You can reserve the room above Riff Raff Brewing on Airbnb. (Credit: Riff Raff Brewing)
In 1994, Fredericksburg Brewing Company in Fredericksburg, Texas, coined the term “bed & brew” at its downtown brewpub where guests receive a pint on the house before retiring upstairs. To date, that bed & brew concept is gaining popularity – and beer lovers across the country can rest assured that there is malted barley fermenting in adjacent rooms.
Whether you’re on beercation or traveling for work – and even if you’re sleeping in a bunk or a tent – there’s a beer hotel for you. Here are more than 20 breweries that provide pillows after their pints.
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A Bed with Your Craft Beer
Fredericksburg Brewing is among a number of hotels and lodges where beer is also brewed across the country. In addition to its Edgefield, Oregon, location, McMenamins brews beer at several historic hotel locations, including the Old St. Francis School Hotel in Bend and the Kennedy School Hotel in Portland.
Another immersive beer-and-lodging experience awaits you at the utopian Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee. The brewery is just one feature of the resort in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains, which boasts an award-winning executive chef, a world-class wine cellar, spa treatments, paddle sports, fly fishing, horseback riding, archery and more. Here, guests can enjoy award-winning beers made by Head Brewer Daniel Heisler in a small dairy barn that used to be used for sheep milking.
More breweries with beds onsite include Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co., which is located on the first floor of Hotel Denver in Glenwood Springs, Colorado; New Hampshire’s Woodstock Inn, which is home to a 7-barrel brewing system that serves its house beers; and the Snowy Mountain Brewery, which brews its beers at the Saratoga Hot Springs Resort in Saratoga, Wyoming. You can also find beers that come with beds at Wisconsin’s Brewery Creek Inn, Napa Valley’s Calistoga Inn Restaurant and Brewery, Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse at the Norwich Inn in Vermont, New Mexico’s Taos Trail Inn, North Country Brewing Co. at The Harmony Inn in Pennsylvania, the Seneca Lodge in New York and the Sneaky Tiki Brewery at the Lake Texoma Lodge & Resort in Oklahoma.
Breweries that Have Opened Their Own Hotels
Stay in the Mother Earth Motor Lodge down the street from the Kinston, NC, brewery. (Mother Earth Brewing)
Dogfish Head took the hospitality world by storm when they opened the Dogfish Head Inn in Lewes, Delaware. Here, guests can enjoy in-room growlers, beer-infused soap, coffee brewed with barley, VIP tours of the brewery, and VIP seating at two of the brewery’s restaurants, Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats and Chesapeake & Maine.
In Kinston, North Carolina, Mother Earth Brewing is paying homage to the city’s roots with the Mother Earth Motor Lodge down the street from the brewery. This hotel, formerly known as Kinston’s Midtown Motor Lodge, is helping to revitalize a once-thriving nightlife destination with beer for sale at the front desk and an onsite mini-golf course to boot.
In 2018, Stone Brewing plans to debut the Stone Hotel in a renovated historic building adjacent to Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in Escondido, California. Stone promises some serious wow factor at this new establishment, with three onsite bars for special tappings and events, complimentary beer upon check-in, in-room growler delivery and more.
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Airbnb & Hostels
“Got Beer?” asks the headline of Riff Raff Brewing’s Airbnb listing in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. The brewery owners have installed two apartments atop the brewpub, which is just blocks away from Pagosa Hot Springs’ iconic The Springs Resort & Spa. This family-friendly Airbnb also invites four-legged friends to stay the night and accompany their owners next to the fire pit on the brewery patio.
Although not affiliated with the Sweet Peas Hostel in Asheville, North Carolina, the Lexington Avenue Brewery (known locally as LAB) shares a building with a cozy downtown hostel. The brewpub boasts an array of beer styles, a full dinner menu, and a late-night food menu to boot. Nightcap opportunities abound.
Camping & Glamping
Maine’s Funky Bow Brewery has yurts on site. (Credit: Funky Bow Brewery)
“On the outside, it looks like a yurt, but go inside and it looks like the Ritz-Carlton,” says owner Paul Lorrain. The yurt comes complete with a deck, a fire pit, hammocks, a wood stove and a composting toilet. It attracts visitors from all over the world –and it books up quickly.
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Add a beer blanket to your remote camping trip at the log cabins at Roughwoods Inn and Cafe in Nenana, Alaska. This brewpub has 6 motel rooms where you can retire after enjoying their three German-style beers (brewed 35 gallons at a time) on tap: Pilsener, Oktoberfest, and hefeweizen. Roughwoods stays busy in the summer, quiet in the winter, hosting a large number of European visitors seeking German flavors from back home.
From roughing it in remote cabins and glamping in yurts on farms to downtown hotel amenities like in-room growler service and beer soap, these breweries make any beercation better. They put as much care into their hospitality as they do their liquid craft to deliver travel experiences you’ll be telling stories about for years to come.