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Airport experiences

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by lsummers, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. lsummers

    lsummers Advocate (535) California Jun 21, 2010

    What's your favorite airport experience with craft beer? I know a few will be traveling this time of year and me sitting here realizing I've had way more options at an airport bar than now has me thinking how lucky I was. Oh we'll at least I have bbc Boston lager and SN pale ale. So I've got a solid session able option!

    I do remember some canceled flights where the bar experience has been so much fun.
  2. Oneinchaway

    Oneinchaway Savant (310) California Jun 12, 2011 Beer Trader

    LAX: Golden Road, Karl Strauss, and Gordon Biersch. I guess more selection than an experience. The experiences have been more interesting with liquor.
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  3. MADPolo

    MADPolo Savant (465) Alabama Dec 19, 2012

    Luckily Tampa International Airport by me has a nice little Cigar City Brew Pub right in the hub and they have the favorites like Jai Alai IPA and Maduro, but they also brew onsite an exclusive Jannus Pale Ale. It's a nice place to stop before a flight out.
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  4. juankzas

    juankzas Aficionado (240) Mexico Jun 13, 2008

    Portland is great, there's a Laurelwood, and the best is the prices are the same than in town.
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  5. I flew through O'Hare on Thanksgiving, and the Goose Island Brewpub location in the airport had BCBS. Also, the Frontera Grill location in O'Hare will sell beer in a to-go cup - I wandered around Concourse F w/ a Matilda in hand.
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  6. EJLinneman

    EJLinneman Savant (465) New Jersey Mar 2, 2009 Beer Trader

    Philly airport has some legit good beer bars.
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  7. Finatic

    Finatic Savant (300) Florida Jan 16, 2011

    Pretty bad when you have to plan your travel itinerary around Southwest and Air Tran because they are the only Carriers on that concourse.
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  8. Jules11788

    Jules11788 Savant (420) California Feb 15, 2011

    I've never had a stellar experience at the airport, simply because they charge you $9 for a 20oz pour of Sierra Pale or Speakeasy Big Daddy, or something like that. The prices are so exorbitant that it's not even worth it in my mind

    Edit: After reading some of these other stories about getting Cigar City and BCBS at the airport, it's obvious that I'm flying out of the wrong airports
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  9. deuce9259

    deuce9259 Savant (355) Ohio Dec 28, 2011 Beer Trader

    Usually I fly out of Detroit, but nothing comes to mind for good craft beer.

    Goose Island @ O'hare
    New Belgium @ Denver
    Saratoga @ Albany (very small..but good IPA)
  10. Which? I'm flying out of there in a couple weeks. :)
  11. EJLinneman

    EJLinneman Savant (465) New Jersey Mar 2, 2009 Beer Trader

    I can't remember the exact terminal, but it was in the Philly International Airport. It was a while back when I found the beer bars.
  12. flexabull

    flexabull Champion (820) California Mar 9, 2006 Beer Trader

    I think that's the first time I seen anything positive mentioned about LAX.
  13. plemori

    plemori Zealot (80) Wisconsin Apr 18, 2012

    i actually missed a flight because of the new belgium pub in denver!
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  14. RC0032

    RC0032 Aficionado (240) Illinois Mar 10, 2009 Beer Trader

    And you need it because if there is a hint of rain you are delayed :(

    People need to add what terminal has said good places.
  15. CA_Infidel2o9

    CA_Infidel2o9 Savant (310) Dec 1, 2012

    Sitting in the Seattle airport right now. I thought the beer selection would be better, but the best i could find was Red Hook IPA. Zero SN PA (really?) Then there's alaskan amber, stella, boston lager, & bud light. I have a feeling i'm missing somethin better in here. Help me out NWers!!
  16. Just flew out of Portland, OR last night. They have a Rouge and Laurelwood pubs at the airport. City law dictates that prices have to be the same as their other locations outside of the airport. Had a couple nice $4.50 beers at Laurelwood before heading out on a red eye.
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  17. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Washington Dec 16, 2011

    Squatters pub at the Salt Lake City airport. I had a 2 hour layover there with my parents so we hit the pub. I had 2 Hop Rising DIPA's then split a 750 mil bottle of Squatters Outer Darkness Imperial Stout with my parents. I was feeling pretty good when we got on the plane.....who knew you could drink such good beer in the Salt Lake City airport.
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  18. EJLinneman

    EJLinneman Savant (465) New Jersey Mar 2, 2009 Beer Trader

    Yeah, the flight delay was actually how I found out about this place. I did a little research on this. There's actually some reviews on BA about the bar I was talking about. It's name is Jet Rock:

    There are three Jet Rock Locations at the Airport.
    They are in concourses B and D and they are all different with different tap lists and different food options.
    The Terminal B has its own kitchen and a full menu (and better beer).
  19. akbeerfiend

    akbeerfiend Aficionado (120) Alaska May 14, 2009

    There is a kind of upscale restaurant at Seatac which has a better selection than the Alaskan bar but still nothing exciting, maybe a deschutes seasonal or black butte yay!
  20. jbeezification

    jbeezification Savant (450) Texas Jun 6, 2012

    Wow. I am constantly astonished at how much better off the northern other states have it in regards to craft beer. I couldn't even imagine having a brewpub in an airport, I would probably try to hang out in airports if they had that in Texas.
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  21. CA_Infidel2o9

