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We've always preferred staying in a hotel rather than crashing on someone's couch. There have been several occasions when we've rented a house rather than hitting up a hotel (typically for family vacations) but thanks to Thanks to Thrillist.com we've found a house rental that just might be cooler than some design-oriented boutique hotel.
This here is the Brew Mountain Eco-Inn, listed on HomeAway.com (nice logo, btw!), located in Pennsylvania, between DC and NYC aka the middle of nowhere. The owner/host is a collector of antique and vintage brewery advertising for the past 35 years and that includes beer cans. The entire place, which sleeps 10 across five guest rooms, is plastered with "vintage beer cans from around the world, antique bottles, lithos, neons, porcelain signs and every imaginable type of breweriana from days gone by."
While the beds don't look so comfy, we have to admit the beer cans lining the walls are pretty awesome. It's the perfect place for your next man-cation. Best of all, it's available for Super Bowl weekend for $758 for two nights for the whole joint. You've got to make/bring your own food though. And your own beer too. But hey, free recycling!
Oktoberfest may be officially over according to the Germans, but there's still a way for you to soak in your love of beer, literally, at the Ritz-Carlton Denver thanks to their Mile High Malt Scrub and Microbrew Massage offered at the hotel's spa.
Here's how it works--arrive at the spa to check-in and instead of cucumber water, you'll get a chilled brew from a neighboring brewery put in your hands. Once that starts to kick in, you can begin your exfoliating Vichy shower experience. First, a barkeep, er, "treatment therapy provider", will mix a light rice Ale beer into the brewery's own malt. Then a full-body exfoliation is done on you using a malt scrub, followed by a body mask of dark rich Stout which apparently gives you a silky soft skin.
While you carefully monitor your March Madness brackets in hopes of winning the office pool, the Four Seasons San Francisco created its own special bracket for the NCAA championships where you're sure to win every time. The hotel is serving up a March Madness beer-and-cheese bracket.
The San Francisco hotel's Seasons Bar and Lounge presents every beer-and-cheese pairing like a basketball slate, with each slate offering three beer tasters and three cheeses for $22.
The Pearl Hotel will toast to San Diego's Beer Week (November 6 to 15) with a poolside beer brunch on November 8 featuring suds from local artisan brewery AleSmith Brewing Co.
The beer brunch will have four brewski-and-eats stations at each corner of the pool. At one station, the Belgian-style Grand Cru will be paired with a smoked ham and roasted pear croque monsieur. Another will offer the Speedway Stout, an imperial stout with coffee, to complement the hazelnut French toast and Tahitian vanilla custard. Old Numbskull, a West Coast-style barleywine, will come with house-smoked bacon, sunnyside-up quail eggs and bird's next hash browns.
The last station will pour Anvil, the brewery's signature beer, to go with the raisin rum coffeecake.
Oh yeah. It’s officially beer festival season. Celebrate the almighty process of fermentation at Skamania Lodge’s inaugural Celebration of Beer Weekend, being held October 24 & 25th. You’re probably asking yourself, where the hell is Skamania Lodge? We did too, until we moved to the great Evergreen State and honed our lodge knowledge.
Think Columbia River Gorge mountain lodge meets Northern Exposure environs less than an hour east of Portland, OR. (The hit series early 90’s was actually filmed about three hours from the Stevenson, WA resort.) The Pacific Northwest may still be figuring out a few things when it comes to winemaking (Pinot freaks in Willamette Valley excluded), but has nailed the art of craft-brewing.
Beer geeks and aspiring enthusiasts can sample more than a dozen of the region’s best breweries over the hop-fueled fall weekend. The try before you buy dynamic is especially useful for someone like us who is always daunted when facing the obscene number of microbrew options in the beer aisle at any Pacific Northwest grocery store
So about that new beer guy at Four Points Hotels. He's got some work to do at the Four Points by Sheraton Manhattan Chelsea. We stopped in to the hotel's restaurant and "lounge"--U and Mie--for a couple brews.
We've got no idea where the name comes from, but it's about as bad as the place itself. The centerpiece of the small, poorly lit space is a giant flat screen TV, tuned to Girlfriends. Our lovely bartender did a good job of keeping our mugs full, though she's "Not much of a beer person," and couldn't warn us off what turned out to be a terrible Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat. The only local/"interesting" choices on the beer menu were Brooklyn Lager and Brooklyn Pilsner--available in tons of bars around the city.
What would normally be a bright spot--the happy hour discount--wasn't really that great either: It's comparable to loads of seedy midtown bars with the same amount of character as U and Mie. The place does have cute novelty cocktail napkins, though. We're filling ours out to read like a memo to Scott Kerksman: There's plenty more work to be done.