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Airport Beer Surprise!

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by obrike, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. obrike

    obrike Savant (470) Texas Jun 19, 2009 Verified

    I flew into Ft. Lauderdale on my way to San Juan, PR on business over the weekend. Took Jet Blue (good price and TV to boot!). Landed and walked just a few steps away from my gate and saw The Food Network Kitchen. Stopped in for a very tasty club sandwhich and noticed the place was serving Jai Alai IPA. My BA alarm went off (no Jai Alai available for me in Texas) and immediately ordered one (ok, three). Absolutely fantastic. Huge find for me...I'll be flying Jet Blue to Puerto Rico from now on just to re-visit this place.

    Anyone else have any good airport beer pleasant surprises? By the way...I'm heading back to San Juan and will be stopping in Atlanta this weekend...
  2. kmello69

    kmello69 Advocate (655) Texas Nov 27, 2011 Beer Trader

    When I flew to Portland, OR, recently, I was pleasantly surprised that there was a bar INSIDE the security area that sold growler fills you could take on the plane. Insanity!
    sharpski, DaverCS, GaToWyo and 51 others like this.
  3. ffenski

    ffenski Aficionado (235) Ohio Apr 24, 2008

    Wow- growler fills to take on the plane? I can see passengers' faces walking down the aisle with a full growler! Portland, OR- land of milk, honey, food and brew. I wish it was closer.
    laketang, Caveworm, VonZipper and 4 others like this.
  4. obrike

    obrike Savant (470) Texas Jun 19, 2009 Verified

    What is this...a Jimmy Page convention?
    Caveworm, paulys55, gibgink and 22 others like this.
  5. beertunes

    beertunes Poobah (1,390) Washington Sep 24, 2007 Beer Trader

  6. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Champion (795) North Carolina Feb 16, 2011 Verified

    I had a layover in ATL, and Sweetwater Nut Brown at the airport brewpub was really good, as was the IPA.
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  8. 5 hour layover in MSP last month. Walked into Ike's to find them showing the KU game AND serving Surly beer. Made the layover much shorter.
  9. Handle

    Handle Savant (405) North Carolina Mar 16, 2009

    You can get NC locals from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Foothills Brewing and NoDa Brewing at the airport here in Charlotte, NC.
    afish, mtbdonn, Falcone and 4 others like this.
  10. animal69

    animal69 Advocate (605) Louisiana Sep 21, 2007

    Ohare in chicago has goose island stuff, had a sandwich & a honkers ale for like 20 bucks
    obrike likes this.
  11. JuniperJesus

    JuniperJesus Savant (440) Illinois Feb 26, 2011

    Cleveland and Akron have Great Lakes Brewing in the airport! I've had Christmas Ale, Blackout Stout, and Lake Erie Monster on tap there.
    obrike and Shagator like this.
  12. t4haughton

    t4haughton Aficionado (180) Illinois Jan 24, 2013 Beer Trader

    I usually try to take direct flights to my destination when possible. Hadn't thought about flying through "good beer states" on purpose until now...
  13. TheMonkfish

    TheMonkfish Initiate (0) Chad Jan 8, 2012

    Well done sir!

    We're flying out to the DR this weekend and have a layover in Miami - I checked - no Food Network places there but luckily there are several "Budweiser Brewhouse" restaurants in the airport. Awesome.

    Good find on the Jai-Alai - really good beer!
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  14. Shagator

    Shagator Savant (420) Kentucky Mar 17, 2012

    But all they had was voodoo doughnut.......
  15. TheMonkfish

    TheMonkfish Initiate (0) Chad Jan 8, 2012

    Guy Fieri makes my testes recede. A mid-forties guy wearing flame shirts and sunglasses on the back of your head. Extreme!!!!!!! Yuck

    For the record,I heard that Southern Tier Creme Brulee also makes testes recede and sink traps weep.
  16. TheMonkfish

    TheMonkfish Initiate (0) Chad Jan 8, 2012

    That's a Sopie's Choice - do I encourage the painted bottle marketeers or have water?

    I just heard that the all inclusive place we're going to vacation to stocks your room fridges with beer daily - the bad news is that it's all the usual suspect beers - umbrella drinks FTW!
  17. obrike

    obrike Savant (470) Texas Jun 19, 2009 Verified

    I was so stoked...even had to stop and take a pic. I know, nerd alert, but who cares.[​IMG]
  18. I flew to PR last February but through Miami. No good beer. Sam Adams was it but it was better than most beer on the island. I did find a micro brew from San Juan( it was good but cant remember the name) but I was on the other side of the island so I only had what the one bar had on tap. Had my first Sofie there as well. Lots of Victory and I found a bottle shop that had lots of old IPA among other things. Rum and corona ruled the week.

  19. Laurelwood inside PDX.....was there this morning! crazy!
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  20. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poobah (1,260) Pennsylvania Dec 4, 2004 Beer Trader

    Burbank, CA - Widner Double Nelson and in Manchester, NH - fresh Smuttynose IPA, both on tap.
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  21. kmatlack

    kmatlack Savant (385) California Mar 29, 2010 Beer Trader

    Ended up layed over in Denver for a night and was given a $40 meal voucher to anywhere inside the airport for food. There was a restaurant that had Ranger IPA on tap. I got a $6 salad and $34 in Ranger IPA. That was a shitty flight the next day.

