Airport lounge beers

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by RBlaszak, Aug 31, 2012.

  1. Pleasantly surprised by the Delta Skyclubs lately, as they seem to be making a small stab in the right direction.
    LAX has had Red Hook ESB forever, nothing special...
    MSP has started doing Summit XPA,
    Happy to see a Saugatuck IPA here in DTW today!

    I know Delta's choice to start carrying Blue Moon (didn't American get Sam Adams) isn't a strong statement for craft beer, but it does get some distance between us and the typical Lite lager or Heinieken options that have been the norm.

    Any other frequent traveler BAs? What airports are worth the layover? Conversely, any nearby establishments serving great local craft that make leaving the airport during a layover worthwhile?
  2. Glasgow Airport is one of my approximations of hell but there's a Wotherspooons inside that carries about half a dozen cask ales. The other week they even had Fyne Jarl. I fine way to ease the pain I'd say.
  3. I like that Frontier started carrying Fat Tire.

    Flight attendant: "Sir, can I get you something to drink?"
    Me: "Yes, I'd like a Fat Tire, please."
    Lady next to me: "What did he order?"
    Flight attendant: "Flat Tire. It's a darker beer. Sir, would you like a lemon?"
    Me: "No."

    Put my head down, sipping my beer, just glad she knew that Flat Tire is darker than most beers on flights.
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  4. jivex5k

    jivex5k Advocate (660) Florida Apr 13, 2011

    Cleveland has a Great Lakes bar that sells sixers too.
    Great stuff!
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  5. FosterJM

    FosterJM Champion (880) California Nov 16, 2009 Beer Trader

    Sweetwater has a pub in ATL
    New Belgium has a pub in Denver.

    These are places Ive been.

  6. Man, I was in Akron/Canton airport in May, and they also have a Great Lakes bar, but they wouldn't sell sixers to go. Should've gone to Cleveland, I guess.
  7. FanofHefe

    FanofHefe Champion (870) Illinois Feb 13, 2010

    Schlafly has a pub in the STL main concourse C. Unfortunately, I believe that has become the most unused concourse with the decline in American Airlines flights in STL. I wish they would move it, but space is a premium in the other areas.

    Cigar City has a pub in the Tampa airport, but I forget which concourse. It's the one that the Southwest flights go in and out of, because I'm hitting it for sure next time I fly through!
  8. gatornation

    gatornation Poobah (1,275) Minnesota Apr 18, 2007 Beer Trader

    Surly Taps available at Ikes MSP ,Cigar city brewing @ Tampa International TPA ^^
  9. Lutter

    Lutter Advocate (660) Texas Jun 30, 2010

    Samuel Adams has a number of beer bars in Airports if nothing else... I know I've seen one at Logan (Boston) and Atlanta.

    Hey, you could do worse! :D

    Doesn't Stone also have a place in San Diego Airport? I know they at least have one in the works.

    Austin had Sam Adams and Ziegenbock at their bar (it's a small airport, lol) last time I flew out.
  10. hiimrichie

    hiimrichie Savant (320) California Jul 11, 2012 Beer Trader

    Enjoyed Honkers Ale at the United lounge in Chicago.
  11. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Advocate (550) Oregon Aug 17, 2005 Beer Trader

    Portland is far and away the best airport I've ever been to for beer. Between Rogue, Laurelwood, and Gustav's (not to mention the half dozen other restaurants) there's probably 40 different beers available inside PDX. Best of all, there's a local ordinance in Portland that requires palces in the airport to charge "local market rates" for everything, so pints of Workhorse are only $4.

    edit: You can also buy growlers, and since they're post-security you can carry them on with you.
  12. There are a few good beer options at Charlotte Douglas International, you can usually find Foothills Hoppyum and various Old Mecklenburg beers on tap at a couple of locations throughout the airport.
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  13. robinsmv

    robinsmv Initiate (0) Florida Jun 24, 2010

    Boulevard has a bar at the Kansas city airport
  14. cyclonece09

    cyclonece09 Advocate (515) Maryland Aug 5, 2008 Verified

    Samuel Adams also has beer bars at Reagan National (Washington DC) in Terminal A both pre and post security.
  15. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Advocate (660) California Jan 2, 2010 Beer Trader

    Red Carpet Club at Ohare has Honkers, which is about as good as it gets. SNA and LAX are both Heineken and Budlight.

