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United Says 'Cheers' To More Beers

April 2, 2015 at 9:39 AM | by | ()

Good news for those who enjoy an in-flight happy hour, as once again United Airlines is reaching into the craft beer cellar and picking out a new selection.

The airline is continuing their partnership with Chicago’s Goose Island Beer Company, as this time it’s the Goose IPA that is being loaded into the beverage cart. This is beverage option number two from United and Goose Island, as they have already been serving up 312 Urban Wheat Ale for a little bit of time. Eventually the Goose IPA will replace the former option, as United looks to rollout the new ale worldwide throughout April.

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Southwest Airlines Adds a Pair of New Beers to The Beverage Cart

January 26, 2015 at 1:45 PM | by | ()

2014 was a big year for ales and lagers--in the air--and it's only getting better in 2015 as Southwest Airlines has already added two new beers!

Now Southwest flights will stock Leinenkugel's seasonal craft selections, along with Dos Equis Lager Especial . We recognize that these aren’t necessarily the microbrews you might be looking for, but we’ve never frowned upon a more varied selection.

It’ll be $5 for either of these new options, or you can you use one of your Rapid Rewards drink coupons. The options from Leinenkugel will change with the seasons, so expect Snowdrift Vanilla Porter if you’re flying anytime soon. Other options will include Summer Shandy during warmer weather, and Oktoberfest in the fall.

Oh—and if you need something to go alongside your drink there’s always peanuts. Southwest is transitioning back to honey roasted peanuts—they’re free—throughout the rest of 2015.

[Photo: styloloco ]

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The Best In-Flight Amenity of 2014

December 30, 2014 at 9:50 AM | by | ()

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2014 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Now we take a brief look back at the best and worst of 2014 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

Sure legroom is reduced, seats are slim, and checking your bag might just cost you a few extra bucks; however, in some ways flying has never been better. 2014 proved this fact through the proliferation onboard of one of our favorite in-flight amenities—craft beer.

No offense to the big boy bottlers, but we have had our fill of the most common domestic options. Thankfully carriers from Alaska Airlines to Virgin America have gotten with the craft beer movement, and that’s why an improved onboard beer selection is our pick for the in-flight amenity of the year.

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The Best Limited Edition Beer is the One Poured at 35,000 Feet

Where: Denmark
September 17, 2014 at 2:43 PM | by | ()

September is, without a doubt, the height of beer news for the year. There's Oktoberfest, the release of pumpkin seasonals, autumn beer tests, and airline beverage menu revamps. For 2014, SAS has some big news to share on that last front; they've partnered with Denmark's Mikkeller craft brewery to develop SAS Wit, onboard SAS long-haul flights in Business Class.

According to Mikkeller's Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, "it's a wheat beer in the Belgian tradition—fresh with a summery taste of orange peel and cilantro. As such, it's a bit cloudy with residue from yeast and wheat."

Already SAS has expanded the partnership to include an upcoming sweet red lager (preview of the cans below).

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Cheers! These 13 Airlines Aren't Afraid to Pour the Good Champagne

January 2, 2014 at 1:36 PM | by | ()

Just because the confetti is cleaned up, Auld Lang Syne is retired in your iTunes playlist, and your outfit from New Year's Eve is at the dry-cleaners doesn't mean we still can't talk about one of the best parts of ringing in a new year: a champagne toast! Since 'popping bottles' is for such special occasions, we can't think of a better way to sip some bubbles than when on a plane heading for a new destination.

While some airlines have a knack for feeding passengers fine food like lobster and caviar, there are thankfully more still taking sparkling wines just as serious. If your 2014 travel plans include flights in First or Business Class on the following carriers, be sure to reach for that PDB (pre-departure beverage) and ask for a flute of these fine pours:

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Napa Valley Normal: Sipping Chardonnay with Delta's Sommelier

December 20, 2012 at 6:04 PM | by | ()

These "The One" glasses were designed by Andrea

Napa Valley is a weird place. It's kind of demure, with rolling hills blanketed in low rows of lush vineyards, but also kind of action central, as the chances are high that the person cooking your food or pouring your wine is at the top of the industry. Recently we ventured into kitchens, cellars and wineries (all accessible to you, too) in search of the extraordinarly yummy, which really is the norm in Napa.

In-flight wines get such a bad rap. Unlike airplane coffee, which is still all too frequently little better than "brown water," the reds and whites of the trolley have improved enough to warrant an airline bringing in someone like Andrea Robinson to expertly curate wine lists every season.

