At its new, on-site DogHouse hotel, guests simply rock up at the bar where staff serve a selection of in-house and guest craft beers during check-in. The first one is on the house.
Beer prices in general are $6.50 to $9 (£5.13-£7.10) for a glass, plus local taxes and tip.
The New York loft apartment-style rooms have polished wood, leather seating and grey soft furnishings.
Each has its own BrewDog beer tap which hooks up with a draught beer of your choice, as well as a beer fridge in the shower room.
In the morning, guests are invited to enjoy a beer-paired breakfast. Or, perhaps, hair of the dog? In addition to the ultimate craft-beer bolthole, BrewDog USA runs tours of the brewery and has its own interactive beer museum. It was America’s vibrant craft-beer market that inspired the Scottish brewers to take the plunge across the pond.
The BrewDog Columbus beer tour includes a trip to the picturesque Rockmill brewery a few miles southeast of the city. In a converted farmhouse with a backdrop of a gently flowing river, it’s an ideal place to drink and contemplate life.
We also headed into downtown Columbus for a crawl around its ale trail and to check out BrewDog’s three bars.
When sustenance was needed we dropped in for a bite to eat at North Market, Central Ohio’s historic public market. Should you require perking up between sessions, Columbus also has some of the best coffee houses in the Midwest. There’s a flourishing arts scene here, too, with the Short North Arts District well worth a visit.
Meanwhile, in the heart of downtown Columbus, the Scioto Mile is a 175-acre urban oasis of lush parkland.
Determined not to let any beer go untasted we headed back out on the ale trail – this time in Cincinnati, where brewing dates back over 200 years.
We popped in for a pint at Urban Artifact, a renowned craft brewery with taproom, full bar and live music venue.
Then it was on to Mad Tree, a bustling industrial-looking bar offering 32 craft beers, wood-fired pizzas and a beer garden, before a final round in Rhinegeist, a taproom in a historic bottling plant.
Following the success of BrewDog’s first dedicated beer trip, holidays are about to get a whole lot hoppier.
In October they’ll fly ale-loving shareholders (see FactFile) back to Columbus from London. They’ll also be running a trip from Columbus to their Scottish HQ, where they’re working on a hotel.
And along with their plans for another hotel in London, they are launching a brewery in Berlin. Cheers to that!
BOOK IT: BrewDog’s next beer trip to Columbus, Ohio, for shareholders is Oct 31 to Nov 5. From £1,350pp incl. BrewDog Airlines flights from London, stay at the DogHouse and brewery tours. It costs £25 to buy a share. See brewdog.com. MORE INFO: Go to experiencecolumbus.com and cincinnatiusa.com.
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