    Best part about the sky club at Ohare is you get to pour your own beers and spirits. Screw those scurvy bartenders...
  16. Virgin America has 21A and Anchor Steam on board.
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  17. adamdarcy

    adamdarcy Savant (485) Michigan Feb 26, 2008 Beer Trader

    Chicago ORD has Goose Island everywhere! Atlanta ATL had a SweetWater pub in the Delta terminal....I really wanted more time before my connecting flight....
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  18. ikaika122

    ikaika122 Aficionado (175) Illinois Apr 16, 2011 Beer Trader

    Not sure what terminal it is, but the terminal in Ohare that Virgin America flies out of has a Goose Island pub. They had Matilda and Sofie on tap when I was there and had just sold out of BCBS bottles according to them,
  19. champ103

    champ103 Champion (965) Texas Sep 3, 2007 Beer Trader

    Denver has a New Belgium hub at the airport, as well as a Rock Bottom. I believe O'Hare has a Goose Island pub that has been there for a long time. As was mentioned, you can't go wrong with Sam Adams. Especially when they have a pub in Atlanta and Charleston. I have found nothing of interest at George W in Houston, but maybe I am missing another Sam Adams place?

    Traveling internationally, London Heathrow has some Weatherspoon pubs with a few casks. I remember Amsterdam Schiphol had a few interesting places to have a beer. I can't remember the names off hand right now. Same with Tokyo Narita. Aberdeen International now has a Weatherspoon with a few casks as well. I have nothing good to say at all about Paris Charles De Gaulle:mad: , and Incheon International in Seoul is about as boring an airport I have been to for pubs and beer (the actual airport is quit nice though). I travel a lot.
  20. Had some MS Sockeye Red's as well as a couple other local craft beers at Humpy's in Anchorage International airport, Pretty happy about that since while i was in Anchorage i didnt get to enjoy very much local beer due to there not being any bars in the middle of Prince William Sound..
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  21. mudbug

    mudbug Advocate (595) Oregon Mar 27, 2009

    Agree PDX is one of the most enjoyable terminals in the US
  22. There's also a Sam Adams at the St. Pete/Clearwater airport. I didn't stop in, and it looked like only 3 taps (it's asmall airport).
  23. herrburgess

    herrburgess Poobah (1,035) South Carolina Nov 4, 2009 Beer Trader

    Belgian Beer Cafe in Brussels National is nice. Also always a treat to end my Germany trips in the Munich Airport with a Weisswurst breakfast and a tall Hofbrau Hefeweizen.
  24. TerpBax

    TerpBax Aficionado (165) Texas Jul 2, 2009

    Please don't refer to Zeigenbock as craft. It is 100% BMC.
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  25. jivex5k

    jivex5k Advocate (660) Florida Apr 13, 2011

    Like Goose Island?
  26. The only thing interesting is one beer only available at IAH (for those tickers), Cat Cora's Houston Pale Ale. There is the same at her SFO restaurant in the Virgin America/AA terminal. (Cat Cora's San Francisco Pale Ale. No idea if they are different.)
  27. Austin has Real Ale available at several establishments.
  28. Atlanta has a Sweetwater Brewpub (I don't think they brew there). I was in Philly 2 weeks ago and had to eat dinner there. Went to Real Sea Food and lucked out, they had Harpoon IPA.
  29. RedBeeron

    RedBeeron Savant (270) California Jul 7, 2012

    Epic is a reasonable cab ride away from SLC.
  30. smakawhat

    smakawhat Poobah (1,310) Maryland Mar 18, 2008 Verified

    The vast majority of airports SUCK...
  31. NWer

    NWer Advocate (740) Washington Mar 10, 2009 Beer Trader

    Jet Rock Bar & Grill Terminal D [PHL] Phenomenal beer tap list - didn't count how many but a lot. I had a Hop Devil & a Rye IPA (Dock Street) many more to choose from.
  32. YamBag

    YamBag Savant (285) Pennsylvania Feb 2, 2007

    Been a couple years, but sky harbor used to have a Gordon Biersch pub and always had their pale bock on tap
  33. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poobah (1,080) California Jan 31, 2005 Beer Trader

    I love PDX!!! Portland Oregon. Many options there. Laurelwood is great, but you can find many NW brews throughout the airport. And you can take a bomber on the plane, cause you bought it after TSA. Awesome!!!
  34. NWer

    NWer Advocate (740) Washington Mar 10, 2009 Beer Trader

    Is there ANYTHING Portland doesn't do right?
    If this is weird, Keep Portland Weird!
  35. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poobah (1,080) California Jan 31, 2005 Beer Trader

  36. Logan Has a Boston Beer works. They make a good blueberry if your into that, their options are solid not mind blowing.
  37. drtth

    drtth Poobah (1,205) Pennsylvania Nov 25, 2007

    There is also a Jet Rock in B that some folks like better, and both have better tap lists than the Frequent Flyer lounges....
  38. And to expand upon Munchen Flughafen I presume you are reffering to Airbrau?
    An actual brewpub in the airport, 2 regulars and a seasonal and the cheapest beers in Munich at E2.50 a half litre!
  39. Anyone know what Seattle Tacoma has ?

    I'm flying out of there in November.
  40. The Virgin Atlantic Lounge in Boston and long trail double bag was the best they had and a surprise. Reykjavik just had two different Icelandic beers that tasted exactly like the other Icelandic beers they had on the plane which were only slightly better than Budweiser.