Ale trails and beer passport programs combine two things we love: travel and frosty, cold pints. But, there are only so many breweries you can (or should) visit in a day.
So, where do you overnight on a beer-inspired adventure? A brewery, of course! More and more breweries now offer onsite accommodations, some with perks including tours and samplers. The next time you’re ready for a beer-cation, check into one of these brewery-owned inns and hotels.
Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery (North Woodstock, NH): Located near Dartmouth College, the Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery has 40 guestrooms spread throughout six buildings with several rooms situated over the combined restaurant and brewery. Beer lovers can join the daily brewery tour ($9 per person for a tour, a tasting, and a keepsake pint glass) or book a Brewer’s Weekend package (from $271 per person), which includes a two-night stay, a multi-course beer-pairing dinner on Saturday, and a crash course in the beer-making process.
Norwich Inn (Norwich, VT): President James Monroe dined at the Norwich Inn in 1817. Although there's no historical record of whether Monroe enjoyed a beer with his meal, we like to think he did. Today, the charming 39-room inn houses an award-winning brewery, Jasper Murdock Alehouse, in its historic livery. Watch for beer-themed events and packages, such as the Bake & Beer Weekday Experience in July, which features beer tastings and beer baking classes with King Arthur Flour (from $279.50 per person).
McMenamins Kennedy School (Portland, OR): Brothers Mike and Brian McMenamin started with one humble pub in 1974. Today, their empire includes breweries, restaurants, historic hotels, music venues, movie theaters, and more. (They even have a McMenamins Passport for their properties.) While McMenamins Edgefield has more than 100 guestrooms, plus a brewery, a distillery, and a winery, we prefer the 57-room McMenamins Kennedy School, where you can sip beer from the onsite brewery in class and smoke a cigar in detention. Your best bet for a beer-cation is the Beer 101 package, which includes lodging for two, two brewery taster trays, and a growler filled with your choice of McMenamins ales (from $190 per night).
Brewhouse Inn & Suites (Milwaukee, WI): Although Brewhouse Inn & Suites doesn’t have an onsite brewery, it used to be one. The 90-room inn occupies what was once the Pabst Blue Ribbon Factory, and you’ll see evidence of its past throughout the building, including the tops of the copper brew kettles in the common areas and original signage and artwork. There’s also a restored stained-glass window depicting the patron saint of beer in the lobby and a front desk constructed out of 1,500 beer bottles from local breweries. Next door, the former mill is now Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub, where you can, naturally, order PBR on tap.
Fredericksburg Brewing Company (Fredericksburg, TX): Not only is Fredericksburg Brewing Company the oldest brewpub in Texas, it often ranks among the state’s best. The ground floor of the restored 1890s building on Main Street comprises the brewery, a restaurant, and an air-conditioned biergarten; the second floor is reserved for the brewery’s 12-guestroom Bed & Brew. As part of the stay, each guest receives a sampler of four beers every booked night (from $99).