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101 Beer Experiences: Stay at the source

A sleepover at a brewery? Yep, it's possible (camping too!) at these five spots.
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 Photo of Brewery Ommegang's Belgium Comes to Cooperstown by Mike Johnson


Photo of Brewery Ommegang’s Belgium Comes to Cooperstown by Mike Johnson

Why stay in a hotel when you can camp or sleepover at a brewery? Whether for a festival or just a getaway, book a stay at these breweries that also offer lodging:

Brewery Ommegang’s Belgium Comes to Cooperstown has grown into a premier summer beer fest complete with three days ofs has grown Belgian-style beer from hundreds of breweries, live music, dining and demonstrations. The best way to enjoy it all is to camp on the festival grounds at Ommegang in central New York so you won’t miss any of the action (or have far to travel in the evening after imbibing a bit too much). Camping passes sell out quickly, so visit www.ommegang.com for info on when they go on sale; the dates this year are Aug. 5-6.

Book the All INNclusive Package at the Dogfish Head Inn, a hip little hotel run by the brewery. It includes free transportation to and from the brewery for a tour and to and from the always-bustling Dogfish Head Brewing & Eats for lunch (seating guaranteed!). The package runs year-round, but consider going in the spring for the miraculous sight of the thousands of horseshoe crabs that converge on the Delaware Bay for mating season.

For a gorgeous getaway, book a stay for you and eight of your friends at Oxbow Brewery’s farmhouse in Newcastle, Maine. The light-filled home’s perched on a hill overlooking the brewery grounds, which includes the tasting room and a pond; behind the house you can spy on the fruit orchard filled with raspberries, strawberries and cherries (which you’ll taste in the beer later). During warmer months, explore an extensive trail network on 18 acres by foot or mountain bike; in the winter, by cross-country skis or snowshoes.

The campground at Japanese brewery Baird’s Shuzenji location will open in mid-2016; plan a trip the following March to see the Kawazu cherry blossom trees in all their glory.

Travel to Budapest, Hungary, and stay at Éleszto: One of the city’s “ruin pubs,” Éleszto, which means yeast, is housed in a former glass factory and offers an eclectic mix of 21 taps pouring Hungarian craft beer, a bottle selection of 200-plus imports, a cafe and chocolate shop filled with teddy bears and homebrewing classes at its BREW! Studio (brewstudio.hu). The hostel upstairs comes complete with hop-scented pillows and local craft brews. 

 


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