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City envy: we want a beer hotel like Columbus, Ohio

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James FitzGerald
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Fancy spending a night in the DogHouse? That’s the name of the latest experiment by Scottish craft brewer-turned-beer titan BrewDog: an entirely beer-themed hotel at its US brewery in Columbus, Ohio.

Opened last August after a successful crowdfunding campaign, the DogHouse promises its guests a very hoppy stay, thanks to draught taps in rooms, hop-infused toiletries, beer fridges built into showers and table-tennis tables for as many games of beer pong as your throwing arm can manage. There’s an on-site museum showcasing the history of the craft beer movement and brewing process, and the traditional hotel front desk has been replaced with – of course – a bar.

It might all sound like the stuff of endless hangovers, but we’re believers in a little hair of the dog. Speaking of which, visitors can bring canine companions, since the premises offer a park for pooches and four dog-friendly rooms.

If you’re thirsty for the experience, you’ll be able to get a taste of it soon without jetting across the Atlantic, as a second DogHouse hotel is scheduled to open at BrewDog HQ near Aberdeen in the first half of this year.

Still, we’d quite like a beer hotel in London too. After all, we’ve got the heritage: while the capital already has a gin hotel (The Distillery on Portobello Road), Londoners had been been quaffing ale for centuries before anyone had even heard of mother’s ruin. And while we’re certainly partial to a detoxing spa break, everyone knows that retoxing is the fun bit.

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