1777 Americana Inn harkens back to those colonial times and is located in historic Lancaster County of Pennsylvania. The home was originally built by a master tall case clockmaker and later served as a stagecoach stop. It now houses eight guest rooms—including two bi-level suites with Jacuzzis in the original carriage house. Americana decorations are offset by large flat screen TVs, Blu-ray players, and Wi-Fi.
Innkeeper Bob Harter, his wife Denise, and three sons cater to guests, while also running adjacent Black Forest Brewery, featuring “True Tavern Ales.” They started hatching plans for it while hiking the local mountains, so beer names are tied to local history and their favorite backpacking trail.
What to try: Whistle Stop Amber Ale
The Inn, Farmhouse and Brewing Company at Turkey Hill is set among rolling farmlands in North Central Pennsylvania, but is just a short hop from Interstate 80. Third generation owner Paul Eyerly makes sure guests are well fed each morning and all rooms have refrigerators, coffee makers, and TVs with DVD players. Some have gas fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. Two rooms are in the brick main house from 1839, while most surround a courtyard with gazebo and two resident ducks in a pond. The most romantic are in a renovated stable at the far end of the property. Children are welcome and some rooms are pet-friendly.
The Turkey Hill Brewing Company Pub and Grille is housed in a revamped barn and emphasizes local farm products in its menu offerings. Head brewer Donny Abraczinskas has been perfecting his craft for more than 25 years and serves up 10 beers on tap plus a cask-conditioned ale.
What to try: Barn Dance Blonde
Woodstock Inn, Station, and Brewery is a meeting place in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Located at the convergence of two scenic byways, it is in the great walking town of North Woodstock. With a charging station for electric cars on site, it’s no surprise that nearby activities including hiking, biking and rock climbing in the great outdoors. Four rooms decorated in period furnishings reflect the home’s history, which dates back to the late 1800s. It sat empty for many years before the current owners, living in the attic during the transformation, restored it to its past glory.
Not content to stop there, they helped restore the town’s old train station after it was sawed in half and moved next to the inn. It’s now The Woodstock Station and is the place to sample Woodstock Inn Brewery selections honed over two decades.
What to try: Pig’s Ear Brown Ale
Brewery Creek Inn is in Mineral Point, Wisconsin—a state that was brewing beer long before the pioneers out west. Located an hour south of Madison, it was originally an abandoned 1854 warehouse that the Twin Cities owners Jeff, Deb and daughter Nelle converted to an inn over several years. With five rooms in the main stone building and two cottages on nearby Shake Rage Street, there are multiple sizes and styles to pick from. Even the smallest comes with a whirlpool tub, robes and down comforter, while others may have a fireplace, living room area or kitchenette. Beef, bacon, eggs and of course cheese come from local farmers.
The brewery here is unique in that the recipe cues come more from old Europe than the USA. With exposed stone walls and large ceiling beams, the brewpub is a cozy 50-seat place with real character. There are no worries about inn guests being kept up late here: the bar closes at 10:00 p.m.
What to try: Brewery Creek Pale Ale
Spinnaker’s Gastro Brewpub and Guesthouses embraced the “locavore” movement long before most people had any clue about what that meant, sourcing nearly everything served in its kitchen from a short distance away. “Relentlessly local” they prefer to call it, working with 35 farmers to get food raised with care. Guests get a true sense of place while staying here as well, whether in the 1884 Heritage House, with private patios and fireplaces, the roomy garden suites with kitchenettes or in the full bungalow with a private landscaped back yard. Located by the Harbour Walkway across the bay from Victoria’s center, this B&B is an indulgence in fine food and drink from wake-up time until bedtime.
The brewpub here was established in 1984, making it the first Canadian one in a region that is now awash in pubs and breweries. It’s still one of the best, however, constantly innovating and using the freshest ingredients possible.
What to try: Dragonfly Rye Saison
These B&Bs with a brewpub next door are the best way to sample regional beers without getting back on the road, enjoying the company of locals and your fellow guests.