Autumn, most often associated with changing foliage, Halloween and dull weather, but it’s also time of the largest beer drinking festival in the world. Oktoberfest!
As the travel experts, we wanted to take an in depth look at the best in-flight beer offerings above the clouds – so whether you’re traveling to Germany with the 6 million other Oktoberfest goers, or you’re going to catch last of the summer rays somewhere in Caribbean – having a bottle or two is always a good idea, because let’s be honest, beer makes the ride a little less bumpy…
America’s answer to Ryanair, Southwest Airlines is dedicated to making sure you have a blast during your flight, and their beer selections falls nothing short of your expectations. Southwest was one of the pioneers of bringing specialty beer onboard their crafts, and they stick to their reputation of being affordable with reasonable pricing.
New Belgium Fat Tire known for a perfectly balanced flavour.
Leinenkugel’s Seasonal, if you’re lucky, maybe they’ll have the “Oktoberfest” seasonal available.
Dos Equis Lager Especial, a classic pale malt designed for drink-ability.
One of the most iconic and largest global airlines is proudly selling London Pride’s brews. You couldn’t experience more of the Britishness than sampling these ales, which are brewed right beside the River Thames. Popular lager choices such as Heineken and Amstel are also available as well as Asia’s famous Tiger beer.
Fuller’s Pride London, quintessentially British ales
United Airlines started offering specialty beers on flights back in 2010, and they are still going strong 5 years later. Make sure you ask your flight attendant if your beer is on the house the next time you take a long-haul-flight. Beers are complimentary on some longer flights as of April of this year.
Goose Island IPA, a hop lovers heaven.
Despite having two menus catering for European and North American markets, the famous Icelandic beer is served for both markets, because who wouldn’t want to taste a beer brewed from crystal clear Icelandic water?!
As mentioned, authentically Icelandic beer brewed from clear Icelandic waters (probably melted glaciers)
Everything about Hawaiian Airlines looks and feels authentically Hawaiian from the flight attendants outfits to the pineapple snacks. Fittingly, they’ve also brought one of the largest local breweries to the sky. As they say in Hawaii, Hipahipa (Cheers)!
Maui Brewing Company’s Biking Blonde Lager, a light 100% malt beer that’ll make you feel like you’re on a beach.
Lufthansa is one of the oldest operating airlines in the world. This German based company brings a taste of the traditional Oktoberfest on your flight. You can expect multiple different options from one of the largest macro breweries in Germany “Warsteiner Brewery”, a brewery famous for its brews which have to pass the German Purity Law (a brewing law) dating back to 1615.
A lineup of premium beers from Warsteiner Brewery
Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand has an award-winning meal and beverage service, and we think that it might have to do with their long list of craft brews on board. Kick back and fly with some of the finest beverages available.
Macs’s Craft Beers, a macro brewery of New Zealand with big flavors like the Gold All Malt Lager that is smooth and refreshing. Stella Artois, yeast and Saaz hops make for it crisp and smooth every time.
One of the largest airlines in the world added seven new craft beers to their menu last December to some of their flights. Depending on where you’re flying out of or going to, you’ll have a selection of local beers to choose from. Delicious and reliable Samuel Adams can be found on some selected flights, so just ask the attendant for selection.
Fancy imported and craft beers include Blue Moon (North America only) Heineken, Sweet Water and Samuel Adams (Oktoberfest).
…Fly responsibly – cheers!