If you're a serious beer lover, chances are you're always on the hunt for your next brew-fueled adventure. And you're not alone: America's beer tourism trend is stronger than ever, with hotels across the country eagerly hopping on board. From custom beers and fancy amenities to exclusive guest experiences, check out these hotels for your next beercation inspiration.
(Key West, Florida)
This island hideaway first opened its doors to guests last summer, transforming a former boatyard and fishermen's village into the hippest new retreat in Key West—a notorious destination where the party never stops. Although it's newly built, guests will feel like they've stepped back in time, thanks to a combination of rough concrete, metallic patina and reclaimed wood accents. Stop by one of the in-house seafood-driven restos and order a pint of the exclusive signature brews (Shrimp Road APA, Boat Dog Lager and Stock Rock Wheat Ale), which just debuted last month, while enjoying the Keys' famous sunsets.
People have long flocked to Portland to drink in its exceptional beer culture, and this hotel is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. The eccentric downtown hotel, housed in a circa-1912 building, is peppered with personality and on-brand amenities. Guests can expect perks like free bike rentals and a nightly Social Hour, when guests can mingle, enjoy live music and sip the best local beers (including Dreifecta, a custom collaboration with Widmer Brothers, a pioneer of Portland's craft beer scene).
(San Diego, California)
What's not to love about sun-kissed San Diego? It boasts perfect weather year-round, radiates that laid-back lifestyle and pours some of the world's premier pints. Located in the heart of the historic Gaslamp Quarter, this luxurious urban-coastal retreat is one of the area's newer additions, but it's already landed quite a name for itself among beer aficionados, thanks to Nason's Beer Hall. Patrons can choose from an expansive collection of experimental local and international brews, served alongside a killer menu (try the pretzel bun burger, topped with bacon and mustard jam, or the vegetarian eggplant schnitzel).
(Woodstock, New Hampshire)
Anyone looking for a rustic reprieve paired with domestic drafts should look no further than the Woodstock Inn. Tucked away in northern New Hampshire, the hotel is housed in a former train depot and decked out with charming design details. But the real draw is its 37-barrel brewery, which produces an impressive array of year-round and seasonal beers. Guests are welcome to tour the facility and learn about the art of brewing, followed by a sampling of whatever's on tap at the moment. Keep an eye on the ever-changing calendar of beer-themed events to stay in the loop.
Relive your college glory days at the Graduate Tempe, located just steps away from Arizona State University, where Southwest style converges with Tempe's youthful party atmosphere. For a tranquil afternoon, hang by Tapacubo, its poolside cantina dishing out modern Mexican street fare and refreshing cervezas. The merrymaking continues on the fourth-floor rooftop, where sports fans can enjoy the Brats and Brews happy hour every Thursday through Sunday during spring training. Plus, you're never far from the area's award-winning breweries, such as Four Peaks and Huss Brewing Company.
Ian Centrone is a native New Yorker and freelance writer always on the hunt for his next adventure. Follow his travels at @iancentrone.
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