You know when you walk on an airplane, and you immediately realize you’re most likely going to burn a hole in your wallet by consuming only a few in-flight drinks? We’re familiar with the feeling, but besides being able to build your own classic cocktails (utilizing several carry-on ingredients), one airline in particular has upped the ante by adding select craft beers to their in-flight beverage menu.
Delta airlines has recently began stocking their beverage carts with a range of regional craft brews in the hope of providing a more local feel to their already existing beverage and meal options. Giving all customers on specific U.S. flight routes a craft beer option, Delta offers picks the following breweries:
- Ballast Point Brewing Company (San Diego, CA)
- Blue Point Brewing Company (Long Island, NY)
- Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn, NY)
- Lagunitas Brewing Company (Petaluma, CA)
- Newburyport Brewing Company (Newburyport, MA)
- Samuel Adams (Boston, MA)
- Stone Brewing Company (Escondido, CA)
- SweetWater Brewery (Atlanta, GA)
While some brews are only available on select routes (Lagunitas and Stone beer are exclusively offered on Delta’s west coast shuttle, traveling from Los Angeles to San Francisco), some beers (i.e. Samuel Adams) are available on all flights. More importantly, craft beers on east coast shuttle flights are complimentary (yes, that’s right, free), while those on transcontinental, southeast and all other flights cost around $7.
We think Delta is ahead of the curve with this beverage initiative, and we’re sure you’re with us when we say we will praise the day other airlines hop on the craft beer bandwagon.