A Look Inside the Doghouse, Brewdog’s New Beer Hotel
Brewdog’s a lot anticipated new brewery lodge is open, and we’ve received a glance inside and full evaluate of the property!
Even non-beer-nerds may need heard about Brewdog’s crowdfunding marketing campaign for the Doghouse lodge, with epic plans for bathe beer fridges and an IPA scorching tub. Sadly the IPA scorching tub didn’t come to move, however you will see that these rest room beer fridges, together with many different cool touches…
The Doghouse Beer Hotel
The Doghouse is a part of Brewdog’s bigger brewery complicated situated simply outdoors of Columbus, Ohio within the suburb of Canal Winchester.
It’s lower than a mile off the freeway, and near the standard suburban sprawl of quick meals and large field shops. Nevertheless, because of its setting simply previous the bustle and again from the street abutting a wooded space and bike path, the property does handle to really feel pretty personal.
The Doghouse lodge is situated on the again proper of the brewery complicated, and also you’ll have to wind by means of the restaurant patio to get to the lodge entrance.
Examine-in is on the lodge bar. A employees member greeted us promptly and requested us to take a seat down whereas he completed with one other group.
We didn’t have to attend lengthy earlier than he came to visit and sat down with us, shortly finishing check-in on a pill. He defined essential particulars concerning the lodge, and pointed us to the steps as much as our room, because the elevator was briefly not working (it was again up and operating by that night).
All the place has a cheerful vibe, and you may instantly inform that the employees are really joyful to be there and as excited concerning the place as you’re!
Rooms on the Doghouse
The Doghouse provides four room varieties: King rooms which might be pet-friendly, and might be booked with floor flooring personal patio area, Double Queen Rooms, Punk Suites with moist bars and courtyard views, and Brewmaster Suites with moist bars and Overworks views.
We booked a Brewmaster Suite for its cool roll-up storage door with a view of the Overworks bitter brewing facility.
All rooms function beer fridges with Brewdog beers and a number of curated visitor beers, together with their customized made Grapefruit & Elvis Juice toiletries.
The beers within the fridges aren’t included in the price of the room however they’re fairly priced. And for an additional charge, you’ll be able to have your in-room faucet crammed your selection of beer–does anybody truly flip this down?
Our Brewaster suite was generously sized with a separate sitting space, moist bar with our selection of Brewdog beer on faucet (we selected Hazy Jane), and cozy king measurement mattress.
The design of the rooms is cohesive with the bigger property, enjoyable and on-brand with out feeling overdone…and naturally there’s ample selfie alternatives in all the cool touches just like the neon indicators over the beds.
There’s quick and free WiFi in rooms, although you gained’t discover a telephone to name employees. Should you want one thing, you’ll have to go right down to the bar to ask, which was advantageous with us, as nowhere within the small lodge is that removed from the foyer. Once I walked right down to request extra towels, they have been fast to ship somebody up with a stack of recent towels.
The rooms are organized in an L form across the Overworks facility. The suites every have a roll-up storage door window overlooking the barrels, whereas the usual rooms doorways face the Overworks (see to the best within the photograph above). The roll-up window has a blind that may be pulled down for privateness.
The massive seating space with a sectional couch and desk, together with moist bar make the room a pleasant area for entertaining or simply hanging out and making use of your personal faucet.
The Overworks is separate from Brewdog’s different brewing amenities on-site. When you’ve ever taken a brewery tour and have been anticipating to see the identical chrome steel tanks and bustle of employees, be forewarned, that’s not what you’ll discover right here.
As an alternative, your room overlooks picket barrels quietly fermenting Brewdog’s bitter beers. The barrels do make for some good photograph ops, and also you’ll recognize the space from the remainder of the brewing amenities whenever you’re making an attempt to sleep in (and I’ve to imagine this setup is considerably simpler to cross by the well being division).
The toilet was spacious and clear, and the a lot anticipated bathe beer fridge was stocked with Brewdog beers. Granted, it’s not truly within the bathe, however you gained’t have to succeed in far to seize a beer ought to the temper strike mid-shower.
With every little thing model new, there wasn’t a lot to criticize within the room. We did want there was a baggage rack, and I didn’t love the mattress linen configuration of a only a sheet plus heavy cover that was too heat for the summer time.
I did discover that whereas the Doghouse web site’s description guarantees native Stauf’s espresso in-room, there was solely beer to be present in our room. We have been most assuredly not there for the espresso, and there’s espresso out there each morning with breakfast, so no actual loss there. I’m assuming all of those minor faults shall be sorted out because the lodge finds its footing.
A continental breakfast is included within the room price, served each morning on the foyer bar. Breakfast options the standard suspects like espresso, juice, fruit, granola and pastries, in addition to a pair scorching meals choices.
I grabbed a fruit cup, croissant, and the recent breakfast of roasted potatoes and a type of casserole model of huevos rancheros.
The croissant was surprisingly good, which made up for the mushy huevos rancheros misadventure. Nonetheless, the choices have been respectable for a free breakfast, and I had the quiet patio all to myself.
One of many good issues about staying on the lodge is that you simply’re there earlier than the locals present up and after they filter out. Whereas Brewdog is required to cease serving alcohol at 2:30 within the morning, the beer stocked in your room’s mini fridges is truthful recreation at any hour, and might be introduced right down to public areas if you want.
