A Look Inside the Doghouse, Brewdog’s New Beer Hotel
Brewdog’s much 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 campaign for the Doghouse lodge, with epic plans for shower beer fridges and an IPA scorching tub. Sadly the IPA scorching tub didn’t come to move, but you will see that these rest room beer fridges, together with many different cool touches…
The Doghouse Beer Hotel
The Doghouse is part of Brewdog’s bigger brewery complicated situated simply outdoors of Columbus, Ohio in the suburb of Canal Winchester.
It’s lower than a mile off the highway, and close to the standard suburban sprawl of fast meals and large box shops. Nevertheless, because of its setting just past the bustle and back from the street abutting a wooded space and bike trail, the property does handle to feel fairly personal.
The Doghouse lodge (linked to Expedia booking–value testing for the lower room rates) is situated on the back proper of the brewery complicated, and you’ll have to wind by way 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 while he finished with another group.
We didn’t have to wait long earlier than he came to visit and sat down with us, shortly finishing check-in on a tablet. He defined necessary particulars concerning the lodge, and pointed us to the stairs up to our room, because the elevator was briefly not working (it was again up and operating by that night).
Your complete place has a cheerful vibe, and you may immediately tell 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 may be booked with ground flooring personal patio area, Double Queen Rooms, Punk Suites with moist bars and courtyard views, and Brewmaster Suites with wet bars and Overworks views.
We booked a Brewmaster Suite for its cool roll-up garage door with a view of the Overworks sour brewing facility.
All rooms function beer fridges with Brewdog beers and a number of curated visitor beers, together with their custom made Grapefruit & Elvis Juice toiletries.
The beers in the fridges aren’t included in the cost of the room however they’re fairly priced. And for an additional charge, you possibly can have your in-room tap crammed your selection of beer–does anybody truly flip this down?
Our Brewaster suite was generously sized with a separate sitting area, moist bar with our selection of Brewdog beer on tap (we selected Hazy Jane), and cozy king measurement bed.
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 like the neon indicators over the beds.
There’s quick and free WiFi in rooms, though you gained’t find a telephone to name employees. When 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 lobby. Once I walked right down to request more towels, they have been quick to ship someone up with a stack of recent towels.
The rooms are organized in an L shape across the Overworks facility. The suites each have a roll-up storage door window overlooking the barrels, while 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 sofa and table, together with wet bar make the room a nice area for entertaining or simply hanging out and making use of your personal tap.
The Overworks is separate from Brewdog’s other brewing amenities on-site. For those who’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 here.
As an alternative, your room overlooks picket barrels quietly fermenting Brewdog’s bitter beers. The barrels do make for some nice photograph ops, and also you’ll respect the space from the remainder of the brewing amenities once you’re making an attempt to sleep in (and I have to imagine this setup is considerably easier to cross by the health department).
The toilet was spacious and clear, and the much anticipated bathe beer fridge was stocked with Brewdog beers. Granted, it’s not truly in the shower, but you gained’t have to succeed in far to seize a beer should the temper strike mid-shower.
With all the things brand new, there wasn’t much to criticize in the room. We did wish there was a luggage rack, and I didn’t love the mattress linen configuration of a only a sheet plus heavy cover that was too warm for the summer time.
I did discover that while the Doghouse web site’s description promises native Stauf’s coffee in-room, there was solely beer to be found 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 as the lodge finds its footing.
A continental breakfast is included in the room price, served every morning at the foyer bar. Breakfast options the standard suspects like coffee, juice, fruit, granola and pastries, in addition to a couple scorching meals choices.
I grabbed a fruit cup, croissant, and the recent breakfast of roasted potatoes and a type of casserole version of huevos rancheros.
The croissant was surprisingly good, which made up for the mushy huevos rancheros misadventure. Still, the choices have been respectable for a free breakfast, and I had the quiet patio all to myself.
One of many nice things about staying on the lodge is that you simply’re there earlier than the locals present up and after they filter out. While Brewdog is required to stop serving alcohol at 2:30 within the morning, the beer stocked in your room’s mini fridges is truthful recreation at any hour, and could be brought right down to public spaces if you wish.
Doghouse Hotel Features
In the buildup to the lodge, there was quite a bit of hype, with news articles touting options that have been part of the original plans that didn’t pan out (sorry, no IPA scorching tubs), and maybe some that just materialized out of beer lover’s imaginations. Major publications have been saying every thing from a free beer on check-in, to a spa with malted barley massages, and three course meals.