Andrea, a certified Master Sommelier/best-selling author/wine glass designer, has been the official Delta sommelier since February 2008 and it's her you have to thank for that smooth, in-flight buzz after your second glass because, to her, it's not just about getting blitzed onboard. In fact, Delta's transcontinental BusinessElite wine program turned completely to California wines from this September. The majority are from the Napa Valley, but there's always a focus on the richer, fuller bodied vintages to combat the effects of altitude on our tastebuds.

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An In-Flight Drink Gone Nearly Extinct: The 'Lufthansa Cocktail'

November 30, 2012 at 7:29 PM | by | ()

It's been far too long since we last named an "in-flight cocktail of the month," but there's a good reason for that. You see, airlines just don't offer all the libations they once did, and a prime example of this is the classic Lufthansa Cocktail.

Though the Orange-Apricot liquor of 12 ingredients was once served to passengers onboard Lufthansa flights decades ago (sometimes even in cute mini bottles), the Lufthansa Cocktail is now so extremely rare that it can only be had in two ways:

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What TWA's Royal Ambassador Flyers Were Eating Onboard in 1981

August 3, 2012 at 6:10 PM | by | ()

Staying true to our promise to open a vintage TWA Royal Ambassador-class menu, we finish this Friday with a cocktail and a toast to the days when ordering red meat onboard was accompanied by the question, "how would you prefer it cooked?"

You've already seen the cocktail list onboard this 1981 flight in Business Class, but here we present it in totality:

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What TWA's Royal Ambassador Flyers Were Drinking Onboard in 1981

August 1, 2012 at 6:24 PM | by | ()

For quite a while here on Jaunted, we held a monthly tradition of featuring an in-flight cocktail served up onboard an airline's flights. Sadly we had to put it on hiatus as we simply ran out of cocktails; blame the airlines cutting back on meal services.

Today we turn to a recent find to show how it once was, when airlines (an American airline, even) offered more than a Bloody Mary or Jack and Coke. We turn to TWA in 1981.

This menu, Royal Ambassador class international, very likely was loaded onto the plane at their JFK hub—Terminal 5—saw its way over the Atlantic and back, and ended up amongst someone's memories of a European trip. We picked it up at an antique shop in Chicago.

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OMG. In-Flight Bubble Tea.

Where: Malaysia
July 11, 2012 at 9:51 AM | by | ()

Remember when we recommended what to purchase on your next AirAsia flight? Well, the super budget, yet uber cheeky, budget carrier has added another item to add to the list. Bubble Tea!

If you know the magic of bubble tea, you understand our excitement. If you haven't tasted it's refreshing goodness with little surprises, let us tell you, you are missing out. You may have seen people toting clear plastic cups of tea with black 'pearls' on the bottom, usually punctuated with a brightly colored fat straw. It's flavored tea, mostly chilled, usually served over large black tapioca pearls. The sweet, balanced and exotic flavor of the tea is kind of a big deal in Asia and international cafes.

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In-Flight Cocktail of the Month: Virgin Atlantic's 'Virgin Kiss'

December 2, 2011 at 2:04 PM | by | ()

As many already know, we have a serious obsession with airline cocktails, and so much is our passion that we've created a whole first-Friday-of-the-month feature called In-Flight Cocktail of the Month, which highlights the special concoctions that flight attendants whip up with only a cocktail shaker, some tiny liquor bottles and a whole lot of hope that it won't make you drunk and unruly.

Up until now, Virgin Atlantic's In-Flight Cocktail of the Month accolades have been the liquidy soundtrack to our past two summers. But a cocktail is for life, not just the hot months, so for December we're warming up with the SFO Clubhouse's signature cocktail: the Virgin Kiss.

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In-Flight Cocktail of the Month: ANA's 'Aromatic Kabosu'

Where: Japan
November 4, 2011 at 2:17 PM | by | ()

As many already know, we have a serious obsession with airline cocktails, and so much is our passion that we've created a whole first-Friday-of-the-month feature called In-Flight Cocktail of the Month, which highlights the special concoctions that flight attendants whip up with only a cocktail shaker, some tiny liquor bottles and a whole lot of hope that it won't make you drunk and unruly.

Now that the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner is finally up in the air and regularly flying passengers around Japan with All Nippon Airways, it's time to start thinking about making the trip. When you do, it's not only a unique experience because of the chance to fly the latest in commercial aviation technology, but also because ANA features little details in their in-flight service you don't find on other airlines.

For one, ANA still gives out metal utensils (stamped with the ANA logo) to first, business and economy passengers at mealtimes. For another, they have their own special non-alcoholic drink called "Aromatic Kabosu."

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