Doghouse Hotel Options
Within the buildup to the lodge, there was fairly a little bit of hype, with information articles touting options that have been a part of the unique plans that didn’t pan out (sorry, no IPA scorching tubs), and maybe some that simply materialized out of beer lover’s imaginations. Main publications have been saying the whole lot from a free beer on check-in, to a spa with malted barley massages, and three course meals.
Not all of these hyped options got here to move, so right here’s what the lodge does have (along with the room options I talked about above):
A spacious foyer with views into the Overworks brewing facility, a bar the place breakfast is served and snacks can be found for buy, a recreation room with a ping-pong desk, and a fitness center.
In fact, there’s lots extra on-site, together with the museum, brewery, and restaurant, which I speak about within the subsequent part.
Relating to a few of the different options, Brewdog might have truly meant to implement the free beer on check-in, although we weren’t provided any, and I didn’t see anybody else being served beer on check-in. I wasn’t notably hung up on it as we had greater than sufficient ready for us in our room.
Once I requested concerning the spa that I’d seen talked about in different publications, employees stated that it didn’t pan out resulting from lack of area, however that there’s all the time the potential for enlargement. They’re additionally apparently making an attempt to work out an IPA scorching tub substitute for a beneficiant donor who was particularly enthusiastic about it.
It looks like Brewdog is all the time dreaming huge, and even when all their plans don’t work out, you need to recognize the keenness and creativity behind it.
The Doghouse lodge is a part of Brewdog’s bigger brewery complicated on website that features the DogTap restaurant and bar, a beer museum, present store, and canine park. Brewdog has packed lots to do into the area, and also you gained’t end up wanting for leisure if staying an evening or two.
The DogTap restaurant is a big open restaurant and bar with ample patio area. They serve Brewdog beers, together with a curated choice of different beers.
The meals is strong brewpub fare, with burgers and pizzas, together with some extra artistic choices. Regardless of the massive area, they’re ceaselessly packed, so I like to recommend making a reservation, as waits may be lengthy, particularly on the weekends.
The patio is a pleasant area to hang around day and night time, and also you’ll additionally discover shuffleboard and a pair arcade video games behind the bar.
The bar is open until midnight on weekends, with the kitchen closing an hour earlier, so it was straightforward to seize a late night time snack–and naturally in the event you’re staying on the lodge, you possibly can convey down the beer out of your room’s fridge to take pleasure in on the patio previous closing time.
Brewdog is canine pleasant: canine are welcome on the restaurant patio, in addition to choose rooms within the Doghouse lodge. There’s additionally a canine park located simply off the bike/ strolling path with picnic tables close by to hang around and luxuriate in a beer whereas your doggo performs.
And naturally there’s a beer museum! The free, self guided museum playfully takes on the method of brewing, together with Brewdog’s historical past. And sure, beer is allowed within the museum!
Ready for a desk on the restaurant and bar? No worries, there’s ample area to hang around by the second bar simply outdoors the restaurant. You can too browse the present store for Brewdog merchandise, buy six packs to take house, and gawk at their LEGO brewery mannequin:
Staff have been persistently pleasant and useful, and appeared legitimately comfortable to be working there. We had no unfavorable experiences to notice, just some situations that appeared like regular understanding the kinks within the first couple weeks of being open.
Brewdog has executed a pleasant job making a playful environment that envelops you of their model (minus all of the soulless company connotations of that sentence).
I want to see Brewdog supply extra formal actions for lodge visitors, as simply two brewery excursions every week, plus a pair “Beer Schools” a month are more likely to depart some visitors with out the complete expertise they have been hoping for.
With two further bars in Columbus, Brewdog has an apparent alternative to bus visitors between all three properties. Some further formal occasions within the lodge foyer, even one thing so simple as guided tastings, may assist lodge visitors to really feel extra immersed within the expertise. And whereas it’s not a beer exercise per se, they might additionally benefit from the close by bike path by offering free bicycle leases for lodge visitors.
With staff who’re clearly so passionate concerning the firm, I doubt I’m the primary to recommend these concepts, and I gained’t be stunned in the event that they add extra actions within the close to future.
Ideas for Visiting the Doghouse
In case you’d like a brewery tour, or to take part in particular occasions like beer yoga when you’re there, be sure you examine the schedule (scroll right down to see excursions and dates) and/or give them a name earlier than you guide your lodge room to see what’s provided in your most popular dates. Presently, brewery excursions are solely provided a pair occasions every week.
By Automotive – The Doghouse is straightforward to get to, so these driving in from outdoors of Columbus shouldn’t have any problem navigating there.
There’s loads of parking in entrance of the brewery, although spots are shared with brewery guests, so for those who arrive throughout a busy time, you could need to unload baggage nearer to the constructing earlier than heading to park within the overflow lot.
By Air – The Doghouse is approx 25 minutes from John Glenn Columbus Worldwide Airport (CMH), and Uber and Lyft are each available on the airport.
Nevertheless, for those who’re planning on exploring extra of Columbus throughout your keep, renting a automotive is more likely to be extra economical choice. Columbus is just not a dense metropolis, and public transport could be very restricted.
There’s not a lot to do within the quick space of the Doghouse, however should you do have to go down the street to the Wal-Mart or end up craving quick meals, be forewarned that there aren’t sidewalks alongside the busy 4 lane street.
By Bike – For those who’re close by, or an particularly formidable bike owner, The Doghouse is located proper off a piece of the Alum Creek bike path. See the connecting trails right here (you’ll have to zoom into the Columbus space, and search for Canal Winchester to the Southeast).
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