Airport lounge beers

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

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. RBlaszak

    RBlaszak Initiate (146) Jul 6, 2009 Michigan

    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. Zimbo

    Zimbo Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2010 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    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. carteravebrew

    carteravebrew Zealot (510) Jan 21, 2010 Colorado

    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.
    syrupjoe likes this.
  4. jivex5k

    jivex5k Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2011 Florida

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

    FosterJM Poo-Bah (2,719) Nov 16, 2009 California
    Beer Trader

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

    These are places Ive been.

  6. carteravebrew

    carteravebrew Zealot (510) Jan 21, 2010 Colorado

    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 Meyvn (1,144) Feb 13, 2010 Illinois

    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 Poo-Bah (3,667) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

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

    Lutter Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    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! :grinning:

    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 Aspirant (215) Jul 11, 2012 California
    Beer Trader

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

    maltmaster420 Aspirant (297) Aug 17, 2005 Oregon
    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. JulianB

    JulianB Initiate (0) Feb 1, 2012 South Carolina

    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.
    beerindex likes this.
  13. robinsmv

    robinsmv Initiate (0) Jun 24, 2010 Florida

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

    cyclonece09 Meyvn (1,089) Aug 5, 2008 Maryland

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

    OneBeertoRTA Devotee (497) Jan 2, 2010 California
    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. TheRealDBCooper

    TheRealDBCooper Aspirant (209) Mar 17, 2010 Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands
    Beer Trader

    Virgin America has 21A and Anchor Steam on board.
    afrokaze likes this.
  17. adamdarcy

    adamdarcy Initiate (192) Feb 26, 2008 Michigan
    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....
    beerindex likes this.
  18. ikaika122

    ikaika122 Initiate (177) Apr 16, 2011 Illinois
    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 Poo-Bah (4,211) Sep 3, 2007 Texas
    Premium Member 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:angry: , 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. jaminjohnson

    jaminjohnson Initiate (189) Jul 3, 2012 Yukon (Canada)

    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..
    afrokaze likes this.
  21. mudbug

    mudbug Defender (612) Mar 27, 2009 Oregon

    Agree PDX is one of the most enjoyable terminals in the US
  22. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 Poo-Bah (2,149) May 30, 2005 Michigan
    Premium Member

    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 Meyvn (1,043) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina
    Industry 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 Initiate (0) Jul 2, 2009 Texas

    Please don't refer to Zeigenbock as craft. It is 100% BMC.
    ShameAndFailure and SammyJaxxxx like this.
  25. jivex5k

    jivex5k Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2011 Florida

    Like Goose Island?
  26. TheRealDBCooper

    TheRealDBCooper Aspirant (209) Mar 17, 2010 Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands
    Beer Trader

    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. TheRealDBCooper

    TheRealDBCooper Aspirant (209) Mar 17, 2010 Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands
    Beer Trader

    Austin has Real Ale available at several establishments.
  28. bigflatsbeerman

    bigflatsbeerman Aspirant (242) Nov 2, 2005 New York

    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 Initiate (0) Jul 7, 2012 California
    Beer Trader

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

    imbibehour Poo-Bah (6,441) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
    Premium Member Beer Trader

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

    NWer Crusader (727) Mar 10, 2009 Washington
    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 Initiate (190) Feb 2, 2007 Pennsylvania

    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 Poo-Bah (2,021) Jan 31, 2005 California
    Premium Member 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 Crusader (727) Mar 10, 2009 Washington
    Beer Trader

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

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (2,021) Jan 31, 2005 California
    Premium Member Beer Trader

  36. BigCheese

    BigCheese Defender (689) Jul 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    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 Poo-Bah (3,376) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    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. Ruds

    Ruds Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2008 United Kingdom (England)

    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. Ruds

    Ruds Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2008 United Kingdom (England)

    Anyone know what Seattle Tacoma has ?

    I'm flying out of there in November.
  40. Jnorton00

    Jnorton00 Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    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.
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.