10Best: The Nation's 10 Best Hotels for Beer Drinkers

  • Buy a growler at McMenamin's and drink it anywhere on the property.

    Beercations a Hopping Trend

    Taking a beercation? Enhance your brewery, brewpub and beer bar visits by staying overnight in a hotel or resort that extends the beer experience long into the evening. Increasing numbers of brewpubs are adding guest rooms, while some luxury resorts offer brewery bike tours as part of their packages or invite spa clients to soak in tubs of beer.

    Photo courtesy of Kathleen Nyberg

  • Guests can stay at the inn or in one of two cottages at Wisconsin's Brewery Creek brewpub.

    1. Brewery Creek – Mineral Point, Wisconsin

    Tucked away in a teensy town between Madison, Wisconsin, and Dubuque, Iowa, Brewery Creek's owners answer the question of how to get home safely after an evening spent at their 15-barrel brewpub: They built five guest rooms on the second and third floors and opened up two stone cottages (within "stumbling distance") for overnight stays.
    The buildings date back to the 19th century, with some rooms boasting fireplaces, and the cottages accommodate four sleepers. The brewpub's exposed stone walls and hand-hewn beams carry on the rustic vibe, while respecting overnight guests by closing around 10 p.m.

    Photo courtesy of Brewery Creek

  • Brew kettles decorate the hallways in this former PBR brewhouse.

    2. The Brewhouse Inn & Suites – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    The 21st century motif of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer can best be described as "what's old is new again." Just as the pioneering brand found new life as a hipster fave, the old facility where it was brewed from 1882 to 1996 has been converted into an extended-stay hotel. Guests staying in Milwaukee for five nights or more can check into any of the restored brewery's 90 suites, which come complete with kitchens and downtown views.
    History lovers will appreciate the old brewing equipment that lines the hallways, as well as the original two-story, stained-glass window that depicts Saint Gambrinus, the "patron saint" of brewing, and the 1,530 beer bottles that decorate the front desk.

    Photo courtesy of The Brewhouse Inn & Suites

  • Dogfish Head Brewing Co. opened this beer motel in Lewes, Delaware, in 2014.

    3. Dogfish Inn – Lewes, Delaware

    Mid-century modern motifs and sparse furnishings outfit Dogfish Head's renovated coastal motel, where 16 rooms give guests quick access to the beach and a bike path to the Dogfish Head brewpub, with the production brewery just 11 miles in the opposite direction. Dogs and kids are welcome at the inn, as is BYOB beer, but you won't find a bar onsite, out of respect for the local bars and restaurants that carry the motel's namesake brew. Instead, what you will find is a library curated by staff at the City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco.

    Photo courtesy of Dogfish Head Brewing Co.

  • Four Points by Sheraton near LAX pours complimentary craft beers daily.

    4. Four Points by Sheraton – Los Angeles International Airport

    This property launched the Four Points chain's Best Brew program, which recognizes brand hotels that carry more than 100 local, regional and imported beers. The six taps by the pool only pour beer produced at small LA-area breweries, and the bottle list impresses, with brag-worthy rarities. Brewsters Beererie serves three meals per day and recommends beer pairings with some of its dishes.

    Photo courtesy of Starwood Hotels

  • Texas' oldest brewpub accommodates guests in themed rooms.

    5. Fredericksburg Brewing Co. Bed & Brew – Fredericksburg, Texas

    Saddle up at Texas' oldest brewpub, dating to 1994 and housed in a circa-1890s building that's been restored to historical accuracy. Above the ground-floor brewpub, 12 guest rooms – each with its own bathroom and decorative theme – provide safe harbor to cowboys and cowgirls who may have swilled down a few too many lagers and ales at the restaurant or German-style biergarten. Lucky for them, they can also walk it off on a stroll through downtown, where laws allow for open containers.

    Photo courtesy of Fredericksburg Brewing Co.

  • Hotel Solamar prides itself on serving local brews at happy hour.

    6. Hotel Solamar – San Diego

    Free beer? Every day? From San Diego's best breweries? Yes, yes and yes. Guests congregate in the lobby daily from 5 to 6 p.m. for complimentary pours of beers from the likes of Lost Abbey, Stone and St. Archer. Beer reps and brewers have been known to stop by with some special stuff, and they may end up spending the evening beering and dining guests at the hotel's locavore dining room, Jsix.

    Photo courtesy of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

  • Vermont's beer concierge leads Hotel Vermont guests on bike trips to Burlington breweries.

    7. Hotel Vermont – Burlington, Vermont

    Hotel Vermont's beer concierge leads full-day bike tours through Burlington's craft beer scene, in season. On a day-long driving tour, he takes guests to explore the region's best bars and breweries and helps them score coveted "whales" from breweries like The Alchemist, Hill Farmstead and Lawson's Finest Liquids. Back at "home," farm-to-table dining rounds out the true Vermont experience offered by the modern yet natural lodge.

    Photo courtesy of Hotel Vermont

  • Nestled into the Pennsylvania mountains, The Lodge at Woodloch pampers guests with beer spa treatments.

    8. The Lodge at Woodloch – Hawley, Pennsylvania

    Tucked into the Pennsylvania mountains is one of the world's most luxurious spa resorts, which designed a treatment around Dogfish Head Brewery's Midas Touch ale. Inspired by the beer's ancient origins and ingredients, spa therapists exfoliate clients with hops, barley and honey, then soak them in a beer bath and follow that with a massage using papaya and melon-infused oils. Guests can also dine with the resort's executive chef as he prepares beer-pairing dinners with produce sourced from the on-site garden.

    Photo courtesy of Keith Scott Morton

  • The brewpub at Las Vegas' Main Street Station stays open almost all night.

    9. Main Street Station Casino Brewery Hotel – Las Vegas

    Gamblers can spin the wheel, then tip a glass at the Triple 7 Restaurant and Microbrewery, located in the Main Street Station casino and hotel just off the Vegas Strip. Six taps flow with house beers, with one dedicated to a rotating – usually seasonal – brewmasters reserve and another to exploring the many varieties of hops. The loud and lively brewpub serves bar food and sushi and stays open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 a.m.

    Photo courtesy of Boyd Gaming

  • Edgefield is the biggest of the McMenamins properties and boasts the largest brewpub.

    10. McMenamins Edgefield – Troutdale, Oregon

    Called an "adult Disneyland" for beer lovers, the Edgefield property within the McMenamins' Pacific Northwest chain of resorts can claim two of the company's superlative distinctions: It has both the most acreage and is the biggest of 24 brewpubs. Despite its elegant grounds, Edgefield pulses with a serious sense of fun and funkiness. Fill up growlers at the resort's eight bars and restaurants, taste housemade ciders, wines and spirits or purchase the Beer 101 package. This provides an overnight stay, a flight of six beers and a growler to sample as you golf, soak in a pool or just admire the outdoorsy scenery, 20 miles outside Portland.

    Photo courtesy of Liz Devine

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