened, becoming Napa County’s first brewery since the days of prohibition.

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Oskar Blues REEB Ranch | Hendersonville, NC

REEB Cycles was founded in 2011 by some folks at Oskar Blues Brewery who eat, breathe and sweat bikes. The Ranch, which is surrounded by DuPont State Forest and Pisgah National Forest, was dreamt up in 2014 to compliment the “beers n’ bikes” culture and give the REEB bicycles a place to roam.

Peter B’s Brewpub | Monterey Bay, CA

The elegant Portola Hotel and Spa is home to Monterey Bay’s only craft brewery, Peter B’s. After riding around on what USA Today calls “one of the top bike paths in the country,” or a game of golf at the nearby Pebble Beach Golf Links, be sure to enjoy a cold craft beer on their pet-friendly patio.

Shipyard Brewing Company | Peaks Island, ME

A 15-minute boat ride across the Casco Bay will take you to Peaks Island, home to about 1,000 permanent residents. The Inn on Peaks Island, a small six-suite inn, features beer from Shipyard Brewing Company’s on-site 15-bbl brewhouse. Visitors claim that “if you’re looking for a great place to relax and unwind, come to the Inn on Peaks Island soon.”

Snowy Mountain Brewery | Saratoga, WY

The Snowy Mountain Brewery finds its home at the Saratoga Resort and Spa. Brewer Steve Simpson’s brewing roots date back to his great-grandmother who brewed beer after emigrating from Ireland. Today, Steve carries this family tradition on with his unique styles of beer.

Trapp Family Lodge Brewery  | Stowe, VT

After fleeing the Nazi regime in the 1940s, the von Trapp family (yes, the family featured in “The Sound of Music”) settled in Stowe and opened this lodge in 1950. In the spring of 2010, Johannes von Trapp finally saw his decade-long dream of brewing Austrian-style beer for their guests become a reality. With 2,500 acres of land surrounding this alpine lodge, I can’t imagine a more picturesque setting to enjoy a beer.

Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery | North Woodstock, NH

What really sets this 33-room inn apart is their ‘Brewers Weekend’. These weekends are designed for guests who want to make and drink their own beer. The New York Times claims that this experience allows guests to take part in every part of the brewing experience, “including the messy work of removing hundreds of pounds of processed grain from the mash tun.”

With more than 1,000 brewpubs in the U.S., many of them have relationships with local accommodations. Be sure to ask them where they suggest to stay to make a mini-vacation out of your next tour or tasting.