Episode 03: BrewDog is Opening the World’s First Craft Beer Hotel as Craft Beer Travel Rises

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Keith Bennet, BrewDog Brewery

Keith Bennet, a Cicerone Certified beer connoisseur, looks after special projects in the U.S. for the Scottish brewery BrewDog. They’ve just finished building a 100,000 square foot brewery in Columbus, Ohio and are working on opening the “DogHouse” hotel on the property. With talk of IPA-filled hot tubs, coolers in the showers, taps in the rooms and so much more, this one-of-a-kind hotel is set to turn every beer lover’s fantasy into a reality.

“We exist to make people as passionate about craft beer as we are.”

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Andy Sparhawk, Brewers Association & CraftBeer.com

Andy Sparhawk from the Boulder-based Brewers Association and CraftBeer.com never went through a phase of drinking light, mass-produced beers. Even in college, a haven for the Bud Lights and Heinekens of the world, Andy stuck with craft beer and never looked back. Of course, it didn’t hurt that he grew up in a region where craft beer has been around longer than the recent headlines. No wonder he now proudly works for the Brewers Association, a not-for-profit trade association of 3,800 U.S. breweries and 46,000 members of the American Homebrewers Association.

“The type of people that love craft beer love an adventure.”

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Skift: “Craft beer is big business in America with a passionate following of consumers who appreciate the nuances of beer flavor, texture, and character as much as their wine-loving brethren. According to the Brewers Association, U.S. sales of small batch suds jumped 16 percent in 2015.”

Thrillist: “Thanks to a bank-breaking funding push from an IndieGoGo, in addition to a brewery, BrewDog is building The DogHouse, the world’s first craft beer-themed hotel. Among other amenities, it’ll feature hot tubs drawn with beer, facials administered with hop-infused creams, massages enhanced with barley, fridges in your bathroom for shower beers, other toiletries made with beer ingredients, and — obviously — minibars loaded with craft beers.”

 

Featured photo courtesy of Unsplash
Episode music produced by Gytis Garsys