Bed and Brews of America

By Anthony Orig

Today, travellers have ample lodging choices that range from upscale resorts to cozy bed and breakfasts. However, there are only a handful of places in the U.S. which cater to travelling beer lovers by placing a brewery on hotel grounds. 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 from around the world 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 ‘bed and brews’ 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.

Fredericksburg BreweryFredericksburg Brewing Co. | Fredericksburg, TX

The oldest brewpub in Texas features twelve unique rooms available to guests. The brewery itself has won five medals at the Great American Beer Festival® (GABF) and brews twenty-one different beers. While Bed and Brew guests do not receive a breakfast, they instead receive a free sampler of several of their craft beers each night they stay.

Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co. | Glenwood Springs, CO

This brew-pub 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 ranging from “Best Place to Socialize” from the Glenwood Post in 2009, to a gold medal at the 2010 GABF 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!

Snowy Mountain Brewery | Saratoga, WY

The Snowy Mountain Brewery finds its home at the Saratoga Resort and Spa. In 2010, DRAFT Magazine listed this as one of the top six resorts with a brewery. 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.

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”.

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.

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 6-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”.

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.

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, VT 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.

Stone Brewing Co. | Escondido, CA

Stone recently announced their $20 million expansion plan, which includes a hotel across the street from its brewery. While it may not be directly upstairs, it’s still going to be a very short walk to your bed at night. This 50-room hotel is set to open in 2013 and Brewmaster Steve Wagner claims “we’ll have arguably the best darn mini-bars in the country”.

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

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Anthony OrigAnthony Orig is the current Craft Beer Program Intern at the Brewers Association. He attends the University of Colorado at Boulder and will be graduating in December 2011 with degrees in Environmental Studies and Geography. As an avid outdoor enthusiast, he enjoys craft brews the most after long days of exploring in the mountains. Still new to the craft beer brewing world, he looks forward to learning more about the industry and meeting the people behind the beer. Follow his daily beer and mountain adventures on Twitter.