If craft beer needed another vote of confidence, then BrewDog’s planned hotel is it. Due to open next year, this Scottish opening will have in-room beer taps, built-in beer fridges in the shower, and views over the brewery. The 26-room DogHouse Hotel will be an expansion of the brewer’s Aberdeenshire HQ, but while it’s billed as the world’s first craft beer hotel, BrewDog is far from the UK’s first company to combine beds and bottles. Here are four more UK beer hotels.
The Swan, Suffolk
This revamped hotel (pictured) in Southwold, Suffolk, is an annex of the Adnams brewery, where beer has been made for over 600 years. The restaurant and bar take their names and decor from the old still and tap rooms, while its cocktail bar showcases Adnams’ spirits. There are tours and tastings at the brewery and distillery next door. Doubles from £200, B&B.
The Boot Inn, Derbyshire
South Derbyshire has been making strong, hoppy India pale ales since the 1800s, a tradition lately revived by such lively microbreweries as Boot Beer, whose HQ is a 17th-century inn on the edge of the Peak District. Book into one of the nine bedrooms and enjoy a beer-paired menu that made this AA’s English pub of the year 2016-17. Doubles from £120, room only.
The Watermill Inn, Cumbria
Close to Lake Windermere, this award-winning pub has eight bedrooms, a restaurant and a prolific microbrewery. The Watermill’s canine-themed brews include the pale gold Collie Wobbles and a stout called Dog’th Vader (ouch). Pets are welcome, and there’s even a doggie wall of fame where you can hang your hound’s picture. Doubles from £81, B&B.
The Neuadd Arms, Powys
Deep in the Valleys, this inn and brewery made its first beer, Blaen Gwennol, for the village’s Mid Wales Beer Festival in 2004, and it did so well that a brewery blossomed in the converted stables out back. It now makes seven ales, as well as having 20 guestrooms on offer. Doubles from £77, B&B.