September 28, 2018, is National Drink Beer Day, which is not the same as National Beer Lover’s Day or even National Beer Day.
This fun holiday is action-focused, instructive rather than descriptive in its very name. If you drink beer then, you know what to do. After work, belly up to your favorite bar, order a pint, and, well, drink beer.
If you happen to live in or near Columbus, Ohio, consider drinking said beer over at DogHouse. It’s a beer hotel opened by multinational brewery BrewDog.
In honor of the special day, BrewDog will be celebrating with bottle pour flights of their favorite sour beers from around the world.
This is excellent news for the “love-beer, will-travel” ilk who are excited to celebrate the beer holiday. Each of the rooms in DogHouse Columbus includes a minibar featuring, you guessed it, BrewDog beers. For those that prefer their suds in draft form, there is a BrewDog tap equipped in each room.
None of this beer is free, but the local Columbus coffee available en-suite is.
You can awake to the aromas of brewing on premises then head down to a continental breakfast (or you have the option to purchase food and, of course, beer from the lobby’s marketplace).
Other hotel amenities include soaps made from beer, a beer museum, a lobby bar with games (and more beer) and a workout facility – because, hey, high-ABV craft beer isn’t exactly known for its low-calorie count.
And every night, four lucky dog owners can sip their beer alongside Rover if they manage to snag one of the hotel’s dog-friendly rooms.
Although BrewDog produces a variety of beer options, the company credits its Punk IPA with starting the “revolution.”
The stateside brewery features this India Pale Ale as one of its “headliners” but seems to be betting on the growth of the sour evolution as well with its Over Works sour beer facility next to DogHouse.
As far as craft consumption goes, beer drinkers are still all about the hops. According to the Brewer’s Association, beer people want hazy and juicy IPAs over anything else. But sours, ciders and coffee-laced brews are also popping up.
While there has been some recent concern over tariffs on aluminum slowing down the craft brewery boom, this new beer-centric hotel is evidence that craft breweries are in it to win it.
So, about that claim of being the world’s first beer hotel.
Next year, Stone Brewing in San Diego has plans to open a namesake Stone Brewing Hotel. There’s also Denver’s The Source Hotel, which features a brewery on the premises.
And in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, guests can stay at The Brewhouse Inn & Suites, a former Pabst Brewery, where they will be able to enjoy an ice-cold PBR in the boutique property’s lobby.
The hospitality industry has been paying attention to the rise in beer consumption in the United States and responding most hospitably.