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By Tucker Bowe
on 8.15.14

Today craft beer enthusiasts have even more cause to visit the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Delaware: they have a place to stay. Eleven miles away in Lewes, Dogfish Head has opened a beer-inspired hotel, the Dogfish Inn. Designed in Brooklyn, NY — so you know it’s sharp — the inn has 16 rooms available to rent, each decked out in beer-centric amenities. The check-in cottage is fragranced with tantalizing chicory coffee blend. It’s modern, but doesn’t feel fancy. Each room is dog friendly, has separate, spacious sitting areas and wooden floors, and is decorated with local artwork. In addition to free wi-fi, custom Woolrich blankets and Malin & Goetz bath products, the rooms are tastefully garnished with barware to promote — guess what — drinking craft beer. Guests are encouraged to take advantage of their personal beer-stocked fridge or to bring back souvenirs from the brewery and brewpub. For those just looking to relax, beach chairs are supplied and the inn’s library has books readily available to buy or borrow.

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Outside the inn is its Cowboy Cauldron, a fireplace and commonplace that promotes meeting strangers. This communal spot does more than encourage salutations — it captures the ethos of craft beer: to experience something firsthand. Craft beer aficionados tend to be passionate about more than just beer. Instead of hearing about something, they discover it. The Dogfish Inn knows and encourages this. For all the beer paraphernalia, the inn also is a launching pad to explore Delaware’s scenic coastline. Guests are provided with maps and given advice on how to successfully take advantage of the area.

And there’s a lot to experience. Lewes, Delaware, known by locals as “the first town in the first state”, has a historically rich heritage and is very much a walking town. Those not down for grinding up the trails can glide through the fine shops and restaurants, or sample the town’s historic Farmers Market. The nearby Junction & Breakwater Trail and Cape Henlopen State Park prove perfect outlets for hiking, biking, kayaking, boating, paddleboarding or just sunning on the miles of beaches. After sweating, screaming and laughing at the day’s adventures and misadventures, the Dogfish Inn is there to catch guests, provide them with a cool craft-brewed reward, and then send them back out in the morning for more.

$220+ per night