Not all of those hyped options got here to move, so right here’s what the lodge does have (in addition to the room options I talked about above):
A spacious lobby with views into the Overworks brewing facility, a bar where breakfast is served and snacks are available for buy, a recreation room with a ping-pong table, and a health club.
In fact, there’s a lot more on-site, together with the museum, brewery, and restaurant, which I speak about within the subsequent part.
Relating to a few of the other features, Brewdog might have truly meant to implement the free beer on check-in, though we weren’t provided any, and I didn’t see anyone 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 asked concerning the spa that I’d seen mentioned in other publications, employees stated that it didn’t pan out as a consequence of 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 generous donor who was particularly excited about it.
It looks like Brewdog is all the time dreaming huge, and even when all their plans don’t work out, you must 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 shop, and dog park. Brewdog has packed a lot to do into the area, and also you gained’t end up wanting for entertainment if staying an evening or two.
The DogTap restaurant is a large open restaurant and bar with ample patio area. They serve Brewdog beers, together with a curated number of different beers.
The food is strong brewpub fare, with burgers and pizzas, along with some extra artistic options. Despite the massive area, they’re often packed, so I like to recommend making a reservation, as waits may be lengthy, particularly on the weekends.
The patio is a nice area to hang around day and night time, and you’ll also discover shuffleboard and a couple arcade games behind the bar.
The bar is open till midnight on weekends, with the kitchen closing an hour earlier, so it was straightforward to seize a late night time snack–and of course when you’re staying at 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 dog pleasant: canine are welcome on the restaurant patio, in addition to choose rooms within the Doghouse lodge. There’s also a dog park located just off the bike/ strolling trail with picnic tables close by to hang out and luxuriate in a beer whereas your doggo plays.
And of course there’s a beer museum! The free, self guided museum playfully takes on the method of brewing, together with Brewdog’s history. And yes, beer is allowed within the museum!
Waiting for a table at the restaurant and bar? No worries, there’s ample area to hang out by the second bar simply outdoors the restaurant. You can too browse the present store for Brewdog merchandise, purchase six packs to take house, and gawk at their LEGO brewery mannequin:
Staff have been persistently friendly and helpful, and seemed legitimately completely satisfied to be working there. We had no unfavorable experiences to note, just some situations that appeared like normal understanding the kinks within the first couple weeks of being open.
Brewdog has accomplished a nice job making a playful environment that envelops you in their brand (minus all of the soulless corporate connotations of that sentence).
I want to see Brewdog supply extra formal activities for lodge friends, as simply two brewery tours every week, plus a pair “Beer Schools” a month are more likely to depart some friends without the complete expertise they have been hoping for.
With two further bars in Columbus, Brewdog has an obvious opportunity to bus friends between all three properties. Some further formal events within the lodge lobby, even one thing so simple as guided tastings, may assist lodge visitors to really feel more immersed within the expertise. And whereas it’s not a beer exercise per se, they might also benefit from the close by bike path by providing free bicycle rentals for lodge visitors.
With staff who’re clearly so passionate concerning the firm, I doubt I’m the primary to recommend these ideas, and I gained’t be stunned in the event that they add extra actions in the close to future.
Ideas for Visiting the Doghouse
In case you’d like a brewery tour, or to take part in particular events like beer yoga when you’re there, be sure you verify the schedule (scroll right down to see excursions and dates) and/or give them a call earlier than you ebook your lodge room to see what’s provided on your most popular dates. Presently, brewery excursions are solely provided a pair occasions every week.
Reserving – Brewdog has opened up room booking to third get together sites, so I’d advocate looking at The Doghouse on Expedia first to see if they’re providing cheaper charges on your stay. On the time of this replace, rooms have been about $20 less per night time on Expedia.
By Automotive – The Doghouse is straightforward to get to, so those driving in from outdoors of Columbus shouldn’t have any problem navigating there.
There’s plenty of parking in front of the brewery, although spots are shared with brewery guests, so in case you arrive during a busy time, you might need to unload luggage nearer to the constructing earlier than heading to park in the overflow lot.
By Air – The Doghouse is approx 25 minutes from John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH), and Uber and Lyft are both readily 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 more economical choice. Columbus just isn’t a dense metropolis, and public transport could be very restricted.
There’s not a lot to do within the fast space of the Doghouse, but should you do have to go down the street to the Wal-Mart or end up craving fast food, be forewarned that there aren’t sidewalks along the busy four lane street.
By Bike – In the event you’re nearby, or an especially formidable bike owner, The Doghouse is situated proper off a piece of the Alum Creek bike path. See the connecting trails here (you’ll have to zoom into the Columbus space, and search for Canal Winchester to the Southeast).
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