· Virgin America
They haven’t announced the availability of in-flight Molson or Labatt to correspond with their new destinations north of the border, but Virgin America has way more options than most airlines. They have the traditional favorites like Heineken and Bud Light, but there are also options from Black Star Beer and Gordon Biersch that put them ahead of the competition. We’re big hop-heads, so our pick for a beer aboard Virgin America has got to be Brew Free or Die IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery. Not only are there six different varieties of hops to wake you up, but the higher alcohol content—7.0% by volume—will help you talk to that cutie in 17A on the in-flight messaging system.
· Continental Airlines
Most legacy carriers within the United States are lacking in the beer department, but Continental knows that people don’t just want wine all the time. Unfortunately, you are going to need to go a somewhere a little more exotic than Newark Airport to experience some of the airline’s best options. On domestic flights Corona, Heineken, and Miller Lite are the usual options. However, if you’re headed to Asia, Ashai, Tsing Tao, and Yanjing all become possibilities for an in-flight sudsy selection. They even stock the plane with Goldstar on flights from Israel back to the United States. This pale lager is Kosher, of course.
· Porter Airlines
The little airline with the big reputation gets on our list because their in-flight beer is free for everyone. They could probably offer Pabst Blue Ribbon and still make our list, but thankfully they do not. Located right by their home base in Toronto is Steam Whistle Brewing Company, and the brewery has teamed up with the airline to serve Steam Whistle’s Premium Pilsner up in the air. We’ve visited the brewery in Toronto—it’s inside an old railroad roundhouse and were impressed. The beer is golden in color and has a pretty balanced taste, but it’s not their only option. Porter also hauls options from Alexander Keith’s Brewery in Nova Scotia including an IPA option. It isn’t as bitter as some of its IPA beer brethren, so it’s a good choice if you’re looking to have more than just one.
· Lufthansa Airlines
The German airline was one of our picks for best in-flight cocktails, and they’re also on our list for best beers. After all, the largest airline in Germany—a country famous for beer—probably knows a thing or to about malt, hops, and barley. Unfortunately, Lufthansa seems to focus a little too much on fancy wine pairings, but there are a few German beers to help you get through your flight. There are usually a few options from Warsteiner Brewery. All of their beers are brewed according to the guidelines set forth in the Germany Purity Law of 1516; so any of their options should be a safe choice.
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