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America’s Best Hotels for Beer Lovers

 

Beer tourism is a travel trend that isn’t disappearing any time soon, and to that, we happily raise a glass. These days, hotels are catering to brew-loving guests more than ever before, offering themed packages, exclusive experiences, and over-the-top amenities. From coast to coast, here are the nation’s best hotels for beer lovers—places where hops and hospitality pair to perfection.


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Hotel Vermont

Burlington, Vermont

Overlooking Lake Champlain, just an hour from the Canadian border, sits Hotel Vermont. The charming boutique property offers a rustic respite, and is especially popular amongst travelers who appreciate a well-poured pint. Manning the taps is Matt Canning, America’s first beer concierge. His job entails providing beverage recommendations to thirsty guests and leading craft brew tours through Burlington’s top spots by bike or van. While in town, grab a locally sourced bite at Juniper, try to score a sought-after can of Heady Topper, and sip on some of the newest brews from the region.

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McMenamins Old St. Francis School

Bend, Oregon

In addition to being Oregon’s outdoor adventure capital, Bend has also been on the radar of beer lovers for years thanks to its world-class suds and nearly 30 craft breweries that call the city home. The folks at Old St. Francis School decided to tap into this burgeoning demographic back in 2004, transforming a historic Catholic schoolhouse built in 1936 into a full-fledged hotel. An expansion in 2016 brought the total room count to 60, and the property also offers a handful of onsite watering holes, including a broom closet speakeasy, a traditional pub, and its very own brewery, housed in the former school’s basement cafeteria.

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Graduate Richmond

Richmond, Virginia

Think you can still knock ‘em back like you did in your college days? Find out for yourself at this recently opened boutique hotel, nestled in Virginia’s bustling capital city. Its mod-meets-preppy vibe brings a welcome addition to Richmond’s downtown hotel scene and weaves in plenty of scholarly themed touches throughout. Sip your way through the city with the Draft Picks package, which leads guests on a three-stop tasting tour of the area’s top breweries, and stay tuned for its upcoming rooftop bar (slated to open this spring). You can also bring along your four-legged friends to this pet-friendly hotel for no extra fee. Trust us when we say this is definitely an upgrade from the dorm rooms you remember.

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Arlo SoHo

New York, New York

Beer lovers looking for a comfortable stay in the Big Apple should check into a room at the Arlo SoHo. The thoughtfully designed space features modern furniture and a refined aesthetic to make any urban explorer feel right at home. Pull up a chair at the rooftop bar, Good Story, which overlooks the Hudson River, or pick up a six-pack at Bodega, its onsite 24-hour pantry. Now through March, take advantage of Camp Arlo, its newest pop-up in partnership with tent-sharing startup Tentrr. Guests can grab a pint and get cozy in one of three decked-out tents, featuring old school board games, shearling blankets, and outdoor heaters.

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Hotel Saugatuck

Saugatuck, Michigan

Sure, it’s great to sit back and enjoy an ice-cold draft drawn from the tap, but if you ever get the urge to roll up your sleeves for a more hands-on experience, this is the place for you. The Hotel Saugatuck is a luxury bed and breakfast with just 18 guest rooms; overlooking Michigan’s Kalamazoo Lake, it’s been attracting aspiring home brewers thanks to its recent collaboration with Saugatuck Brewing Company. With the Brew and Stay package, guests can get exclusive access to a master brewer, learn all about the brewing process, and work together to concoct their very own craft beer (complete with a 72-ounce souvenir bottle and customized label).

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The Elizabeth

Fort Collins, Colorado

Although this stunning property just launched last month, it is already becoming a cultural hub for locals and travelers alike. Fort Collins is a beer lover’s paradise, boasting 70 percent of Colorado’s craft beer production, thanks to staples like New Belgium and Odell Brewing Company. The Elizabeth’s signature Beer & Bike suite pays homage to this time-honored heritage, featuring an in-room tap serving local labels and a fully-stocked beer fridge with canned and bottled favorites. Here, the party atmosphere is alive and well, with bottle cap backsplashes, neon signage, a beer pong table, and huge outdoor patio space, perfect for entertaining.

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DogHouse Hotel & Brewery (Coming Soon)

Columbus, Ohio

BrewDog made headlines last year after announcing plans to open the world’s first crowd-funded craft beer hotel. The popular Scottish brewery launched a viral Indiegogo campaign and raised a staggering total of $324,482 (433 percent more than their original goal of $75,000). The plan is to combine the property with its brand new, state-of-the-art sour beer facility, and open its doors to guests this summer. The hotel is on track to become the “hoppiest place on earth” with Punk IPA on tap in every room, a craft beer-themed dining menu, and malted barley spa treatments. Did we mention en-suite bathrooms will be loaded with built-in, fully stocked minibars for when the urge for a shower beer strikes?

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