Bed, Breakfast and Beer
Guest post by Brittney Oliver
Wine has sommeliers and beer has cicerones. The world of malts and hops is rapidly expanding and more and more microbreweries have been exploding onto the spirits scene. Emerging cults of beer enthusiasts are traveling far and wide to experience the fragility and deliciousness of the craft.
Actually, some of the best places for beer lovers to vacation are at a bed and breakfast. Who knew? Many B&Bs offer fantastic packages and amenities to help travelers create the ultimate brewcation – some of the B&Bs are actually breweries themselves. Enthusiasts will learn about the brewing process, sample various craft beers and even create their very own beer.
So forget the weekend away at the vineyard – this year, it’s all about the brew.
B&B and a Brewery
The Woodstock Inn Brewery in North Woodstock, NH has been crafting award-winning ales since 1995. One of the few B&Bs that owns a full-time brewery, this inn offers the “Brewer’s Weekend” package that includes a brewery tour and commemorative apparel to remember your trip. The brewery tour showcases the use of a traditional seven-barrel system the helps create their 16 seasonal ales and stouts that you can sample throughout the weekend.
Saturday Night at a B&B Pub
The eco-friendly, Forty Putney Road Bed & Breakfast in Brattleboro, VT offers the “Good Sport Package” – where your in-room fridge is stocked with 6 different local microbrews and hard ciders. This inn also has an authentic Irish Pub, a great spot to sample some of these craft beers with the locals.
Historic Beer Tour
The Bayfront Marin House Bed and Breakfast is a pet-friendly, waterfront B&B located in the historic town of St. Augustine, FL. Take a tour of this historic town and learn how the breweries played a major role in the city’s structuring. For a more exhilarating experience opt for the haunted tour to learn about the city’s paranormal legends that frequent these taverns.
Brew Your Own Beer
Sherwood Forest Bed and Breakfast in Saugatuck, MI had the beer enthusiast in mind when partnering with the Saugatuck Brewing Company for a weekend filled with “hops.” The Saugatuck Brewing Company provides recipes, ingredients and equipment for making your own 11-gallon batch of beer. For an additional cost you can create a custom label and have the brewery bottle the beer for you. Bottom’s Up!