    CA_Infidel2o9 Savant (310) Dec 1, 2012

    Yeah they don't let ppl arriving, enter the leaving part of the airport, and i think i see a decent bar over there. DAMN!!
  22. DocJitsu

    DocJitsu Savant (440) California Dec 28, 2009

    My first experience of Karl Strauss was at LAX too. I dug it a lot. However, once it started to be available nearly everywhere, it lost some of its allure.
  23. CA_Infidel2o9

    CA_Infidel2o9 Savant (310) Dec 1, 2012

    The prices are outrageous bro, $6.84 16oz, 8.84 20oz...
  24. lurchingbeast

    lurchingbeast Initiate (0) Illinois Feb 19, 2009

    Yup. I got hammered at the Laurelwood pub in PDX on a 4 1/2 hour layover a couple years back. Very reasonable prices and a killer giant nacho to boot.
  25. jfh

    jfh Savant (275) California Apr 25, 2008 Beer Trader

    Good combo for us in past years: fly United through Denver and hit the New Belgium hub. They're in the same Terminal, B, I think.
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  26. CA_Infidel2o9

    CA_Infidel2o9 Savant (310) Dec 1, 2012


    Now that's how you make the best of a lay over.
  27. lurchingbeast

    lurchingbeast Initiate (0) Illinois Feb 19, 2009

    I searched hard for a decent pub in SeaTac to watch the Bears choke to the Seahawks and couldn't find anything better than Alaskan Amber and SNPA.
  28. DaveAnderson

    DaveAnderson Advocate (695) Minnesota Jan 11, 2011 Verified

    You can buy bottles of Oregon beers for carry-on inside the Portland airport. The selection wasn't stellar, but I did grab some Nankasis and a Seizoen Bretta from Logsdon.
  29. akbeerfiend

    akbeerfiend Aficionado (120) Alaska May 14, 2009

  30. SanFranJake

    SanFranJake Poobah (1,005) California Nov 2, 2012 Beer Trader

    Isn't that a state mandate? I recall seeing a sign in the airport saying that the prices there are the same as in town by law.
  31. Dtapeski

    Dtapeski Aficionado (230) Colorado Oct 26, 2012

    In addition to Squatters, they have a Gordon Biersch in Terminal 1 and Vino Volo Ale House in Terminal 2. Had way too much at Vino Volo this summer during a 5 hour delay.
  32. juankzas

    juankzas Aficionado (240) Mexico Jun 13, 2008

    Yes it's a state mandate, I meant that the best (of Portland Airport) is that the prices are the same as in town
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  33. SanFranJake

    SanFranJake Poobah (1,005) California Nov 2, 2012 Beer Trader

    I'll be up there in a few weeks, so this will be nice.
  34. vurt

    vurt Advocate (715) Oregon Apr 11, 2004 Beer Trader

    Another word about Portland: the Gustav's Pub and Grill has had a Lucky Labrador beer on tap the past 3 times I've been up there. The bottled beer selection at the Made in Oregon shop is just amazing for an airport gift shop (Laurelwood, HUB, Logsdon, Vertigo, Alameda, seasonals too). You can take bottles as carry-on if you have a direct flight.
  35. JrGtr

    JrGtr Savant (460) Massachusetts Apr 13, 2006 Verified

    Came here to say this. Had a four-hour layover there one time. Saw that place, holed up at a table in the corner with some eats, a book and a series of Polygamy Porter, Hop Rising, etc.
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  36. vurt

    vurt Advocate (715) Oregon Apr 11, 2004 Beer Trader

    One place where I was really surprised to find craft beer options is the small airport in Springfield, MO. When I flew through there last September, they offered 3 beers each from Boulevard and locals Springfield Brewing and Mothers Brewing, including seasonals. (All bottles, no craft on draft.)
  37. ShanePB

    ShanePB Poobah (1,000) Pennsylvania Sep 6, 2010 Beer Trader

    PHL definitely has some good bars for those of you who pass through. I recently had a layover in Chicago MDW, and was a little disappointed with the selection. The best thing I found on tap was Goose Island 312.
  38. I second Jet Rock as having an extensive tap list. It's been a while, since I always seem to have the misfortune of flying out of Terminal C. The other terminals have Chickie & Pete's, which at least usually has a couple Victory standards, etc.
  39. dcloeren

    dcloeren Advocate (515) Texas Sep 15, 2010 Beer Trader

    I had a great layover in Cleveland hanging out at the Great Lakes Brewpub. You could take a 4 pack to go and the food was actually really good.
  40. flexabull

    flexabull Champion (820) California Mar 9, 2006 Beer Trader

    Is it true that you can fill a growler at Laurelwood before you board a plane too? Thought I read that on here once.