    Worth it.
  22. Got stuck in Detroit for 5 hours last summer, but was pleasantly surprised to find Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA. Made the wait much more bearable! Or, maybe that's beerable!
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  23. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Savant (485) Illinois May 10, 2012

    Denver Airport. Hoh-Lee Shit.
  24. Lare453

    Lare453 Champion (975) Florida Feb 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    Cigar city has a bar in the tampa airport
  25. Sirvis

    Sirvis Aficionado (240) Michigan Apr 29, 2012

    I recently flew out of the "D" and had Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA as well. It sure started my trip off with a positive note!
    abcramer likes this.
  26. sprucetip

    sprucetip Advocate (530) Alaska Nov 13, 2007

    Bell's in Detroit, but you gotta poke around for it. Or ask where on the Midwest forum before you go.

    But in Portland, there are brewpub outlets right in the airport! HUB I think? Or was it Laurelwood? Maybe another one too? And, Portland has a rule where chains have to charge the same prices at the airport as they do in town. So pints for something like $3.75 in the airport, a couple/three years ago.
    sharpski and obrike like this.
  27. vurt

    vurt Advocate (705) Oregon Apr 11, 2004 Beer Trader

    I was in there 2 nights ago. Very nice tap selection. And I found a bottle of Laurelwood Moose & Squirrel Imperial Stout in the Made In Oregon shop in Concourse C. (Not a great stout, if the reviews here are anything to go by, but I've been wanting to try that one for a few years now.)
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  28. kmatlack

    kmatlack Savant (385) California Mar 29, 2010 Beer Trader

    Laurelwood. I was just at pdx a month or so and saw it.
  29. BEERchitect

    BEERchitect Champion (960) Kentucky Feb 9, 2005 Verified

    Yea, I grabbed a Foothills HoppyYum IPA (or three) there in November flying back from a 10-day sting in Curacao. It was a great "getting-back-to-hops" moment for me. Loved it!
    TheBeerAlmanac and Handle like this.
  30. CTJman

    CTJman Poobah (1,050) Connecticut Jan 14, 2013 Beer Trader

    pbr in Shanghai China haha. World War Two edition!.??? Support US Army. Yah I was pretty shocked.
  31. pixieskid

    pixieskid Advocate (670) Germany Jun 4, 2009

    Laurelwood has a kitchen/bar at one of the gates...growlers to go as well! I was surprised and stoked!
  32. pixieskid

    pixieskid Advocate (670) Germany Jun 4, 2009

    I've done the same, both times I was there too (prices aren't bad and a solid IPA in the airport, I'll take at least two if I've got a lot of time to kill, it could be more...
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  33. pixieskid

    pixieskid Advocate (670) Germany Jun 4, 2009

    Laurelwood, could be more, but I can verify they have one.
  34. Denver International has a New Belgium Hub, was totally stoked.
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  35. pitweasel

    pitweasel Advocate (550) New York Jun 11, 2007

    I knew I needed to find Goose Island last time I was in O'Hare.

    I did not know that I would find Bourbon County Stout when I got there.
    ChanChan and obrike like this.
  36. ColdOne

    ColdOne Advocate (700) New York Jan 19, 2013 Beer Trader

    This right here is why it's dangerous to check BA in the morning. This picture has me ready to skip work and move on to the important things.

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  37. JimKal

    JimKal Savant (390) North Carolina Jul 31, 2011 Verified

    I got to the Hartford Airport (BDL) early for a return trip to NC. One of the bars inside the security area was serving Brooklyn Brown and Harpoon Rye Pale Ale. I enjoyed the opportunity to try them both and Brookly Brown has turned into one of my favorite beers as a result. It is great to see something you want to try without having to buy a whole six pack. BTW I enjoyed the Rye PA but there are many rye's that I like but this is the first brown that I've really enjoyed.
  38. JamesShoemaker

    JamesShoemaker Advocate (665) Michigan Sep 21, 2012 Beer Trader

    They love their Surly up there, for good reason of course. I don't think I've ever seen such a close association between brewery and community. It's really nice.
  39. StuartCarter

    StuartCarter Savant (485) Alabama Apr 25, 2006

    Birmingham, Alabama airport has Jim N Nicks BBQ *and* Good People beer. Awesome.
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  40. brewnic

    brewnic Savant (315) Minnesota Oct 7, 2010 Beer Trader

    MSP (home airport) Ike's for tap/rock bottom has a restaurant around the corner but not as good. Most shops sell bottles from Fulton/Summit/Bell’s/and a few other locals if you don’t need to eat and bring with on the plane.

    Brewery in airports: Harpoon in Boston, Kona Honolulu, Boulevard Kansas City, LAX Karl Strauss, San Diego has a few can’t remember the names I think Karl Strauss can also be found.

    Detroit you can find Short's and Bell's at a few bars. Delta Sky lounge was Seattle because they had Alaskan on tap great for the long flight to Hawaii.
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